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April 2012 Blog Posts (17)

Bee swarm removal in the East Valley call Seth Simmons at 602-930-8398

I assisted Seth this weekend to open one of his hives.  We collected Honey and added some more frames.  It was truly a wonderful experience and I would encourage any members of the VPA who are allowed to to get themselves a hive.  All of Seths hives are collected from swarms.  After after collecting the honey he was off to collect another swarm!  Seth lives at the base of Usery Park in Mesa where his bees have access to square miles of wild foraging area as well as several large acre lots…


Added by Ryan Mayes on April 30, 2012 at 11:26am — 9 Comments

What to do with just a few loquats

Saturday, I headed over to my friends house, to help her pick her loquats. Unfortunately, she pruned the hell out of it over the Winter, and incorrectly. All the lower and inner branches were gone, so all the fruit was way up high. We got what we could, and she gave me all of it:

From that, I made loquat preserves, with lemongrass:…


Added by grrlscout on April 30, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

I want to know how to buy a used tractor?

I went to see a used ford 8N and 9N. I understand they are easy to take care of and run well forever but was discouraged by a friend that says they are too old?

Added by Judith Levin on April 28, 2012 at 7:03am — 2 Comments

This is HOW we garden (volunteer gardening)

Today I am picking up a hammock, a hammock chair, a broken lawn chair (which I'll fix) and preparing some seedlings to take over to This is HOW's Regina House. This is HOW is a non profit run by all volunteers. Regina House is a small house they recently bought to allow Transgender people in crisis a place to stay. If you'd like to donate plant starters, seeds, garden furniture, or time and energy, please do let me know.

It's a tiny house with a HUGE yard that wraps around. So…


Added by Sean-Michael Bryce Gettys on April 23, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Sunflower Spring!

Two sunflower seedlings sprouted today, so I took them out into the yard since they tend to really like the heat. They look so tiny out there! I am thinking of taking them to a local nonprofit I'm volunteering with. We're starting stage one of their garden transformation by setting up some private sitting areas in the yard so that residents can have a moment to themselves now and then. I have a berry bush that didn't make it, so I am donating that pot with a couple sunflowers in it to one of…


Added by Sean-Michael Bryce Gettys on April 22, 2012 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Thank you for the free shade trees!

Thank you VPA for your shade tree program! My husband went to your shade tree program on a Saturday and came home with lots of great information and 3 free shade trees. We are so grateful... thank you! It was a wonderful class that provided a lot of valuable information. I know many people who water trees at the base of the trunk, and they do not know that they are making their trees prone to disease. We will be sure to always dig a well directly under the outer canopy and water our…


Added by Candice T. Aguirre on April 21, 2012 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

Michigan orders heritage hog breeds destroyed

Has anyone heard about this issue in Michigan?  Small farmers growing heritage swine breeds are being forced to destroy their pigs under the assumption that heritage breeds are responsible for the spread of feral hogs.  Of course, big AG production breeds are totally safe.  Not just farmers either.  Private parties who own pigs for their own personal use are being forced to euthanize their swine.  This is strictly a move by the agriculture industry to destroy their competition.  ANY breed of…


Added by Ryan Mayes on April 20, 2012 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Making Coffee more sustainable

So I live with 2 coffee addicts while I myself am a recovered addict. I used to drink multiple a day, but these days I don't drink coffee at all, and only treat myself to the rare caffeinated tea. Unfortunatley when our coffee mate broke they replaced it with a single serving gadget. It came with a little reusable cup that you can put the coffee grounds into and reuse time and again, but they prefer the pre packaged coffee grounds in tiny plastic cups. So we decided to recycle them. The…


Added by Sean-Michael Bryce Gettys on April 19, 2012 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

Rotational Grazing

Is there anyone on the site who practices rotational grazing?  Cows, Chickens, Rabbits, and the like?  Chicken tractors, moveable hutches, or paddocks?  I am incredible interested in this and it seems to be something not many people here talk about.  I imagine its most likely because not many people have the acreage to do it but there has got to be a few people on here that do it.  Hopefully people who do it with more than just chickens.

Added by Ryan Mayes on April 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Tons of Fresh Free Food for Someone that Has a Truck!

Let me start by saying that the food is not here yet.

I am looking for someone to help me get free manure from a local farm, to my house so that I can get my garden going. It looks like I will need about a half ton to create my raised bed system near Thomas and 24th Street. Of course I will let you know about every harvest I have so that you…


Added by Andrew Pisher on April 15, 2012 at 12:54pm — 14 Comments

Unidentified Berry Tree

Need help identifying the volunteer tree above.  Oak type leaves, purple blackberry type fruit.  Fruiting now, birds eating it.  Would like to know if it is safe for humans.

I'm asking because the plant databases always leave me with more questions than…


Added by Karen Dawson on April 14, 2012 at 1:15pm — 8 Comments

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Growing Green Farmers

Welcome to CFSA's on-line Internship Referrral Service, connecting sustainable farms throughout the Carolinas with aspiring farmers looking for hands-on learning opportunities.  Looking for an internship on a sustainable farm in North or South Carolina? You've come to the right place!

from …


Added by Lisette Volkmar on April 9, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments

A dominant 9 Week old RIR and pecking

I have a very dominant RIR that is "bullying" her other 8 pals; especially my 3 americaunas (1 has barely any tail feathers at all now...and it has only just started the past 2 least that I am aware of and I'm outside most of the time). What do I do? Do I just let them be and get something to put on their "rear areas"? Any help would be appreciated.

Added by Caren Malleck on April 7, 2012 at 3:02pm — 2 Comments

Quail Adventures - Our journey so far.

As with any project we did a lot of research and talked with as many people as we could find about Quail.  It was interesting to find that there aren't very many in the valley who have embraced this alternative to chickens.  I grew up raising chickens and very much enjoy their eggs but have come to the understanding that quail are cleaner, take up less space and are much quieter.  Living in a cookie cutter suburb they are perfect.  Nothing in most HOA guidelines specifically prohibit quail.…


Added by Mary Gillespie on April 3, 2012 at 1:04pm — 7 Comments

Natural Building with monolithic adobe

New dates are posted for the hands on workshops to learn how to build with monolithic adobe/cob. 

For registration please visit:

Added by Carlos Bill on April 3, 2012 at 8:22am — 4 Comments

Handsome Healthy and Well Mannered French Copper Black Marans Rooster

I have a gentleman French Copper Black Marans Rooster that needs a good home.  I have two roosters and one hen, so one of the roosters needs to go.  He is about 7 or 8 months old, very handsome with a full copper mane and dark green tail feathers, healthy and well mannered.  Out of the Jean Wade line. 


I also have seven 3 week old FCBM chicks.  All cockerels out of this batch will need new homes.  I will post their availability when I know how many of the chicks are…


Added by Pamela Polydoros on April 2, 2012 at 10:06am — 1 Comment


So I am hitting the 2 year mark on my rabbit project.  I have not posted in a long time so thought i would update my

bunny blog.   So when I began this I started with a couple of NZ meat mutts.  good breeders but they did not get as big as the breed should.  In other words they never did reach senior weight.  I waited to breed until they were over eight months old and they only got to about 7 pounds.  The breed should reach 9-12 pounds.  OK so then I got interested in American blues…


Added by Treasa on April 1, 2012 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

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