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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Representing Neighborhoods, Not Interests

Most politicians and many folks who volunteer for city committees hope someday to be a part of the building of a monument. Wayne Smith, when he captured the traditional agricultural spirit of the Southside at The Farm, created a monument to his personal vision and to a lifestyle that is disappearing too quickly in our >> Read More…

We Are Phoenix

The history of the Southside has always been tied to water. The Hohokam constructed an assortment of simple canals combined with weirs in throughout this area. About 1,300 years ago they built and maintained irrigation networks along the lower Salt and Gila rivers. These canals have been compared in their complexity to those used in >> Read More…

Still the Southside, But Now, Something New

Full fathom five thy father lies, Of his bones are coral made, Those are pearls that were his eyes, Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange, Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell, Ding-dong. Hark! Now I hear them, ding-dong, bell. –The song of Ariel, The Tempest   >> Read More…

Ignore Dirt Not Used for Growing

“Life is a miracle. It’s not a mystery to me. It’s simple. Humans can shape their environment, but they can’t create anything. All we can do is put together what is here. But I challenge any man to try to make some life. Actually, forget life. I challenge any man to try to conjure up >> Read More…

Creating Own Destiny

The restaurants at The Farm at South Mountain are closed for the summer: Quiessence is closed for a month. Farm Kitchen and Morning Glory will be closed until September. But The Farm itself keeps on growing and developing. In many ways at this time of year The Farm is the most beautiful. It is quiet >> Read More…

Let Everyone Know the Southside is a Great Place

Most people in Phoenix that know of the Farm at South Mountain see as a unique place. When quizzed why that is, I get answers that for the most part can be reduced to trees, grass and gardens. This is also true of folks who are visiting us from other places in Arizona, from other >> Read More…

Welcome to the Southside, Kate

This year’s pecan harvest is going well. If you have been following my battle with the dreaded aphids that attach the groves every year, you know my first line of defense is to help the trees defend themselves.  At The Farm we do not use insecticide on our trees. We gave them extra water and >> Read More…

SM – People Caring for Each Other

  This year I had Thanksgiving dinner at The Farm.  Oddly enough, since this is one of the most beautiful and unique places in all of Phoenix, I did not want to have Thanksgiving there. I told my beautiful wife that I work at The Farm and I did not want to have Thanksgiving dinner >> Read More…

Getting Rid of Developer ‘Parasites’

 The grounds keepers at The Farm at South Mountain usually take their lunch break at about 11 a.m. We provide them with a Farm Kitchen lunch – sandwich, salad, soup, — whatever is on the menu. They eat together at one of the picnic tables at the front, near my office in the pecan grove. >> Read More…

Political Will, Like Water, Difficult to Stop

One of the great lessons that I have learned in my first year at The Farm at South Mountain is that water pretty much drives everything here. We use Salt River Project flood irrigation. I have had to learn about gates and valves; how to order water in inches and hours; my rights in acre >> Read More…

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