BASA is Hiring!
BASA is seeking a Director to manage the programming, fundraising, and financial considerations of the organization. The Director should have demonstrated experience in strategic planning, fundraising, nonprofit financial administration, program coordination (including program development, logistics, facilitation, and instruction), marketing and outreach, and membership development. See the detailed job description here.
Save the Date: Giving Tuesday is on December 3.
Check out BASA’s partner page and get ready to support us on December 3!
Results are in from Year 1 of BASA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant!
At the Sierra Vista Farmers Market, 69% of vendors increased sales, 56% increased product diversity, and 88% increased product quantity. At the Bisbee Farmers Market, 50% of vendors increased sales, 72% increased product diversity, and 78% increased product quantity. And at the Douglas Mercado, 40% of vendors increased sales, 70% increased product diversity, and 80% increased product quantity.
It’s thousands of miles fresher! Buying from local farms and ranches supports the local economy, healthy communities, and the environment.
• Local food is fresher, healthier, tastes better, and has more variety.
• Locally produced food travels drastically fewer miles, resulting in decreased fossil fuel use, less pollution, reduced packaging, and better air quality.
• Local food increases community food security.
• Eating locally supports the local economy, keeps ranchers and farmers in business, and maintains agricultural land in production (preserving rural traditions and ensuring that future generations will be surrounded by open fields, grazing lands, and wildlife).
• Local food has a story.
• Eating local food keeps us in touch with the seasons, offering an adventure in flavor and connecting you to the landscape.
Deep in the heart of Cochise County’s Mule Mountains, at an elevation of 5,500 feet, cattle on the historic 47 Ranch can now get a drink ‘round the clock at Abbot Canyon. During the day solar panels provide power to pump water from the well; at night the windmill takes over when the breeze picks up.
Rancher/owner Dennis Moroney has worked with Arizona Game and Fish to distribute water throughout the ranch through the use of solar powered pumps. Formerly, water was only available where the cows were and no place else, and was pumped by moving a generator around. Now water is also available to the natural fauna of the ranch, increasing the overall quality of the land. Through these methods, wildlife has benefited greatly, with an increased population of white tailed deer. The ranch has a safe harbor cooperative agreement to ensure the survival of the Chiricahua Leopard frog, whose only surviving habitat is in ranch stock tanks. Care is taken to stagger stock pond clean up and to relocate frogs that are dislodged.