Farm to Fork – How 3 Restaurants Grow Their Own Food in the Desert

Farm to Fork - How 3 Restaurants Grow Their Own Food in the Desert
John from visits the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona that grow food for 3 restaurants on site.

In this episode, you will learn about the Farm at South Mountain and go on a tour of the property to learn what is growing and how they are growing food in the Sonoran Desert

You will discover the many areas of the farm and all the different areas where they are growing food, including the orchard, the learning garden, the composting area, the market garden, the greenhouse, and much more.

You will discover how they are creating fertility on site by making their own compost and worm castings.

You will learn more about their simple aquaponics set-up using a kids 1000 gallon swimming pool, some garbage cans and floating insulation material to use as rafts.

You will discover some of the easiest vegetables you can grow in Phoenix, Arizona or other desert areas in the winter.

and much, much more.

Finally, John will interview Billy, the Lead Farmer that takes care of this farm.

Jump to the following parts of this episode:
01:46 Farm Layout
03:18 Farm tour Starts
04:17 Best Place to Grow Mint
05:39 Pecan Orchard
06:38 Learning Vegetable Garden
10:20 Composting Area
11:15 Worm Bin in the Desert
13:45 Market Garden Tour
15:57 Aquaponics and Starting Seeds
23:13 Back in the Market Garden
23:50 Best vegetables to grow in Phoenix in the Winter
26:45 Best Performing Leafy Greens in Garden + How to Use
29:20 My recommendations for the farm
30:45 Why does the Farm have Chickens?
31:40 Where does the food from the farm go?
32:54 Menu of Restaurant on Site
37:41 Interview with Farmer Billy Starts
37:50 Is it true this is your first season growing?
38:25 Is it true this is the first year the farm is growing for the restaurants
39:05 Did you have a huge backyard garden before taking this job?
40:02 What are some crops that grow well in Phoenix for you?
41:25 Are you preparing for the summer garden?
42:25 Recommendations heat-tolerant summer leafy greens
43:00 Why don’t I see any sweet potatoes growing on property?
44:05 How can someone buy the produce you grow here?
45:12 Any final words of wisdom you would like to share with my viewers?
45:22 What is One Tip you would like to share with other gardeners?

After watching this episode, you will learn restaurants can be more sustainable by growing their food on site, and creating their menus around fresh-in-season produce. You will also discover some growing techniques so you can grow your greens in Phoenix in the winter.

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Farm to Fork – How 3 Restaurants Grow Their Own Food in the Desert

19 thoughts on “Farm to Fork – How 3 Restaurants Grow Their Own Food in the Desert”

  1. I really wanted to listen to this but couldnt, just too hard for me to listen to with your voice this bad (its worst then the other day), the video is unlistenable, I think many others will have the same issue with this video. I suggest to wait till your voice improves before you do more filming so you arent giving your viewers an extremely unpleasant video many cant watch, I hope you get better soon. Rest your voice.

  2. John, a "Pee Can" is what you keep beside the bed so you don't have to go to the outhouse in the middle of the night. A pecan, pronounced Pa Con, with a short a and a short o, is a nut that grows on a tree. 🙂

  3. Dude I hate to here you like that bud get better bud…I was thinking that I would love to see you going to the resteraunts that are growing their own type of farmer resteraunt. The selection of the menu is up to you. If it is cheap maybe you can go and sit down and just eat an awsome meal. Thanks always a fan

  4. What is your opinion on Fox Farm Ocean Forest potting soil for growing any kind of greens. I have never heard any mention of that brand on your channel. Been learning from you for years. Thank you.

  5. Local! Why pay to transport it? Just like with energy, electricity, up to 2/3 of the energy is lost through transmission. DIY, put up a solar panel or two, and a wind turbine. Learn on your own. True independence should be closer than what we have now. THANK YOU JOHN! If you visit Tucson please let me know, I want to shake your hand and give you a big hug.

  6. 23:00 if the aquaponics doesn't taste as good they are doing aquaponics wrong. Another thought I might have had for the first time is to grow by aquaponics just to compost with worms to feed the soil-based growing, and worms feed fish. Hybrid?

  7. red wigglers can handle hot temperatures, 100-110F as long as they're in the shade and the soil is kept at the proper humidity, they need to be watered daily when the humidity outside is 2-10%.. I kept mine in a few covered 20 gallon aquariums (cracked glass throwouts)

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