Phoenix Metro Farms
A warm getaway from the chilly Detroit weather actually turned out to be one of the most influential trips my wife, Brenda, and I ever decided to take. In 1997, we visited the Valley of the Sun, and were surprised to see the abundance of olive trees growing around the Phoenix area. Intrigued and excited upon the discovery, Brenda had an idea: Let’s make extra virgin olive oil in Arizona! I thought, “Sure…why not take advantage of this fruitful environment and produce olive oil ourselves?” THE TRANSITION Within the year, we left Detroit and the automotive industry behind and relocated with our four children (and one on the way) to Phoenix, Arizona. We decided to plant 1,000 olive trees on 100 acres in the outskirts of the town of Queen Creek (We now have over 7,000 trees, 16 varieties). Queen Creek seemed like the perfect place, considering its rich farming history. With the idea of providing the Arizona community with fresh, local, extra virgin olive oil, we built a farm shed, which we eventually transformed into the Queen Creek Olive Mill you see today. THE LEGACY We are proud to say that we have created a place where our customers can come and […]
Providing the Phoenix area with access to naturally grown, nutrient dense produce isn’t what we thought we would be doing when we first started a business together. It just sort of happened, but providing people with good food is now our passion and we are serious about doing it. We operated a good size low voltage contracting company out of the building that is now our urban farm in Chandler. We built a greenhouse behind the building to grow food for ourselves, our families and our friends. Shortly after the greenhouse construction was finished, we noticed a lack of a local resource for wheatgrass. So naturally we started to grow wheatgrass for juice bars and home juicers around the valley, and we haven’t looked back since. The low voltage contracting business is now sold but the greenhouse remains and is accompanied by our commercial aquaponics system. In addition to the urban farm we now have a ranch property in Gilbert and we are growing much more than wheatgrass! Rhibafarms now produces pounds of aquaponic lettuce, bundles of veggies, baskets of fruit and our own signature food items reaped from the veggies that we sow. On top of all that, we […]
About Pinnacle Farms Pinnacle Farms is 57 acres and is located at the Base of South Mountain as well as 3 other fields in Waddell under the White tanks. The historical orchard property in Laveen, came with a falling down 1934 adobe home, abandoned for many years prior. Now known as Pinnacle Farms South, it became Certified Organic in 2015, and is re-developing into a wonderful fruit orchard with over 1000 trees, including peaches and rare Maktoom Dates brought from Iraq in 1910 (which were one of the few living things left after the years of neglect.) In homage to Phoenix’s agricultural past, I replanted the citrus orchard in the front of the property with lemons, grapefruits and oranges. Much of my work in the past few years has taken shape in the preservation of the desert Southwest’s diversity. Many varieties are uniquely perfect for our arid climate and offer tastes and textures most have never encountered in the grocery store. Some varieties, like the White Sonoran Wheat, Chapalote corn, Maktoom Dates and Rio Bavispe pinto beans have almost faded into the past, never to be seen again, but through my work I am bringing back availability of these seeds and finding […]
We are an urban agricultural experience in Central Phoenix spread over 17 acres. As a community garden, we provide an agricultural experience to the homeowners of Phoenix by providing space for community events which is free of charge. We also provide fresh produce, herbs and other edibles to residents, restaurants and chefs. We grow plants, mix soils and provide them to residents and landscapers. It is our vision to serve as the keystone for the sustainable transformation of the Phoenix uptown/downtown area. As part of this, we regularly host events such as lectures and workshops with expert speakers from horticulture, landscaping, agriculture, soil management, and the culinary arts.
