Conspiracy Gardens

In the summer of 2013, the Food Conspiracy Co-op installed a rainwater harvesting system, paid for with a grant from the City of Tucson. The system will feed an urban micro farm, located behind the Conspiracy Kitchen, at 425 E. Seventh St.

We’ll be documenting the farm’s growth here. Check back for regular updates.

    Summer Harvests & Rabbits in the Garden!

    It’s time for summer harvests!  We’ve been getting decent harvests of squash, tomatoes, Anaheim and Serrano peppers, basil, eggplant, and flowers.  The sun has been taking a toll on the plants though, and we are thankful that the monsoons are arriving!

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    A days harvest in buckets saved for the garden by our awesome kitchen team! Thank you, Conspiracy Kitchen!

     

     One morning a few weeks ago I turned on the irrigation to the fruit trees and saw a geyser of water coming from one of the lines.  Not good.  Investigation showed that something had severed the line.  I repaired it and all was fine…for a few days.  Again, I found the same line severed.  I repaired it again.  Several days later, I saw a rabbit sitting under the tree where the irrigation had been damaged.  Could that be the culprit?  Indeed, as I got closer, I could see it was a mother rabbit nursing baby rabbits!  She had chewed through the irrigation lines in digging her den.  As a nature lover, I was thrilled to witness the miracle of life right there in the garden.  However, as a grower, I was horrified at the thought of rabbits multiplying in the garden.  Since then, I have not seen the mother, and the babies are no longer in that spot.  Hopefully, they have  found a suitable spot to relocate!

     

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    Flowers!

    Our flowers are blooming!  There are sunflowers and cosmos. Bouquets are for sale in the store or just enjoy them as they grow when you pass by on 3rd avenue.  The bees certainly seem to be loving them, as am I!

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    The green bean plants are working their way up the trellis.  There are flowers, but no beans yet.  The tomatoes are beginning to blush.  Won’t be long now!  The yellow squash and basil have been producing well.  You can find both in our produce department, freshly harvested three days a week!

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    Several days ago I was out on the Rillito River path where I had the good fortune to come across a Ben’s Bell!  I couldn’t think of a better place for it than Conspiracy Gardens, so it now graces the branches of our center Lisbon Lemon tree.

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    Today in the Garden

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    Water Harvesting and Fruit Trees

    For a hands on project, University of Arizona’s Water Harvesting Class volunteered to help us create the landscape on the South side of our lot where we planned to plant fruit trees.   Desert Survivors Nursery donated three fig trees from the Kino Heritage collection, two Sosa Carillo Black Mission and one Oro Blanco White.  We also purchased three Lisbon lemons, two Bearss… Read more »

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    Conspiracy Grown logo

    Behold, our new Conspiracy Grown logo. When you see this logo in the produce section, it means the fruit or vegetable in question was grown by us in our urban micro farm, which we’ve named Conspiracy Gardens. It doesn’t get any more local than this! Tweet

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    Conspiracy Gardens photos

    Here are some photos of Conspiracy Gardens Manager Sarah Schwob at work. The gardens are looking great! Thanks to our photographer, Mamta Popat. Tweet

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    Here we grow!

    In our continuing effort to provide the freshest, highest quality, most local produce possible, Food Conspiracy Co-op is very excited to be moving forward with the establishment of our urban micro farm.  The garden installation has begun!  So far, 20 of the 24 beds have been dug.  They are 3′ wide x 25′ long x 2′deep,… Read more »

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    Rainwater harvesting cistern installation photos

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    On Saturday, Aug. 3, volunteers helped with stage 1 of the Food Conspiracy Co-op’s cistern installation. The cistern will provide some of the water for our new urban micro farm. You can see photos from the installation here. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially the Watershed Management Group. Tweet

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