Community Gardens Harvest for Health
Drip irrigation systems were installed and utilized in all gardens. This has enabled significantly lower water usage, and consistent crop watering, resulting in highly successful harvests. Total garden crop yields were at a record high – approximate weights: 270 lbs of tomatoes, 440 lbs of zucchini, 44 lbs of radishes, 550 lbs of corn, 28 lbs or carrots, 165 lbs of chiles, 55 lbs of cucumbers, 220 lbs of green beans, 77 lbs of cilantro.
Stories about individual gardener experiences reveal a wide variety of positive results – experiencing the benefits of nutritious, delicious fresh produce, regular exercise, food sharing, and economical healthy food source, learning to utilize sustainable organic gardening methods, improved blood sugar and blood pressure levels, reduced hypertension, a sense of confidence, pride, and empowerment by taking charge of personal health, and more.
Naco Garden Stories
Of interest, please watch this recent 5 min. video of our garden projects above. It was produced pro bono by Vicky Westover, director of the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute, Jonathan VanBallenberghe, Tucson independent filmmaker – Open Lens Productions, and edited by Bijoyini Chattergee and Juan Carlos Barrera – Onirica Productions, Bisbee Arizona. They came several times during the year to track the season’s progress and were a delightful team to work with. It was especially fun working with the kids at the orphanage garden.
“These groups of gardeners form a market, that all the excess produce can be taken to a market of organic products, that the rest of the community can have access to these products, and eat products that are healthy and clean, that the people of the community have cultivated. That is another goal for the future.”
Help Our Gardens Grow
Every year our crops feed hundreds of people and harvesting our gardens cannot happen without the support of our Friends of Naco. Will you become a friend?