Interpretation at Sauer-Beckmann Farm
Sauer-Beckmann Farm; interviewer: Kati
Interpretation at Parks and Historic Sites requires skills in communication such as story-telling and writing, teaching skills, and knowledge in cultural resources, natural resources and people management.
Read the sign about the Mesquite (pronounced "Mes-keet"):
The fruits of this tree are eaten by many domestic and wild animals. Cabeza de Vaca noted that the Coahuiltecan Indians of South Texas relied heavily on mesquite beans for food. "Mesquitamal," as the Spaniards called it, was a concoction of ground mesquite beans and other seeds and berries.
The rancher's association with mesquite has not been wholly beneficial. Mesquite has increased during the past 120 years on prairies disturbed by overgrazing and control of natural fire. Once established, mesquite is difficult to control. Mesquite's excessive use of valuable soil moisture further deteriorates the grass supply and invites other undesirable plants like prickly pear.
Though mesquite is adaptable to many soils, it grows particularly well in deep, fertile, alluvial soils such as the one on which you are standing.
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