Tempe Golf Course Becoming a Garden, and Other Metro Phoenix "Now Growing" News

Categories: Now Growing

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New to farming? The government has resources to help!

Even though it's summertime, there's agricultural news right in our backyard. Here are 5 local good-news stories you might have missed, so we've rounded them up. Read up on the new ideas growing here in the Valley, and maybe gain some inspiration.

See also: Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 Tour de Coops

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Recycled City
Spent grain in the blue barrels from North Mountain Brewery

USDA Launches Website for New Farmers and Ranchers
There's a lot to know about starting a farm, especially if farming is not in your family. According to the FFA, the site (http://www.usda.gov/newfarmers) "takes users through a step-by-step process in creating an operations." These steps include education and technical assistance, acquiring land and capital, managing risk and financial management.

City of Tempe To Create Farm and Garden on Golf Course Site, More Community Gardens Expanding
Tempe's Rio Salado Golf Course is in the process of being turned into a community garden and farm, with assistance from Ken Singh of Singh Farms. The 63 acre site will become "an urban farm and garden that could include a farmers market, community garden space, plant nursery and educational programs," according to the city's website. Other notable large garden expansions include Cancer Treatment Centers of America's Goodyear campus adding another 66 acres of land to their garden and a large hoop house at the St. Vincent de Paul garden in south Phoenix is nearly finished and will be used for plant propagation, microgreens, tropicals, Aquaponics and Vermicomposting.

Gilbert Startup Creates App for Herd Management
Gilbert-based startup, GESDATE LLC, has built a mobile and web application to help farmers with herd management. Available soon for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the app helps managers make decisions along with tracking breedings, sales, vaccinations and more. Prices range from free to $229.99, and while testers right now are all out of state, cheers to this innovative app for being locally grown.

North Mountain Brewery Partners with Local Company to Turn Spent Grain Into Compost
North Mountain Brewery recently partnered with Recycled City to compost food waste and utilize spent grains to make Bokashi. As we all know bokashi cuts composting time in half and is great for use in the desert. Recycled City started composting services with the brewery in March 2014, and recently began picking up spent grain. Recycled City Co-Owner Tiera Allen says, "Previously, Recycled City was buying wheat bran to make the Bokashi. "Now that North Mountain Brewing has us pick up their spent grain, we can use that to create the Bokashi instead." The brewery collects their food waste, which Recycled City picks-up and takes back to their urban farms where the food waste is then broken down into compost. North Mountain also has plans to donate their earned compost to a near by community garden.

Plants Can Heal: Arizona State University Scientist's Research Made Tobacco-Derived Drug for Ebola Possible
An Arizona State University scientist's work led to an experimental drug recently taken by two health care workers who became ill with the deadly Ebola virus. ASU's Biodesign Institute's Charles Arntzen began a study in 2002 of Ebola-fighting drugs. The tobacco-derived drug ZMapp was developed by California's Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. and according to many news sources, the drug is made by a Kentucky company owned by the tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. Arntzen is still at ASU and continues to work on other plant-derived research and findings.

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22 comments
John Wiseman
John Wiseman

Maybe fertilizer was used on the grass but why would they use chemicals like pesticides on their grass? Their goal was to keep it alive and since I dont think round-up ready GMO grass is used here (not even sure if it actually exists) that means your argument is invalid.

Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin

Keep the golf course, build more student housing for Greeks, put the gardens on the roofs. #FAF & #Sustainability for the win

Teri Berman
Teri Berman

Thrilling decision. Way to go Tempe. We need more community gardens .

John Silvas
John Silvas

Arizona Patients Choice...if you ever saw Rio Salado golf course, I think it is safe to say that no chemicals or water was ever used on that course. It was a goat ranch!

Delray Glade Nitzel
Delray Glade Nitzel

Glad they are keeping it as natural as possible! No huge sub division ! \U0001f44d

Emily Elise Hagedorn
Emily Elise Hagedorn

How exciting! In Portland last week I was complaining about how behind Arizona is in regards to things like this so I'm thrilled this is in the works. I hope other cities follow suit!!

Lisa Kaiser
Lisa Kaiser

What a an excellent use of the land, Bravo for Tempe!

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