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“Startups hope to address Phoenix’s problems”

Justin Rohner, owner of Agriscaping Technologies, helps customer Nicole Miller pick from excess fruits and vegetables on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Farmers Market at Power Ranch Barn in Gilbert. Agriscaping Technologies is a business aiming to improve local food access and quality by transforming landscapes into edible food gardens.(Photo: David Kadlubowski/The Republic)

See video and Full article Here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/06/03/seed-spot-startups-phoenix-societal-problems/9879805/

 

3 Signs Your Yard Isn’t Worth The Effort

With all the plants either dormant or growing in slow-motion, winter is often a time of deep reflection for the gardener in all of us. I was just there this morning asking myself:

RohnerBoys2010“What worked?”

“What didn’t?”

And for certain parts of my garden that REALLY didn’t work out so well… “Do I REALLY want to do this again?!”

These are serious questions for many of us, and especially for those who might have spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a garden last year (not to mention the countless hours working on it) only to get a meager crop of fresh vegetables to enjoy.

So, how do you know if it’s really worth it?

Well, the shortest answer is, get the garden appraised by someone who knows how to both evaluate the real productivity potential of a property with minimal effort, and also has a great eye for design.

<Click HERE to get a Full Productivity Analysis and Design Consult>

3 signs your yard Isn’t worth the effort:

SIGN #1:

If you spent your entire Saturday pulling weeds and you still got a complaint, your yard may not be worth it!

If you’re like me, and live in an HOA-policed community where every plant is checked and every paint color scrutinized, then you may have experienced getting a notice now and then when weeds mysteriously appeared in your yard after a rain. But, even if you don’t live in an HOA, perhaps your neighbors have been taking notice and aren’t exactly having you feel welcome as you catch them just standing there staring at your yard from across the street, shaking their heads in disgust.

ConceptSketchesThe point is, if your yard is inherently leaning on the side of negativity, from neighbors, family, or even an HOA, then it’s simply a poor design. Great designs draw the eye to timeless beauty and nearly manage themselves by taking into consideration seasonal rainfall to compliment and simplify growing the PLANTS YOU WANT to have in your yard. (not the volunteer imposters you may currently find taking root) And great design begins with a full productivity analysis of your property.

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SIGN #2:

If your yard trimmings won’t fit in your own trash can, your yard may not be worth it!

Now, I know this likely sounds a bit over the top but, the traditional yard has become such a time-consuming, resource-sucking, land-filling, money-pit, I have a hard time justifying that we can still call it an “asset.”

Sure, we’ve been told a hundred times, by well-meaning contractors that “a great landscape improves the value of your home.” But who’s buying such a yard? I’m starting to see a trend to the contrary of such “contractor sales tactics” on the traditional landscape, and I’m not alone. You might have recently experienced something similar to me where someone you know opted OUT of a great home, in a great area simply because the “yard looked like too much work.”

Unfortunately, even if you have the privilege to have a crew of landscaping professionals coming by regularly to care for your property, the only thing they seem to leave behind (other than a freshly scalped yard), is a bill for the labor and the ever-rising dump fees.

Thankfully, we live in a time where technology and common-sense are beginning to make a comeback in the yard. Today, more and more of us are going beyond just tearing out unproductive landscape plants. Instead, we are replacing them with edible ones and composting our trimmings on-site! We are beginning to see that the very same stuff we are paying people to take away is what we end up buying back at twice the price in the form of mulches and organic fertilizers. We are beginning to see that a yard can produce more than just bills and beauty. So, perhaps there’s hope for my garden?

The answer to this consumptive problem goes well beyond the traditional and static design of a yard. In order for a yard to truly convert from CONSUMPTIVE to PRODUCTIVE, you need an intentional and sustainable PROCESS designed into the yard to optimism productivity and minimize waste in the simplest way possible. In this way, that yard can truly compliment and even enhance the lifestyle of the home owner.  <Learn More About Agriscaping Services in Your Area>

SIGN #3

If the time you spend on your yard does not produce at least as much fresh produce value as the equivalent income of your time spent at work, your yard may not be worth it!  

Property values may be up this year across the nation, and especially here in Arizona, but how we value our property is still wavering at an all-time low.

Once upon a time, the bigger the yard and estate a person had, the bigger the income checks they received.

Today, that’s only a perception.

