May 25, 2020

Chief Farmer

Common purslane may be considered a pesky weed by many. In fact, it is a delicious and nutritious plant that can be foraged in many parts of the world.

December 9, 2019

Chief Farmer

Common and tasty edible winter weeds in the low desert

November 7, 2019

Chief Farmer

The process of fermenting foods has been around for over 8,000 years. The first fermented foods and beverages included bread, beer, and wine. Recently, lacto-fermented foods and beverages have become trendy as healthy dietary supplements, and many people have started m...

July 23, 2019

Chief Farmer

This article is about the current status of Industrial Hemp as a farm and nursery crop in Arizona. Any citizen over 18 with a fingerprint clearance card can now apply to grow hemp in Arizona, but the regulations and fees are barriers that may prevent hemp growing as a...

May 10, 2019

Chief Farmer

Has food ever made you sick? Each year, about 48 million people in the U.S. (1 in 6) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These illnesses are a significa...

March 10, 2019

Chief Farmer

We have all heard about the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables. Gardeners have the advantage of freshly grown and harvested food. However, we can't always eat our produce raw directly from the garden, especially when we have a bountiful harvest, nor can we g...

February 15, 2019

Chief Farmer

As part of my Master Gardener volunteer activities, I teach classes at the Mesa Public Library. Over the winter, I have a substantial increase in the number of winter visitors who attend the classes. Unfortunately, when it comes to gardening, many of these folks have c...

January 12, 2019

Chief Farmer

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from the Roots & Shoots Newsletter

In the fall of 2014, members of The Episcopal Church of The Transfiguration were exploring different ways of addressing poverty-related issues in the surrounding community. In...

December 21, 2018

Chief Farmer

Have you been thinking of taking your gardening/horticulture knowledge to a higher level, or learing related topics? This article presents a variety of programs and certifications available in the Valley, Tucson and online. Links and contact information are included....

November 8, 2018

Chief Farmer

The importance of saving native and heirloom seeds

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