Food Oasis in the desert

Tucson has a shocking amount of renewable water.  Shocking because we waste virtually all of it — if we care what we use it for, rather than who “owns” it.

To see what we could do with our rain — if we choose to — check out this Prezi presentation.  It is a toolbox for a dozen or more tools that we can use throughout Tucson to transform Tucson into a rain watered, edible forest, that shades our streets and brings us together.  Or view the transformation of an existing neighborhood intersection into a micro-Food Park, thanks to the magic of Photoshop.

This is not a unique idea.  For instance, the American Society of Landscape Architecture just put out this animation of how to transform a city so it produces lots of food.

The Edible City from ASLA on Vimeo.

 

Neighborhood micro-Food Park

Almost any street in any neighborhood could become a center for establishing community, harvesting water, and Feeding Tucson.  Check out this example of the conversion of a conventional neighborhood intersection into a µ-Food Park.

Pay special attention to the Drywell.  Phoenix has over 50,000 of them.  Pima County has a couple of dozen.  They can be used to recharge filtered rainwater into the aquifer – 100s of thousands of gallons each.

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Creating a Secure Food Supply with our rain