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

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Screen shot, USDA.
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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Show Off Your Chicken Coop on the 2014 Tour de Coops

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Kate Crowley
Show off your ladies at the 2014 Tour de Coops. Sign up now to have your coop featured on the tour.

Known as the Valley's "most unique home tour," Tour de Coops is entering its sixth year and will be held on November 8. Presented by the Valley Permaculture Alliance, this self-guided tour and sustainability festival is fun to attend and even more fun to participate in. (Full disclosure: Kate Crowley has been a participant in the past.) Read on to find out how to get your coop on the tour.

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5 Ways for a Foodcentric Phoenician to Stay Busy in the Summer

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Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Maybe catch a food-centric flick?
It's awfully hot to garden. In fact, it's awfully hot to go out to go out to eat. So we thought we'd share a list of "must dos" for food-grower to enjoy indoors, before it's time for fall planting. From books and films to TV shows and classes, there's a lot to do that will help you get excited about the next growing (and eating) season...and keep you cool indoors.

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The Tomatillo: How to Grow It and a Recipe from Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza

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By Diógenes el Filósofo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Arizona's climate allows you to grow tomatillos.

A staple in many Mexican dishes, the tomatillo is a delightful nightshade vegetable that you might have seen recently at some local farmers markets. They sort of look like very hard, green tomatoes and do well in low desert climates like Phoenix. They are an annual climate and seem to like our warm weather and sunlight. Read on for growing tips and a recipe from Barrio Cafe's Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.


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Binkley's Heirloom Tomato Dinner Celebrates 5 Years

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Binkley's Restaurant
Tomato Ceviche from last year's Heirloom Tomato Dinner

Summer is traditionally a time of delicious, moisture filled fruits and vegetables. Depending on where you grew up, you might remember road side farm stands selling freshly ripe vegetables just waiting to be served up on your evening dinner table. In case this isn't your reality, Binkley's Restaurant and farmer Bob McClendon are partnering once again on a dinner that will bring summer to you on a plate in the form of heirloom tomatoes. We've got the details on their Fifth Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner and a fresh summer recipe from Binkley after the jump.

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Ian Horvath of Beehive Chocolates on Bees, Beans and the Beehive Experience

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Kate Crowley
A chocolate maker and his beans.

So, we all know that growing your own food can be healthy and rewarding....but grinding your own cacao beans? Now that's delicious.

That's what Scottsdale's Beehive Chocolates is up to. Crafting homemade dark chocolate and raw Arizona honey into a bite-sized, mouth-watering confection. Owner Ian Horvath grinds cacao beans and carefully chooses his ingredients to make lovely "honey pots." From sorting the beans by hand to hand stamping the packaging, Horvath is a detail oriented owner. We spoke with him about his passion and the process. It's the tale of a candy man with visions of homemade goodness and his passion for bees, or "yellow and black nectar magicians," as Horvath calls them.


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It's Heating Up: 5 Tips for Watering

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Kate Crowley
Watering with a large soaker hose is a great option if you don't have irrigation.

Ah yes, that last breezy week of spring in Arizona can lull you into thinking that, for a moment, we'll have a cool summer. This is hard news to break, but you're only kidding yourself. Summer is almost here and due to the high temperatures, you'll likely want to revisit your watering schedule.

It is actually possible to overwater in the summer months, and you certainly don't want to waste water.... But you don't want dying crops either. Here are 5 tips to better watering this summer.


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Make Butter with Your Backyard Herbs: Shelly Vie of Nourished Spills Secrets

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Kate Crowley
You can make gourmet butter at home!

Did you know you can make butter? Really delicious butter compounded with herbs from your garden? Yes, you can. Though it's slightly more complicated than simply mixing a stick of butter and some herbs, it's a fun process that yields tasty outcomes.

Nourished is a company run by Shelly Vie. She and her business partner craft nine flavors of grass-fed compound butters, ghee, and bone broths. They've been a hit at farmers market around town and they make beautiful use of seasonal ingredients. The best part? Shelly's spilled her secrets on how to use your own herbs and pantry leftovers to make butter at home.

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How to Pick Up Chicks (That Turn Into Egg-Laying Hens)

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Kate Crowley
Want a lady like this one in your yard?

Spring is a common time for folks in the Valley to think about getting chickens to begin their own "backyard flock." Hence, that whole "spring chicken" saying. Even an article in the New York Times recently highlighted rules of owning chickens in the city.

Owning chickens is fun and rewarding. Whether you're in it for eggs, meat, or just a new hobby -- being a first-time owner can be overwhelming. Here's a guide to help you though your first adoption.

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5 Food and Garden Products to Buy in Metro Phoenix This Spring

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Kate Crowley
Backwood's planters are a lovely addition to any garden.
If you compulsively shop local or hit up farmers markets on the weekend with reckless abandon, as we admittedly do, you might have noticed some awesome new stuff. Lots of businesses have expanded with new offerings to seem to have come out of nowhere. From books to botanicals, we've been keeping track of all the newness. Yep, it's spring and we're sprung on these new items, products and services. Let the retail therapy begin!

First up: fancy and beautifully crafted raised beds from Backwood Enterprises. They cost $250 and up, but they are crafted from redwood and have accent features that make them attractive and useful. Some of the beds include corrugated fiberglass that helps funnel drainage into another planter or into a bucket. Underneath, there's room to store tools and add other planters.

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