See, 100 years ago, bigger Estates meant bigger income checks because the YARD AND THE ESTATE PRODUCED THE CHECK! But, up until now, Estates have trended toward, “the bigger the yard, the bigger the BILL,” and therefore, the bigger the income checks a person would need to receive each month to even justify the expanding landscape.

That’s just out-right sad. What was once a true asset (feeds me when a job fails) has become such a liability (eats me when a job fails).

I’m so glad we are starting to wise-up! I’m so glad technology companies like Agriscaping have started to re-address the common landscape and get it to PRODUCE again in very real and ELEGANT ways!  And I’m so glad we live in a time where the technology of today is ripe and ready to convert even the smallest landscape or patio into a legitimately productive and even profitable food garden that tastes as good as it looks! And, with Agriscaping Technologies, it’s more than just edible… it’s functional art! Beyond the edible elegance, we’re also helping people grow their own health, improve their sustainable self-reliance, and restore real productivity to personal property!Modern4

Within the growing Agriscaping community, many families are beginning to even produce income with their new Agriscapes by networking their yards together and sharing their excess production with the local food economy! And no, these aren’t your grandma’s weed-magnet row-gardens, these are HD (High-Density, High-Definition), low-maintenance Agriscaping master-pieces, designed to maximize productivity and prestige.

Join the Real-Estate Renaissance with Agriscaping!

Find out what your yard is REALLY Worth with a full Agriscaping Design Consult and Productivity Analysis. (SALE ends December 31st!)

With a new Agriscape, Sustainability is likely closer than you ever thought possible!

Begin your discovery today!

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December 28, 2013 | Posted in: Blog | Comments Closed

Garden Fitness? Realy?

Gardening as exercise? Who knew! An activity that most do for bonding time, stress relief, and beautifying the yard actually has many more health benefits than I even knew! Thank you to Justin Rohner and his amazing  iAgriscape team, we can learn about them here…and start some gardening of our own! Read Cecilia’s story>

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August 17, 2013 | Posted in: Blog | Comments Closed

Fresh Fig Friday!

It’s that wonderful time of the year! FIG Time!

All around town, the fig-trees are beginning to ripen and starting THIS Friday, July 19th, they will be fresh and ready to pick up over at the Power Road Farmer’s Market! BlackMission7_2013

These are all Real Fresh, real local fruits ready for your enjoyment…

Ways to ENJOY Figs:

  • Cut them in half, carve out the inside goodness and eat them fresh!
  • Quarter them and add them to your oatmeal!
  • Wonderful chopped into a salad
  • Make your own fig-bars
  • and whatever you don’t eat fresh, you can dry and enjoy for months to come!

Also, have you ever wondered what “Figgy Pudding” is? We’ve all heard the song at Christmas time… “We wish you a merry Christmas” Well, in the song they talk about “Figgy Pudding” like it’s something no Christmas, or caroler can do without! They even exclaim “we won’t go until we get some!”

So, what exactly are they talking about?

Here it is: (Click on the picture for a great recipe from Food.com)

http://www.food.com/recipe/figgy-pudding-337148

July 19, 2013 | Posted in: Blog, Recipes | Comments Closed

The Incredible Edible Moringa Tree…

The Moringa MIRACLE Tree…

Moringa Benefits

(NaturalNews) Imagine a tree in your backyard that will meet all your nutritional needs, take care of you medicinally, and purify your water for you. This tree actually exists. For centuries, the natives of northern India and many parts of Africa have known of the many benefits of Moringa oleifera. Its uses are as unique as the names it is known by, such as clarifier tree, horseradish tree and drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods) and in East Africa it is called “mother’s best friend”. Virtually every part of the tree can be used. Native only to the foothills of the Himalayas, it is now widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. This tree, though little known in the Western world, is nutritional dynamite. There are literally hundreds of uses for this tree.

The immature pods are the most valued and widely used of all the tree parts. The pods are extremely nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients. The immature pod can be eaten raw or prepared like green peas or green beans, while the mature pods are usually fried and possess a peanut-like flavor. The pods also yield 38 – 40% of non-drying, edible oil known as Ben Oil. This oil is clear, sweet and odorless, and never becomes rancid. Overall, its nutritional value most closely resembles olive oil. The thickened root is used as a substitute for horseradish although this is now discouraged as it contains alkaloids, especially moriginine, and a bacteriocide, spirochin, both of which can prove fatal following ingestion. The leaves are eaten as greens, in salads, in vegetable curries, as pickles and for seasoning. They can be pounded up and used for scrubbing utensils and for cleaning walls. Leaves and young branches are relished by livestock. The Bark can be used for tanning and also yields a coarse fiber. The flowers, which must be cooked, are eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter and have been shown to be rich in potassium and calcium.
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In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular – Trees for Life, Church World Service and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization – advocate Moringa as natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. Analyses of the leaf composition have revealed them to have significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, “25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child” the following recommended daily allowances:

Protein 42%, Calcium 125%, Magnesium 61%, Potassium 41%, Iron 71%, Vitamin A 272%, and Vitamin C 22%. These numbers are particularly astounding; considering this nutrition is available when other food sources may be scarce.

