You're looking at a visit to Larry Beckelman's
Larry Beckelman and his wife, both SAGA members,
run a 40-acre ranch near Arivaca, Arizona. I visited them in June, 2001. After a pleasant
hour drive from Tucson, the road turned from pavement to well-compacted dirt. Lined with
a healthy assortment of desert growth, the catclaw, mesquite, and desert grasses gave way
to a manicured entrance way surrounded by a beautiful, meandering adobe, hip-high wall.
These adobe walls, built by Larry and his wife, cover much of the area close to the main
house. Here they cradle a shady area ajacent to the main house. You can see a farm
plow framed by hand-made adobe walls in this particularly attractive shot.
Gourd Farm and Cattle Ranch
by Kasin Hunter.
Soon Larry came to greet me. Larry (always clothed in his trusty hat), his dog and I
wasted no time in finding his gourd barn.
Larry made no bones about being an avid recycler. Like most private ranchers in Arizona,
Larry creates his living by doing what he can, when he can. Ranch owners have to be quick
to show quite a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness to keep their enterprise going.
Recycling building materials is an expertise of Larry's. This gourd barn is made from
recycled materials. Larry and his family built their entire house by hand, too. Not bad!
The entire half of the gourd barn is built with drying racks for the beloved gourds.
These are last year's gourds, already dried.
More gorgeous gourds, here.