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6048 East Main StreetMesa, AZ 85205
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9656 Metro Parkway EastPhoenix, AZ 85051
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Oct 10, 2019
Invasion: Protectors of Prescott's watersheds wary of non-native plants - The Daily Courier
But in the eyes of Prescott Creeks, a nonprofit that strives to achieve healthy watersheds and clean waters in central Arizona for the benefit of people and wildlife, cottonwoods are a welcomed companion.
“Our belief is that if you have a good, healthy cottonwood system, then you’re going to have overall more moisture in the system,” said Michael Byrd, executive director of Prescott Creeks.
Byrd explained that cottonwoods keep water in the banks of the creeks with their roots. The trees also transpire moisture through their leaves and provide shade, creating a more humid environment.
Even more significant, though, is cottonwoods are native to central Arizona and hospitably share the land with other native plant species.
This is not the case for plants like spotted knapweed and common teasel, two non-native species that Prescott Creeks has been struggling to control the spread of.
“It has a very invasive growth habit,” Byrd said of common teasel. “It really degrades diversity in the ecosystem.”
A recently-identified invader of the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve is periwinkle, or Vinca major. The non-native plant was first observed in the woods surrounding Watson Lake in 2016. It has since cropped up in thick patches.
It’s... Oct 10, 2019
Rancho Bernardo Inn's Avant unveils garden-focused tasting menu - pacificsandiego.com
David Mainiero, thought Gentile’s finer-dining concept would work well in his native Arizona. So last fall, Gentile headed to Scottsdale, where he quickly renovated by hand a former burgers-and-beer joint to open Parma Italian Roots. It was an instant success.A Phoenix newspaper named Parma Best New Italian Restaurant and Gentile Best New Chef. But after six months shuffling between the two restaurants in San Diego and Scottsdale, Gentile missed his girlfriend in San Diego, and he wanted to get back in the kitchen again. That’s when the Avant opportunity came along.
Anise “ravioli” with Dungeness crab, cucumber consomme and fermented lime oil, one of the dishes on the new Avant Garde tasting menu at Rancho Bernardo Inn’s Avant restaurant.(Courtesy photo)
Gentile said the Inn has embraced his ideas, which sometimes spill out of his brain so quickly his mouth rushes to keep up. Among the Avant Garde dishes he’s developed recently are sous-vide lamb with beet glass, butter powder and hickory rosemary smoke; anise “ravioli” with cucumber consomme and fermented lime oil; cured and ash-crusted scallop in a nasturtium vinaigrette; and roast pumpkin served in a petrified pumpkin shell.Gentile likes using molecular gastronomy techniques to create new textures, enhance flavors and ensure consistency, but he knows the scientific cooking methods have turned off many diners in past years. Execution, he said, is everything.
“Molecular gastronomy can give a dish the ‘wow’ factor but nothing disheartens me more than having a tasteless foam or powder,” he said.Gentile said he’s excited to be working in the same kitchen where famed chef Gavin Kaysen became a breakout culinary superstar with his modern cooking techniques at El Biz, which closed in 2012 after 44 years. Avant has never been able to match the fame of El Biz but Gentile said he’s got... Aug 22, 2019
‘I love ’em to death’: Kennewick woman gives home to hundreds of neglected tortoises - The Seattle Times
Meyer bought her first tortoise, a Greek Ibera, from a reptile show in Tucson, Arizona, more than 20 years ago. The breeder gave her some advice on care and diet, and Meyer took her new pet home. The tortoise was dead 13 years later — decades short of its typical life span.
“That’s what started me on this quest to learn something,” Meyer said.
Meyer started ordering books on tortoise care, reading research papers and reaching out to other animal experts. She quickly learned a lot: Males and females should not share pens. Make sure not to hang lights at an angle, otherwise the light bounces off the wall and glares into the tortoise’s eyes. Never use glass tanks — the slippery surfaces cause deformations in how the animals’ feet develop. And diversify their diet.
She also continued adopting tortoises as pets and eventually tried breeding and selling them at reptile shows.
“What I found there was a mass money grab,” she said.
Other breeders at the shows weren’t looking to make sure these animals had safe homes, Meyer realized. They just wanted to sell the new hatchlings as quickly as possible.
In an attempt to educate the public, Meyer quickly became the go-to person at reptile shows for knowledge on tortoise care. Some people even began bringing their sick tortoises to her, asking for help or hoping she’d take the animal off their hands.
She cautiously agreed to bring some home, but word spread fast.
Her inbox became flooded with questions, and she did her best to respond to each one. She built a website filled with information, created brochures and, in 2014, started her nonprofit. Soon, her backyard was filled with tortoises.
Reptile experts agree that most people have no idea how much effort goes into caring for tortoises.
Alyssa Borek, a lead zookeeper who specializes in reptiles and amphibians at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, said that because tortoises aren’t native to Washington, she thinks there’s a big problem with wildly traded animals that are often brought to the United States illegally.
“There’s a lot of people that either import animals or just try to sell them without looking at the facilities people have,” Borek said. “If someone wanted to purchase something, there would usually be no vetting.”
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Meyer said more people are starting to realize the required care is too demanding and her intake numbers have skyrocketed. She rescued eight tortoises in 2017 and four in 2018. This year, she’s already taken in 15.
“Busy is an understatement,” said Meyer, who works full time in the communications department of Washington River Protection... Aug 22, 2019
Sol Flower's 2nd Arizona Dispensary Opens with Café and Classroom - AZmarijuana.com
Copperstate Farms Management, a vertically integrated cannabis company based in Arizona, announced the opening of its second Sol Flower dispensary. The new dispensary is located at the corner of 99th Ave and W. Thunderbird Blvd in Sun City (13650 N. 99th Ave).
Open every day, the mixed-use dispensary complex is the first-of-its-kind in Arizona to have an adjoining café and classroom accessible to the public. This is Sol Flower’s second location in the Valley, the company opened their Tempe dispensary in July.
“The Sol Flower vision is to empower wellness for all,” stated Director of Patient Services, Jane Fix, who will lead the curriculum. “At our Sun City location, residents can access resources on healthcare alternatives, interact with medical cannabis experts, and participate in physical activities such as yoga, med... Jul 26, 2019
Get advice on choosing plants at Monsoon Madness sale this weekend - Prescott Daily Courier
Jeff Schalau, county extension director and area agent for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. “They have to be able to withstand temperatures up to 100 degrees and temperatures as low as potentially 5 degrees … for the snow, you grow plants that can handle that. All of our native plants can, because they have grown here for a long time.”
Residents also need to look at the soil and identify its limitations, Schalau said. It is not easy to grow in clay soil compared to other soils around the county, he said. Clay soils are dense and compacted with poor drainage, staying soggy when wet and hard when dry during the summer, which doesn’t allow for the necessary air, water and nutrients to move to the plant.
The easiest plants for people to grow in the area are cacti and succulents because they are pretty forgiving, Schalau said.
Master Gardener Mary Barnes also said that low-water plants are encouraged because of how little moisture they need.
“We live in the desert,” Barnes said. “Anything that takes a lot of water or a lot of moisture probably won’t be as successful because most people are not applying that much water in their yard, and because we’re a desert climate, things ...