[Market-farming] Arizona

Adriana gutierrez-lagatta at charter.net
Sat Nov 27 14:51:01 EST 2004

Hi Marie,
My son is in Sierra Vista and we visited this summer.   It is fairly scrub 
desert terrain.  It is possible to grow a lot of crops - with irrigation... 
The extreme hours of sunlight are fabulous for growing.  There are some of 
the world's largest tomato growing operations in Arizona.  Cotton is also 
grown in the area with large fields set up for irrigation by flooding.  The 
whole concept of "water rights" is one that is foreign to me and probably 
something you have to look into.   As Matt tells you, wind is also a 
concern, so "controlled environment agriculture" makes a lot of sense.

The University of Arizona in Tucson about an hour north of Sierra Vista has 
a serious hydroponic research installation and there is a Tucson hydroponic 
growers group organized in the community as well. The U of A is doing a 3 
day workshop on hydroponics in January.  It may be a great way to get 
started and make excellent contacts in growing issues in that area.  To 
check it out go to http://ag.arizona.edu/ceac/, tell Dr. Giacomelli I sent 
you :>)

>> Speaking of growing things in the desert:  I wonder if it's possible to
>> garden in the area of Sierra Vista, Arizona?  It's southeast of Tucson,
>> not far from the border.  I understand it is up in the mountains so it's
>> not so hot.  I suppose I could check with their county officials, but
>> wanted to ask here first.


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