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The Little Gifts
In Braiding Sweetgrass, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer recalls her childhood experience being “raised by strawberries.” She contrasts the gift of wild strawberries with the commodity of strawberries from a private neighboring field, watching the latter
AZSA’s Three Year Anniversary
May 22, 2020 marked our Three Year Anniversary of the Arizona Sustainability Alliance (AZSA). We celebrated our three year anniversary with a digital event to commemorate our successes these past three years and the
5 Ways to Eat More Sustainably in Arizona
Where does your food come from? What happens to the scraps in the trash can? Although we enjoy meals several times a day, we often don't take the time to really consider the full life
Five Ways to Enjoy Springtime in Arizona
Springtime is the best time! People visit Phoenix from all over the country every year for spring training, but the best part of visiting Arizona in the springtime is our great outdoors. From blooming cacti
AZSA’s Educational Campaigns
If all of the recent global actions on the climate crisis have one major thing in common, it's that young people are leading the charge. Greta Thunberg and Jamie Margolin have become household names over
Does Phoenix Have What It Takes to Be a Sustainable City?
In his 2011 book Bird on Fire, the New York University sociologist Andrew Ross branded Phoenix the "least sustainable city in the world". Since then, his opinion has been corroborated by news publications such as
How Can We Prevent Biodiversity Loss in Arizona?
What is biodiversity? Biodiversity can be seen right outside of your window. Notice the differences between the trees, flowers, and birds. Each of these different coexisting species represents biodiversity in our environment. We all learned
Reconnecting Food with its Roots
A report from Guardian.com estimates that “fifty percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away, some 60 million tons valued at 160 billion dollars.” Also, according to the EPA, “wasted food is the single biggest occupant in America’s landfills.” Worldwide, 34 million children suffer from severe malnutrition and another 1 million children die each year from hunger related causes.
There are naysayers who lament, that too many regulations, and too much competition from mega-farms, make it impossible for the independent farmer to survive. A local couple, Jeannine and Cameron McChesney, are proving them wrong. Their success is made even more astounding, by the fact that their enterprise, Greenhouse Gardens, flourishes in an area that once was all desert.