Summer Rain Sweetness

Summer Rain

Colorado River Toad

Summer Rain

Lemon Grass with Bling

Summer Rain II

Thai Basil after The Rain

Summer Rain

In Tucson
Desert monsoon
Pours torrentially
Spontaneously
Delivered with cacophony
Roads become waterways
Wadis, rivers now
And the toads
Sing
Out
~
Then
GreenPeace
and Sparkles

*Check out the Monsoon 2014 Photo Collection at Tucson.com

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Sunflower ~ Flickr Friday

Each sunflower is unique, different from the rest. When we see a field of them we don’t choose which is best. They’re all gorgeous. Like us.

A pic & a poem…

Sunflowers

 

Sunflower

It is in the imperfections
Uniquenesses
And flaws
That beauty and attraction
Work together
Form new laws
Of our nature

When we look
From depth and honesty
With open eyes
To really see
We learn great truths
Humility
Diversity
Divinity
Connectedness
Infinity

Love.

  To see the entire sunflower gallery, visit my Flickr page.

Community Supported Agriculture ~ SHARE

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Walking the rows, plots, beds
I look ahead
to harvest
and Know
I will
Feed
Eat
Be
Walking the rows, plots, beds
I AM
Fed
In so many ways

 

I have a large garden plot in my backyard and grow lots of herbs, flowers, fruits and veg. But not everyone is so fortunate. There are other ways, however, too enjoy fresh, organic food like Farmer’s Markets, community gardens, farm stands and CSAs.

 Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a farming business model that forms a partnership between a farmer and a community of members who buy “shares” of the farm’s future harvests, providing the farm with operating capital to start a planting/harvesting cycle and guaranteeing the farm a stable market for its products. In return, the farm pledges to offer each member weekly “shares” of its harvests.

Tucson area farmers offer several options for participation, including River Road Gardens, Sunizona Family Farms, Sleeping Frog Farms, and Tucson Community Supported Agriculture. A favorite artisan baker of mine, Don Guerra of  Barrio Bread, follows a similar model.

Fresh vegetables. Fresh fruit. Fresh bread. What’s not to love about that?

CSA melons

“Picked Today” melons to choose from

CSA Barrio Bread III

Barrio Bread’s Pain au levain

CSA Barrio Bread II

Barrio Baguette and Pan Epi

CSA Barrio Bread I

Cranberry Walnut … MY Favorite!

 

CSA tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

CSA okra

Heirloom Okra

CSA squash

Organic Yellow Squash

CSA cukes

Organic Cucumbers

 

Tucson Tuesday V ~ Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson_Botanical_GardensTucson Botanical Gardens  is a tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, that “strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America.”

It most definitely has my respect.

Over 21 years ago I made my first sojourn to the gardens and have continued with frequent and regular visits ever since. I go for new displays and exhibits, plant sales, to take photos, glean ideas and simply to escape.

For years I taught gardening classes through the TBG education program and have participated in many of their lectures and special events. One of my personal goals is to exhibit my original art in their gallery.

In addition to 17 specialty gardens, this welcoming retreat boasts rotating gallery exhibits at Porter House, fresh food and drink at Cafe’ Botanica and a gift shop that rivals most big city museum shops.

Even in the high-heat days of June, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a cool, sweet retreat with lots of mature shade trees and plenty of secret garden spaces. It is a treasure.

What’s not to love about that?

 

Tucson Tuesday IV ~ Edible Baja Arizona

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Edible Baja Arizona

Edible Baja Arizona  is a magazine “celebrating the foodways of Tucson and the borderlands.” But for me, it’s a visual and informational feast. I love good food, good writing and captivating images. This publication hits all three marks.

Published six times a year, Edible Baja Arizona features tightly written stories and exceptional photography celebrating the benefits of eating locally, exploring the food heritages of Baja Arizona, and advocating for the relocalizing of our foodshed. (A food shed is the geographical area between where food is produced and where it is consumed.)

I get excited when I know it’s about time to pick up the latest edition at the farmers’ market or at one of my favorite locally owned businesses. I savor every article and gawk at all the images, both content and ads. I read each page knowing that the material therein addresses my town, my food, my land, my people.  Every article is relevant; and through relevance, community and connections grow.

What’s not to love about that?