Funny you should mention it...
...AusMac (a.k.a Treebeard) is quite the expert
on growing food (& much more) in arid conditions.
I've known Peter long enough to have seen photos of
virtually every property he's occupied since birth..
ALL of them are remarkable by being an oasis amidst
nearly dessert surroundings.
Peter was influenced by his mum that worked hard at
planting native trees & shrubs everywhere she lived.
Peter's property is remarkable in that you can actually
see it from space on Google Earth... virtually the only
patch of green (other than neighbours with mown Lawns..
..WATER HOGS..) in the vicinity.
All the animals, from the bees, breaded dragon lizards,
& varieties of colourful parrots & gallahs, $ snakes,
to the hawks (the top predators in Peter's Paradise)
all live in concert on the small patch of land created
FROM THE GROUND UP by laboriously dragging home the
discarded waste from wineries & gardens for kilometers
around, turned into compost & mulch (to feed the soil
and conserve water) planting trees as wind breaks, and
renewable source of fire wood.......
...you know the story...
It's the science behind How-To Turn Around A DUSTBOWL
Anyway... Peter's Paradise is a living testament that
IT CAN BE DONE... 'HOW-TO Create Your VERY OWN ECO-SYSTEM'
...For Fun & Profit.
So he shares his bounty with the native animals from
tree fruits & nuts to nectaring insects, spiders & birds he
delights in photographing have come to populate his gardens.
I've said many times (not sure if he gets the reference)"BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME"
sorry Aus.. I know how you hate for me to brag on you,
but you really should Stop Hiding Your Lamp Under A Bushel