Cochise County Backyard Garden Project
BASA recently launched a new program designed to teach children, families, and seniors how to grow successful vegetable gardens in their own backyards. The Cochise County Backyard Garden Project will use a combination of educational classes and workshops, garden and farm tours, and a garden cooperative (in which participants help others install backyard gardens with technical assistance from BASA) to:
Introduce participants to gardening for food production to foster stronger connections to where their food comes from;
Increase consumption of fresh food while reducing reliance on unhealthy and expensive fast food;
Increase community control over food production in our region;
Empower community members with the knowledge and self-reliance they need to regain control of their own diets.
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.