Scientific research confirms that these humble leaves are a powerhouse of nutritional value. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain: SEVEN times the vitamin C in oranges, FOUR times the Calcium in milk, FOUR times the vitamin A in carrots, TWO times the protein in milk and THREE times the Potassium in bananas.

The Moringa tree has great use medicinally both as preventative and treatment. Much of the evidence is anecdotal as there has been little actual scientific research done to support these claims. India’s ancient tradition of ayurveda says the leaves of the Moringa tree prevent 300 diseases. One area in which there has been significant scientific research is the reported antibiotic activity of this tree.

This is clearly the area in which the preponderance of evidence – both classical scientific and anecdotal evidence – is overwhelming. The scientific evidence has now been available for over 50 years, although much of it is completely unknown to western scientists. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s a team from India identified a compound they called pterygospermin. This group was also able to demonstrate its mode of antimicrobial action in the mid 1950’s. Field reports and ecological studies form part of a rich traditional medicine history claiming efficacy of leaf, seed, root, bark, and flowers against a variety of dermal and internal infections. In 1964 other active compounds were isolated and tested in-vitro, and these studies, along with observational studies provide a very plausible mechanism of action for the centuries of claims of efficacy. Unfortunately, because many of the reports of antibiotic efficacy in humans are not supported by placebo controlled, randomized clinical trials, Western medical prejudice leaves the Western world ignorant of Moringa’s antibiotic properties.

Another area of folklore which research supports is in cancer treatment. Moringa species have long been recognized by folk medicine practitioners as having value in the treatment of tumors. Studies examined certain compounds for their cancer preventive potential. Recently two of these compounds were shown to be potent inhibitors of activation of lymphoblastoid (Burkitt’s lymphoma) cells. One of these compounds also inhibited tumors in mice bred to be prone to tumors. In another study, Bharali and colleagues examined skin tumor prevention following ingestion of drumstick (Moringa seedpod) extracts. In this mouse model, which included appropriate positive and negative controls, a dramatic reduction in skin tumors was demonstrated. More rigorous study is required in order to achieve a level of proof required for full medical endorsement of Moringa as, in this case, a cancer preventative plant.

After the oil is extracted from the pods, the seed-cake remaining contains the active components for removing turbidity (solid particles) from water. Because bacteria adhere to the solids, this seed-cake also effectively removes bacteria. At the Thyolo Water Treatment Works in Malawi, Africa, two researchers from the University of Leicester, England, have worked on substituting moringa seeds for alum to remove solids in water for drinking. Not only were the tests successful in removing as much solid material as alum, but the seeds used were “purchased from enthusiastic villagers in Nsanje Region in Malawi” (Folkard and Sutherland, 1996. Not only is Moringa oleifera as effective as aluminum sulphate (alum) in removing suspended solids from turbid water, it has a major advantage. Because it can be produced locally, “using Moringa rather than alum would save foreign exchange and generate farm and employment income.” The potential for Moringa to create a new market for a community is there, and studies and projects are taking place examining this potential. Use of this natural substance would also remove a source of aluminum contamination.

This tree is truly a “miracle” tree offering hope; nutritionally, medicinally and economically to devastatingly poor 3rd world countries. It has just recently begun being used as a supplement in a juice form and in powdered leaf tablets.

Sources:

Ramachandran,C., Peter,K.V. and Gopalakrishnan,P.K., 1980, Drumstick (Moringa oleifera): A multipurpose Indian Vegetable. Economic Botany, 34 (3) pp276-283.

June 19, 2013 | Posted in: Blog | Comments Closed

Trellis Art… A simple way to really dress up a Bed

I so appreciate clients who really catch the Agriscaping vision… of elegant – edible landscaping where you can have your gorgeous yard, and eat it too!

