Wild blooms are beautiful, but the cultivated flowers of spring and early summer make a colorful splash of their own in the Tucson area.
Youth in Arizona 4-H and UnitedHealthcare will partner today in healthy cooking demonstrations, gardening tips and fitness exercise at the Tucson Village Farm Harvest Festival.
Thomas Plasse, of service group AmeriCorps, discusses the Tucson Village Farm garden with students from Miles Exploratory Learning Center. The students are picking lettuce for a salad.
Jashawn Terrell-Purvis, a kindergarten student at Fruchthendler Elementary School, turns the wheel of a mill, an educational tool that demonstrates the stages of making flour.
Thomas Plasse prepares a salad for students from Miles Exploratory Learning Center. The students helped pick the lettuce and Plasse is showing them what ingredients to use when making ranch dressing.
Ving Marblestone-Perez, center, from Miles Exploratory Learning Center, tastes a salad with the lettuce that she and other students helped pick at the Tucson Village Farm. Billy Jack Boyce, left, watches the farm activities.
Aeron Illige, 7, and his sister, Annaka Illige, 4, are old hats when it comes to helping out in the kitchen.
Nothing like the real thing: Ten-month-old Dagda Rhodes is captivated by a carrot - a fresh carrot. It did not come in a can or a bag. It is not animated or stuffed. Dagda and his mom, Bronwin Rhodes, participated in Family Fun on the Farm Fridays at the Tucson Village Farm last week.
Alley Burgess, 7, talks with farm staffer Leza Carter during Family Fun on the Farm Fridays last week. Picking vegetables and working the gardens were among the activities.
Jai Bowditch, 1, gets some help from dad, Bruce Bowditch, as they milk Gertie, the mechanical milking cow, during the Friday event.
Luna Powell and James Ianni make a stir-fry of fresh chard, broccoli, onion, cabbage and zucchini at the Tucson Village Farm event.
Greta Hollar, left, Isabelle Weisman and Nadine Van Haren, all 8 years old, lend their faces to giant caricatures of fruits and veggies during Family Fun on the Farm Fridays at the Tucson Village Farm.
A fresh produce market offers just-off-the-vine and just-picked vegetables and fruits.
If you didn't have grandparents with a farm, you still have a chance to capture some of the magic.
Dartmouth College student Anna Morenz shows Jensen Peyton, 8, how to plant popcorn as part of The Big Green Bus program at Tucson Village Farm. Members of the Dartmouth program travel across the country promoting sustainability.
The former Greyhound bus runs on old vegetable oil and has solar panels. The fridge uses just 40 watts of electricity.
When The Big Green Bus pulled into Tucson Village Farm bright and early Friday morning, kids and parents were ready to get their hands dirty like true farmers by planting crops, harvesting and learning sustainability techniques.
Everybody should have a blowout for their first birthday party,
and if the Tucson Village Farm's Grand Opening and Harvest Festival
on Saturday jumped the gun by a few months, the 400-plus people
thronging the farm weren't complaining.
Lucky he didn't have to milk the cows before dawn, but Troy Mann does get a sense of the task by "milking" a mechanical cow at the Tucson Village Farm Grand Opening and Harvest Festival. One major theme of the event was to help kids learn about how food is produced.
Max Asendorf gets close to his subject, magnifying a plant as one "passport stop" to be completed at the harvest festival. For more information about the Tucson Village Farm, go to tucsonvillagefarm.org or call 626-5161.