We want Sunever Farms to be a native food farm with strong ties to our local community. We plan to visit farms and native food producers in our region for inspiration. Here are two:
Desert Harvesters – Tuscon
“Desert Harvesters is a non-profit, volunteer-run, grassroots effort based in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We strive to promote, celebrate, and enhance local food security and production by encouraging the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesquite or Prosopis velutina) in water-harvesting earthworks, and then educating the public on how to harvest and process the bounty. In 2003 we were able to purchase a Meadows Mills #5 hammermill with funds from a PRO-Neighborhoods grant. The mill is able to quickly grind mesquite pods into flour, and conveniently provide people with a fresh and nutritious local food product (click here for more info on the nutritional breakdown of mesquite). We’ve put the mill on a trailer so we can take it to various milling events around southern Arizona.” Desert Harvesters
La Ronna Jojoba – Desert Center
“Larry and Donna Charpied began La Ronna Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) Company® in 1980. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2010. We learned jojoba was the replacement for Sperm Whale oil and began a quest to produce this oil and help save the
whales… We made our first cuttings of female jojoba in December 1983 with the expert help from “Chewy” who at that time propagated jojoba cuttings for Dr. Yermanos from the University of California at Riverside. We enjoyed an 80% rooting and ended up with a little less than 550 plants. But alas, while in the shade house for the “hardening” process, one of Donna’s kittens could not resist taking a nap on top of all those cool plants with damp soil. We ended up with 274 plants. We named that cat “goofy” because she did so many things that seemed dumb to us. As it turned out, Goofy avoided unruly dogs, sly coyotes and other desert predators, and lived to the ripe age of 24 – so Goofy was actually pretty sharp. We planted our 274 plants in 1985 with great excitement and hope for the future of jojoba. Today we have approximately 3200 plants that we believe contain cultivars to create a sustainable, renewable energy source that is economically viable.” La Ronna Jojoba
Learn more about Jojoba oil.