The largest portion of the Farm at Agritopia is set aside for our commercial farming operation. This farming area is made up of three main sections: the row crops, the citrus and stone fruit orchard, and the date palm and olive tree grove. These sections were carved out and planted starting in 2002 and have been continuously farmed to organic standards since then. In 2013 we decided to have our farm certified and since then it is also USDA Certified Organic. If you come to visit Agritopia, sidewalks and pathways ring each area and grapevine lined pathways and arbors criss-cross the row crop portion of the farm. We encourage you to walk the area anytime to see what is growing. The produce of the farm changes by season as we do not do greenhouse or hydroponic growing. You will find everything from Medjool Dates (considered the very best variety) to Blood Oranges and colorful heirloom tomatoes bursting with flavor, even exotic varieties of leafy greens. The bountiful production of the farm is sold to both retail customers and restaurants. Located on the west side of Barnone , the farm operates a self-service store stocked with some of the best selling items. […]
Steadfast Farm is a two acre bio-intensive market farm in Queen Creek, AZ. We grow certified organic fruits and vegetables and raise pastured poultry for eggs year round. We offer our produce and eggs through our CSA program, farmers markets and local restaurants
Flower Fly Farm is a small, urban, agroforest farm located in Gilbert, Arizona. Agroforestry is a farming method based on integrating trees/shrubs, pasture, and agriculture as one holistic system. It fosters high levels of diversity, productivity, disease and pest resistance, soil health and fertility resistant to soil erosion, and pollinator and wildlife resources. The focus is long term health and productivity over short-term gains. Our mission is to grow and provide the local community a diversity of fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, and sundry using organic methods that promote long-term soil, plant, people, and farm ecosystem health. This is our mission because genetic, biological, and diet diversity is a key component of long term health for both people and the environment. Eating a variety of foods in season is the easiest and best way to have a diet rich in all of the nutrients you need, filled with different and new flavors, and that is a pleasure for all of your senses. Moreover, growing a majority of our food locally is more economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable than importing most of our food. We specialize in perennial plants that include heirloom, rare, native, common, and locally adapted plants. The plants produce […]
Crooked Sky Farms, located in Phoenix, is owned by Frank Martin. Farmer Frank had always dreamed of becoming a farmer after working closely with his father in the sixties in the fields. Back then, chemicals were prized in farming as a miracle ‘cure-all’ to pests, and not known to be harmful to humans as they are today. Watching his father’s health rapidly decline after years of exposure in the fields, he died a young man. This instilled a passion in young Frank to return farming to the natural ways before the days of toxic pollutants, genetic modifications, and chemicals. After ending his career in trucking to pursue his dream, in 1994, Frank became a farmer and Crooked Sky Farms was born. Excited to spread the Local Food Movement enthusiasm, he coordinated the largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in Arizona in 1999. This inspired communities to pull together to support local farming to grow honest and healthy produce. Embracing the teachings of his dad, a Native American migrant farm worker, Frank continues the Native American traditions of using: Heirloom seeds, natural care for the soil, crop rotation, and other sustainable farming practices. He believes in the “Stewardship of the Land,” […]
Abby Lee Brooks is the youngest daughter of Neal and Felice Brooks. Neal started growing and selling plants in 1974 when he was 12 years old. In 2005, Neal purchased 763 acres of farmland in Geronimo, Arizona. He began growing fruits and vegetables on a small-scale along with hundreds of acres of alfalfa. In 1985, Neal purchased a 3.5 acre greenhouse in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2013, Neal transformed his 3.5 acre, 120,000 Sq. Ft. plant greenhouse into a high-tech hydroponic growing facility. The modern Abby Lee brand was born.
Phoenix, Arizona-based True Garden is the premier vertical aeroponic food farm in the Southwest U.S. This first-of-its-kind facility, operated by solar power, was designed in partnership with Future Growing LLC with a vision to drastically reduce the region’s agricultural water consumption while making local, living produce available year-round in the hot desert regions of Phoenix and the Southwest US. True Garden is the first high-tech greenhouse in the U.S. capable of producing most cool season food crops year-round even in the scorching desert, where temperatures reach 120 degrees during the day and 90 degrees at night during peak months. The greenhouse uses very little energy in the winter months by operating in a naturally vented mode. During the hotter summer months, the greenhouse utilizes a combination of smart and efficient technologies to affordably keep the greenhouse at optimal temperatures, both during the day and night. As the centerpiece of its state-of-the art greenhouse, True Garden founders Lisa and Troy Albright selected Future Growing’s® vertical aeroponic Tower Garden® technology because Future Growing® has a very successful and proven track record –establishing hundreds of urban farms with its vertical aeroponic technology across the country – and the vertical tower farm is ideal […]
Founded by brothers Joseph Martinez and David Redwood, Arizona Microgreens produces organically-grown microgreens for restaurants and individuals throughout Arizona. Located within the greenhouse at the Brooks Community School, Arizona Microgreens operates as a social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for the local community and contributes to the financial sustainability of the Community School. We believe in social entrepreneurship that is committed to pragmatically catalyzing tangible, transparent, and participatory community development that is economically meaningful, socially just, and environmentally sustainable.