Growing concerns of health and sources of food are pushing us to shop for fresh local groceries. However, aside from going to the farmer’s market, you can also plant your own produce or raise some chickens in your backyard. Fresh food can be literally, steps away from your kitchen!
Planting vegetables is not rocket science. You just need a balanced loamy soil with over 6 hours of sunlight, give it some love, water, and time, and your salad will grow!
For beginners, you should start small. Green beans, herbs, peppers, sugar, snap peas, tomatoes radishes, and carrots are some of the easiest plants to grow in Arizona.
If you have no land/space in your backyard, plants can often times be planted indoors with adequate sunlight. In fact, microgreen, which looks like tiny baby veggies used in restaurants as garnish), can be easily planted indoor and harvested in 2-3 weeks!
Chickens are great household companions! They lay eggs and eat food scrapes. (Plus, baby chicks are adorable.)
According to Phoenix Ordinance G-6139 8-7, you are allowed to keep chickens at your residences as long as there are less than 20 chickens (no rooster(s)), and they are kept in an enclosure that is at least 80 feet from a residence (or a written permission from each residence is needed within the 80 feet range). Read the official rules.
Uses of chicken:
- FRESH EGGS
- Chemical free pest and weed control
- Organic fertilizer
- Food waste reducer
If you are interested in raising chickens, read How to raise chickens
Getting fresh ingredients does not need to break your bank. By planting and raising you own food, you are greatly reducing your carbon footprint and better improving your diet.