In Arizona, extreme temperatures, the ongoing drought and HOA regulations top the list of questions that we receive from our readers and students. Every climate presents its own particular obstacles to growing and raising food, and urban farms have unique complications related to growing in populated areas.
Visiting farms is my favorite pastime, and I am continually delighted to discover the creative ways that folks face the challenges associated with growing and raising food in the city. Ranging from the simplest solutions to complex systems, urban farmers not only overcome obstacles, but also come up with ingenious methods to actually exploit regional challenges to their benefit.
You may be thinking, “Hmmm, that’s interesting. But how can disadvantages possibly become assets?”
I’m so glad you asked, and that question is going to become the focus of our newsletter and website. Additionally, I am collecting data and stories for a book to be published by 5M Publishing next year (I’m sooooo excited!)
My mission is to spotlight simple, effective solutions and to share information that will help all of us to grow! I will be visiting lots of farms in the next few months, and will pass on tips and techniques from each operation to you. Look for quick tips via email.
Want to virtually visit farms with me? Follow the farm on Instagram, Twitter, Periscope and, of course, Facebook to find out where I am and to tag along. I’d love to have the company!
And if you know of a unique urban farm that I should check out (including yours,) let me know!