Kip's Desert Book Club
Nut Grass by James Hagerty
February 5, 2018 in Morongo valley

791 Author James Hagerty is looking forward to having us visit him on February 5th at 7pm at his house and studio in Morongo Valley. He was raised on a farm in Thermal, California in the 1950's and wrote his book, Nut Grass, about the dramatic travails of a rather dysfunctional migrant farm worker family who lived there for a while. Hard copies of this book have dried up recently, but it is available digitally on Amazon, and a few used copies are floating around on Alibris and Abe books. If you want a new paperback, contact me at The author has kindly provided me with a limited supply which I can mail to you for $20, including postage, in the USA.

new monthly program: plant meditations
with herbalist rachel burgos
January 21, 2018 at 1pm behind the bail bonds

On Sunday, January 21st at 1pm, join herbalist Rachel Burgos (of Snakeroot Apothecary) in creating a community Materia Medica based on direct experiences we will have with plants. Over the next few months we will build this body of collected knowledge through plant meditations, medicinal plant walks, and conversations about our relationships with these beings. Everyone is welcome, free of charge with no sign ups required!

the insanity principle workshops
taught by artist linda carmella sibio
january 13, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center

Photo by Sarah Lyon, from Linda Carmella Sibio's "Origins" performance at "The Palm Talks" at HDTS 2017

We are proud to present “The Insanity Principle Workshops” taught by painter and performance artist Linda Carmella Sibio every second Saturday through April 2018 in Joshua Tree. The workshops include a variety of multilayered psychological techniques, developed by Sibio, tapping into memory, play, and personal narrative as a source for art making. 
high desert test kitchen
january theme: sticks and stones
january 15, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center


This month we’re trying something different. January’s dinner is the first of two in which we’re not featuring an ingredient, but instead focusing on concepts. The winter is an ideal time to step back and evaluate our relationship to the plants we’ve been harvesting; have we been harvesting in a sustainable manner that doesn’t harm the plant? Are we overharvesting, or diminishing food supplies for wild animals? How can we be better stewards and nurture those plants that we visit for sustenance and culinary inspiration? So while the plant kingdom takes a nap, we’ll leave them alone and instead play with inorganic or non-living materials that create the backdrop for our resting greenery.

submit an entry for the 2018 desert destination log!
a collaborative collection of information about local sites of interest
submission deadline EXTENDED to january 15, 2018

Do you have a passion for a must-see destination in the High Desert area or beyond (up to a day-trip's distance from Joshua Tree)? High Desert Test Sites and A-Z West are now accepting submissions for the 2018 edition of our Desert Destination Log! The A-Z West/HDTS Desert Destination Log is a collaborative collection of information about local destinations and sites of interest that have been either gathered over time for research purposes, or have been submitted by friends of HDTS and A-Z West residents. The second edition will come out in early 2018, and will be available to purchase at the HDTS HQ, on the HDTS web store, and at a few other exciting locations TBA!