With year round sunshine and affordable flood irrigation available, we have the luxury of growing a variety of fresh, organic produce in our own yards. Phoenix began as a small farming community that had wonderful citrus groves that still exist. We have a long history of growing food on a local level.
Yard space isn’t just for grass anymore. At the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour, you will see how a group of local edible food gardeners are continuing on this local farming tradition, and in the urban Phoenix setting, have changed their front and backyards into productive garden space! While we know that for prior tour goers the tour has been in the Arcadia area only. But this year we are branching out a teeny bit to visit some lovely can’t miss gardens in Central Phoenix too!
The tour will feature urban orchards of stone-fruit trees, espaliered apple trees, nut trees, vegetable & herb gardens that use traditional and raised bed techniques, berry hedges, pollinator gardens of mixed beds of flowers and edibles, composting systems in a variety of sizes, grey water ponds, and everyone’s favorite – the backyard chicken coops and dairy goats!
At Arcadia's Edible Garden Tour you will have the opportunity to meet the gardeners, ask them questions, and get inspiration for your own garden while getting to know your neighbors!
Please join us to see these 9 edible gardens that showcase productive landscaping at its’ finest. You will see that these gardens are not only much more practical than ornamentals, but truly beautiful as well!
David & Caroline Van Slyke’s Boho Farm. Caroline and David's Downtown Boho Farm-After 20 + years of living and growing in Arcadia, we decided to go on an adventure and renovate a cute neoclassical cottage downtown Phoenix that had been boarded up and abandoned since 1988 and started a new Boho Farm in Historic South Roosevelt. We are doing the same things we have always done in Arcadia; raising chickens and ducks, growing a fruit tree orchard, along with veggies, herbs and lots of old fashion roses. The only differences are that it is in a dense urban setting and everything is smaller. We are just getting started but we would love to share our new little urban farm with you! Visit their website www.bohofarmandhome.com.
Hope House Community Garden.Started as a backyard garden to support our women’s leadership house
with fresh produce, Hope House Farms has grown into a green community oasis just blocks from the Capitol. Our 30+ fruit trees and just over a half acre of vegetable beds now support not only both our house and community with food, but also high school and college students in the
neighborhood with leadership development opportunities. Through our school year internship, young people learn that nurture is a critical component to true leadership development. www.hopehousefarms.org
Don & Paula’s Red River Farm of Arcadia. This lovely garden, sitting on an acre in the heart of Arcadia, was begun less than 3 years ago. The homeowner wanted a lovely environment that fed her family and their hearts. The family eats healthy, beautiful meals from the garden every day! Raised beds in the side lawn have yummy, luscious greens of all sorts mixed with splashes of edible flowers. The four happy, clucking chickens in their own backyard “guest house” have a perfect view of gorgeous flowers, tomatoes, zucchinis, and cucumbers. As a nod to her native Louisiana, you’ll also find okra, pole beans, flowering tobacco, and lots more. “To feed a family right, first you must eat with your eyes…everything else will follow”.
|Arcadia Edible Garden Tour
Date: Saturday, May 7th, 2016
Time: 8:00am – 2:30pm
Neighborhood Garden Market &
Refreshments Available for
Jill’s Sweet Life Garden:
8:00am – 2:30pm
Tickets: $18.00 + 8.6%sales tax
Children under 7 are free!
Tickets sell very quickly, and
tickets are limited
A portion of the proceeds from the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour will go to benefit community gardens in the Phoenix area.
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|David’s Care-A-Lot Farm.
An amazing example of how to create an urban orchard and utilize the land, Care-A-Lot Farms has over 60 fruit trees, two large gardens, two eco-ponds, and numerous chickens. Plus now he has added honey bees! David is always experimenting in the yard and striving to make use of every drop of irrigation and grey water, minimizing the need for City water. Care-A-Lot Farms is truly a gardening oasis.
Troy & Rebecca’s Farmyard.
This property is an urban micro-farm that is packed with enough produce to support 15 families for their Community Supported Agriculture venture. You will see a fantastic productive landscape packed with a variety of garden styles, fruit & nut trees, and “the girls” who produce our eggs. Rebecca & Troy run Farmyard, a company specializing in edible garden installations. Read more about their unique company at www.myfarmyard.com
Hal & Jill’s Sweet Life Garden.
Sweet Life Garden is a family run backyard mini-farm and orchard. This garden includes raised vegetable beds using lasagna gardening methods, herb barrels, a large chicken coop and espaliered apple trees. The small-scale orchard provides enough peaches for a seasonal front yard fruit stand that includes peach jams, cobbler and of course juicy, organic peaches. For more information about this garden, visit www.sweetlifegarden.com
SARRC Beneficial Beans Edible Garden.
The Beneficial Beans Garden is home to SARRC’s (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center) social enterprise produce business. Adults with autism work as interns in the beautiful garden where they gain work history and build employment skills while managing a seasonal CSA business. The raised beds, greenhouse, vertical garden and chicken coop produce over 3,000 pounds of organic produce and eggs every year with 100% of proceeds benefiting adults with autism.
Jon and Carrie’s Historic Home & Garden.
El Chaparral was built in the early 40's as a winter home for Carrie's grandparents. Extensive gardens now surround the property and include a beautiful citrus orchard, a newly planted stone fruit orchard, herb and rose beds, a cactus garden and Jon's raised beds perfectly planted with assorted vegetables and strawberries.
The Gardens at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center.
These gardens were started over 30 years ago at the school's inception and the tradition continues to this day. All gardens sit directly outside each classroom so that the students live, learn, read and grow daily in a beautiful green and inspirational environment. The K-1-2 Gardens feature pint sized raised beds and as well as hanging gardens and colorful pots where curious and proud first time gardeners create funky combinations of vegetables, flowers and overflowing vines. The
3-4 Gardens feature a large field-like space where students studying American and Arizona history can plant in rows to create and grow crops like corn and wheat as well as the Arizona Native American "three sisters" combination of squash, corn, and beans. The 5-6 courtyard features a formal "Keyhole" garden as a nod to the study of the ancient gardens of Rome and Greece as well as many fruit trees and a beautiful herb garden.