Agroecology from A to Z

Adventures in Agroecology and Food Systems

Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm, Tucson, AZ

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While attending the 2012 Border Food Summit in Rio Rico, AZ, I got to participate in an urban agriculture tour of Tuscon, where we visited Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm, a project of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. I’m so thrilled to see this innovative project featured on NPR today! You can learn more about the farm on their Facebook page and view some video I took of the tour where we learned about management of desert soils for vegetable production, chicken keeping, composting and a composting toilet pilot project.

As a manure-o-phile I’ll be closely following the news on the composting toilet project that Las Milpitas is participating in. Check out the urban agriculture blog [chik-uh n dik-shuh n] for more detail on this exciting project. I think making well-designed composting toilets legal in Pima County will provide a huge benefit in both water and soil conservation. My friend Sasha Kramer co-founded a non-profit in Haiti focused on composting human waste and using the finished compost for food production. If SOIL can safely compost human waste during a cholera epidemic, then composting toilets should be a viable option everywhere!

Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm September 2012

Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm September 2012

Urban chickens, a creative use of 5 gallon buckets

Urban chickens, a creative use of 5 gallon buckets

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Keyhole bed preparation in desert soils (rain catchment in background)

Composting toilet pilot project, initial construction phase

Composting toilet pilot project, initial construction phase

 

 

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