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Mike Vair-Haley
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My wife and I are from Canada will be visiting Tucson, Arizona from Feb 7-21 2017. We are on a round the world trip with the goal of gaining more hands on experience in the permaculture industry. If there are any farms, houses, or community gardens anybody could recommend visiting or better yet a place we could volunteer our services for a few days that would be wonderful. Thanks.
 
Miles Flansburg
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Howdy Mike, welcome to permies !

I believe that Brad Lancaster is in Tucson but not sure how available he would be to visit with. Brad Lancaster

I also posted this to the Southwest forum in hopes that some of our permies down there might have some advise.
 
Jesse Grimes
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Even if Brad Lancaster is unavailable to visit personally, I highly recommend visiting the dunbar springs neighborhood where he lives and works, and just take a walk around.  I did just that a few days ago and it was great to see permaculture being adopted on a neighborhood wide scale.
 
Timothy Green
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I have a friend in Tucson, xxx xxxx, with the Sonoran Permaculture Guild.

http://www.sonoranpermaculture.org/

At least, I assume he's still around. Truthfully, it's been a few years since I talked to him. At any rate, several years ago, I spent a long weekend in Tucson, and he laid out a permaculture tour for me. It was incredible! The town has a lot of activity, permaculture-wise. There's so much to see and do. It's been so long ago, I can't begin to name everything, but here are a few ideas:
Farmer's Markets everywhere. Buy desert honey.
The University of Arizona campus is pretty cool. There's a building (Can't remember the name. Engineering building?) that harvests the condensate water from the HVAC units on the roof and has created an oasis in the middle of the campus. Incredible. Also, a couple of cheap and interesting museums on campus.
The Avra Valley swales. A must-see. Mentioned by Bill Mollison, these swales were installed by the government in the CCC, depression era. Possibly the only good thing to come from government.
There are rain collection systems EVERYWHERE! They put a real artistic flair on them, making some of them look very nice. There was a co-op on the south side of the city that held the distinction of being the largest in the city, at that time. Massive.
Community gardens, everywhere!
And, if nothing else, lots and lots of desert hiking.

A fascinating community. Just reminiscing about my weekend there made me realize how much I enjoyed my stay there.

 
Elizabeth Rose
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Tucson Herb Store. Ask for Carla. Tell her Bright Sky sent you!

She'll be able to hook you up with the cool permie spots. She's a Tucson local and was my roommate for a few years at a permie house in Austin, TX. She's good people!
 
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Some poems rhyme. But this is a tiny ad:

The permaculture playing cards make great stocking stuffers:
http://richsoil.com/cards


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