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January 2010 Blog Posts (16)

Successful Farm Tour!

I'd like to thank everyone that attended the BYOG farm tour yesterday. Thanks to my shareholders that attended and to Chef Lou ( and Farmer Casey ( for their contributions! I look forward to next year and hope you will keep in touch via my blogsite: ! One last thank you to the PPG tour coordinators, you are the best!

:D… Continue

Added by Bobbi Smith on January 31, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

New location for Bird Care information.

If you raise doves or pigeons for Micro livestock, I have posted the free pigeon and dove care and rescue book for easy viewing here:
Pigeons are a great part of permaculture. They add a pulse of life to the garden, and free manure.
Duck Care, Rabbit Care, and Chicken Care will also be uploaded. It is a site for fiction works but I could not find one for non-fiction posts.

Added by Philodice on January 31, 2010 at 8:06am — No Comments

Compost Burrito

This was a project I started in 2007 to help a blood orange tree that struggled for several years on a dry hot slope in our backyard. It had thin foliage and produced only a few small oranges each season. I tried composting the tree but the compost invariably drifted down the slope. The "compost burrito" was my solution to hold the compost in place. I simply cut from one side to the center of a 6x6 ft burlap tarp and slipped the tarp around the tree. Next I put down a 3-inch layer of finished… Continue

Added by John Eisenhower on January 24, 2010 at 4:03pm — No Comments

More Seedlings coming up!

My kid pool pie has more seedlings coming up. I even have turnip coming up! Pictures to come later today! The seedlings from last week are growing really well I think.

Added by Melissa Rennells on January 23, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

What is a CSA?

From the website

"Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of… Continue

Added by Bobbi Smith on January 19, 2010 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Tilling Time

Today is MLK, Jr. Day so I have the day off work-which means I can spend it in the backyard. I have simplified my approach to gardening this year--I will not do a raised bed. Instead, I moved the gardens closer to the patio and will dig out some areas near the back door. This will give me close access and make the gardens able to be seen from the house.

So far, I will be planting some tomatoes and peppers indoors to start. I am looking for some heirloom tomatoes, and I have a… Continue

Added by Jake Norton on January 18, 2010 at 8:53am — 1 Comment

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Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on January 13, 2010 at 8:57pm — No Comments


This is an extremely important day for Poly Gardens out at the ASU Polytechnic campus. =) We broke ground! (If you don't count the removal of the swing set first which happened awhile ago.) This lot transformation has been in the works for a year and we finally commenced the initial leveling. Next comes blue staking, then my guys will trench and install all the major irrigation plumbing necessary for this community garden to be a success! We will host eight 20' x 25' plots for staff, students… Continue

Added by Jehnifer Niklas on January 12, 2010 at 2:16pm — 1 Comment

Tree planting

We lost one large tree in last wind storm and nearly a second. However, yesterday, we planted three new trees. This time we chose edibles - Desert Gold peach, Anna apple and a Bonanza Miniature peach. We even tore up some of our grass to plant one of the trees. I'd love to tear the rest out and put in a net-patterned orchard.

We are anxious for them to grow large and fill in some of the empty spaces left by our larger, mature tree. We still have the whole ugly south wall to add to.… Continue

Added by Dana on January 10, 2010 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Arizona Farmers' Markets

I've taken a liberty to promote and list all the wonderful Arizona Farmers' Markets listed on the publication of Community Food Connections here.

Just in case . . . you're not aware of the fabulous markets around you.

Are there any other markets that you know of not listed here?

Added by Michael and Lylah Ledner on January 10, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

I really need kid pools for my front yard container garden!

I have one and filled it with soil and planted my winter season seeds. But I need more of the little pools for my spring and summer planting.

Added by Melissa Rennells on January 9, 2010 at 11:28am — 3 Comments

Planted Jan- Feb Seeds today!

Turnip, beets, lettuce, cilantro, collards, and swiss chard. I hope that it all grows well!

Added by Melissa Rennells on January 9, 2010 at 11:10am — No Comments

A message from Your Local AZFB: Advocates needed!

Fellow Agriculture Advocates …

We just got a post on "Chat with a Farmer." Yes, I'm excited (I know the simple things in life make me joyful). Our query is about composting. This Arizonan is wanting to learn from an agriculturalist about composting and they need to hear from you!

If you have great insights for this person, please register(if you have not already) and respond to the query.

Remember, Arizona Farm Bureau is focused on providing another tool for… Continue

Added by TERRI LARSEN on January 7, 2010 at 11:22am — No Comments

Harvesting Pecans after recent storms......

Is there any machine that will mass-shell pecans- we have so many and would like a quicker/easier way to shell them...ANY comments or website suggestions for equipment will be appreciated (I heard there is such a machine, but no idea where to start looking- thanks!

Added by Linda C. Tarango on January 4, 2010 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Bots Are Here Be Aware! It is TOO LATE TO STOP THEM!

Bots are software algorithms or formulas that are specifically designed to perform repetitive patterns, actions or duties. We are using them (or they are using us) daily, without even knowing it. We need to be aware of them, and participate in the process of evaluating them. Here is a good presentation on the subject courtesy of the Global Guerrilla:

The Daemon Bot

It is… Continue

Added by TERRI LARSEN on January 3, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Compost Share?

Not sure what forum to post in, so I'll leave this as a blog post for now.

Is anyone in the east valley interested in a compost share of a load from Singh Farms? I have a very cute convertible - it is not a truck ;-). If someone has a truck, I'd be happy to pay for the load, and maybe split 75/25? Does that seem fair? I'm in the Chandler area, near the mall.

Please let me know if you'd be interested, I'd certainly appreciate the help

Added by Linda AZ on January 1, 2010 at 11:01pm — 1 Comment

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