Here’s a raised bed, that takes the whole concept to the next new level… LOVE these trellises!agriscaping elegant trelis07.20(1)

And just a side-note… These trellises were purchased at an indoor decorating surplus store, all made from aluminum and were treated with outdoor water seals just to extend their life. (they have already outlasted the “Gnome Depot” wood trellis and easier to clean off between seasons)

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Also, who says you have to center your trellis in the bed? What if you put it between two beds? Here’s a close-up on the trellis art at the back:

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June 7, 2013 | Posted in: Blog | Comments Closed

Edible Garden Tour with TV’s Chef Brad!

It’s not every day you get the chance to connect with a rising TV star…

Join us at the next Agriscaping Edible Garden Tour and you will be able to do just that!

 

TV’s Chef Brad, founder of Fusion Grain Cooking is coming to our Edible Garden Tour on the 11th!!!

 

AND, he’ll be taking fresh produce from the garden tour and creating a NEW delicious recipe for us right there on my back patio for us all to enjoy.!

 

Chef Brad

 

Chef Brad, known as “America’s Grain Guy” has spent the last fifteen years combining his passion for food with his love of grains. Chef Brad practically grew up in the restaurant business starting work at the age of 13 in a local coffee shop in the small town where he grew up. That started his lifetime of working with food.

 

This next tour just keeps getting better!

 

Parking is limited.

$20 each.

 

I hope you can join us!

 

Growing With Delight,

 

~Justin Rohner

 

Free Garden Tour with Don Titmus and the Permaculture Guild

FREE TOUR AUGUST 28th 8:30am

Before there was Justin Rohner and the Agriscaping movement… there was Don Titmus and the Permaculture Guild.

Don is originally from London, England, moved here to Arizona in 1981, and has been been actively contributing to the world of horticulture for more than 35 years, at least 12 of which in organic gardening here in the desert. He’s an expert in Edible Landscaping for sure and has helped out on a number of Agriscaping Community projects as well!

Don and his talented wife, Cris (a fellow Agriscaping student) will be opening their beautifully productive gardens for a FREE tour!

WHEN: This Saturday, July 28th from 8:30am till approximately 10:30am

Location:

Bee Oasis

2652 E Butte Cir
Mesa, 85213
Please call to RSVP: 480-962-6353
***Children are Welcome***
Also! This tour happens right before Don’s Full INTRODUCTION to PERMACULTURE class!
So, you might want to just plan a whole day with Don!
In the class you will learn:
  • The 8 Principles of Permaculture
  • What sustainability is & how you can start living more sustainably today!
  • How to turn scarcity into abundance
  • How to practice the art of improving your environment
  • and much more!

The full class is just $40

Just call to RSVP 480-962-6353

I hope to see you there!

 

Growing with Delight,

 

~Justin Rohner

Summer Gardening Class Schedule

Saturday, May 12th at 9am and 1:00 pm
Join Justin as he talks about Tomatoes, Berries and Grapes in the desert as well as key Summer planting secrets. See EVENTS for more details
Saturday, May 26th at 9am and 1:00 pm
Learn from Justin how to water in the Summer Heat: Conserving water without killing your plants.
Also, learn ALL about Chickens.

See EVENTS for more details

Saturday, June 16th at 9am and 1:00 pm
Justin gives your a great Intro into Growing Edibles Indoors as well as preparing for the Monsoon season.

See EVENTS for more details

Saturday, July 21st at 9am and 1:00 pm
Join Justin as he steps it up a notch to (level 2) Master-Planning for your garden. He’ll also give you an introduction into the Beneficial Insects.

See EVENTS for more details

Frog Nog – a Delicious Green Smoothie

“Frog Nog… YUM!”

This recipe is a Rohner Family favorite!

All the main ingredients are ripe the entire winter and the recipe itself is not only an amazingly powerful cold-buster, it’s also a great revitalizer and natural energy booster.

A favorite drink just before soccer games, yard-work, and just about anything requiring energy.

ENJOY!

 

Just Blend and Mix-in

Ingredients:

2 qt Orange Juice (fresh-squeezed is best)

1-2 Bananas

1 Handful Fresh Spinach

1 Handful Fresh Parsley

1 Avocado (optional)

 

Preparation:

Pour 2 cups OJ into blender with remaining ingredients.

Blend to desired texture.

Pour mixture into 1 gallon container with remaining OJ and stir.

Serve cold.

“So Dad, this is how you get us to eat the vegetables that we don’t normally like…”~Mason

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