"I second what Catherine says about a wading pool or similar structure to hold cool water for the chickens to stand in to cool off. I use the cut off bottoms of the garbage cans I used for compost bins, and put ice in them periodically…"
"My guess is Molokhia- it thrives in the heat! I have seeds from Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, when we did a summer greens project two years ago. There are multiple spellings used for this plant. I ate the young greens raw, but…"
"Is there anything different I need to know about volunteering as class assistant at Practical Art rather than the VPA offices? Are we just taking cash or will the credit card machine be available? Thanks!"
"If there is still room, I'd like to volunteer for the 5/16 Fruit Trees workshop. I have not volunteered before. I am a Master Gardener so I do have experience helping out with these kinds of events. Thanks!"
"You might need to hand-pollinate the female blossoms with male blossom pollen, especially if you don't have a lot of pollinators in your garden. I had to do this for a few season back home before my flower garden grew in and provided the…"
"I am grateful that you attended my Rainbarrel Workshop. Would you please check to make sure that you have only one white barrel lid? I have an extra barrel that is missing it's lid. Please check inside your barrel because the lid will fit…"
"The young leaves are also good raw- they have a lemony tang. We grew them at the Cooperative Extension Office demonstration garden this year and they grew really well. The seeds came from India I believe- I doubt you would find plants…"
"It's about berry time at Beaver Creek and I think I'll stop there this weekend on my way back from Flag. Beaver Creek is off the 17 has tons of berry bushes and there's a creek to cool off in after sweating and getting marred by…"
"Rebecca, I echo Erica's notes about private property etc. Stay away from plants that are too near the roads - too much junk from exhausts. The droughts have left some of the blackberry areas around Payson pretty poor. You will…"
"I have been using a few manuals I found on Amazon (and I think were recommended originally by other members here). Some of the big ones that are everywhere are purslane and dandelions of course!
I usually harvest from washes or at this small…"
Can anyone give me some tips on foraging wild foods in and around Phoenix? I've just moved from New York where I used to forage for berries, wild greens, etc. I'm very interested in places to forage prickly pear fruit, or just sources for the fruit- I make jams and jellies. Also, I noticed that blackberries were growing wild north of the valley near Payson, any tips on where to pick them would be welcome, blackberries are my favorite!Thanks very much!See More
Welcome to the VPA! Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We're excited to have a strong connection with the Master Gardener community. We have lots of events through-out the year that often times require us…"
"Thank you for choosing to join the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater…"
I'm currently a master gardener intern here, after moving from NY where I was a master gardener for 7 years. I'm interested in organic gardening, local and wild foods, canning and preserving and sustainable living.
No longer an intern but a full-fledged Master Gardener! :)
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I am grateful that you attended my Rainbarrel Workshop. Would you please check to make sure that you have only one white barrel lid? I have an extra barrel that is missing it's lid. Please check inside your barrel because the lid will fit inside as well!
Welcome to the VPA! Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We're excited to have a strong connection with the Master Gardener community. We have lots of events through-out the year that often times require us to have volunteers who have a strong foundation in plant knowledge, so we're always looking to our wonderful MGs. As-a-matter-of-fact we currently have a strong need for MGs and MG Interns for the two upcoming Shade Tree events.
We ask MGs to be present and available for when workshop participants have questions regarding which tree(s) would best suit their needs. The participants can choose between: native mesquite, thornless mesquite, blue palo verde, thornless palo verde (desert museum), willow acacia, and desert acacia.
Thank you for choosing to join the Valley Permaculture Alliance, a local 501C3 non-profit education organization that offers classes, training, activities, tours, events and demonstrations on various aspects of sustainable living around the Greater Phoenix Valley. You can read more about the VPA on the ‘About Us’ page, sign up for our newsletter, and explore the many groups and resources this Ning “social networking site” has to offer, as well as customize your own Profile Page and connect with new like-minded friends.
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