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Living an Edible Landscape Life

  • 02/06/2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road

Green Building Lecture Series

Living an Edible Landscape Life

Date: Thursday, Feb. 6

Time: 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road (northwest corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)


February Green Building Lecture on Edible Landscapes and Gardens

Join the conversation and be inspired to grow as urban gardeners share the benefits and how-to’s of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. Learn about our planting and harvesting seasons, as well as the importance of seed saving. Hear the latest news about ancient grains. Includes a lively, interactive food tasting experience for all ages!

Frances Craik, ASU School of Urban Planning and Sustainable Food Systems will join Joan Baron, master gardener and environmental artist to share their projects and adventures in seed saving, growing edible flowers, vegetables and herbs while inventing tasty recipes to share.



Joan Baron, Master Gardener and Environmental Artist

Joan loves to grow food wherever she can find some space! This includes her alley, where she has created a unique project called "Food in the Alley". It is a demonstration garden and laboratory where everything from Moringa trees and sugar cane flourish along with kale, Swiss chard and tomatoes, AND, anyone is welcome to come by and harvest what they need. This is just one example of Joan's socially engaged art practice!

Frances Craik, ASU School of Urban Planning and Sustainable Food Systems

Frances is an outdoor enthusiast and Urban Planning Student at Arizona State University. She is a leader of two organizations on campus. The first, "Gardens at ASU" builds community by educating gardening skills and inspiring a healthy lifestyle. Secondly, "Food for Change" is igniting a systematic shift in the food system to a more localized and sustainable culture. Frances spends her time off campus working part-time as a barista, adventuring the wonders of the Sonoran desert and cooking for friends.


Admission: The lecture series is sponsored by the Scottsdale Green Building Program. The lectures are free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

Upcoming lectures this season:

April 2: Keeping the Heat Out: Radiant Barriers & Thermal Envelopes

June 4: Cutting Edge Residential & Commercial Green High-Performance Buildings

Contact: Anthony Floyd, green building program manager, city of Scottsdale, afloyd@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, 480-312-4202.

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