Only in Arizona: Farm in Eloy shows promise for domestic cultivation of plant that produces natural latex Our first introduction to rubber trees likely came from vintage Looney Tunes or Disney cartoons. Some of the plot lines were set in the rainforests of Burma or Brazil, and the whimsical animated rubber trees would do something silly, like bounce the antagonist out of the story and over the horizon. But, all we knew was that rubber trees weren't from around here, and if we needed entertainment beyond Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, rubber bands were pretty cool, too. And it's true that rubber trees, or hevea brasiliensis, grow primarily in the rain forests of South America and the Far East; its milky latex is extracted like maple syrup into buckets to make tires and car parts, soles of shoes, medical products and lots of other everyday items, including rubber bands. So when I heard that we were growing plants in Arizona to make rubber, I didn't believe it. How can Popeye and Porky Pig … [Read more...] about Does Arizona really grow plants for rubber production?
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Being a serial killer was easier in the Old West.Some places were a long way from towns or sheriffs or newspapers. There was no FBI list of missing persons. People simply vanished then, without so much as a phone call, blog post or tweet. Typically, they were drifters who simply moved on.But in the 1880s, a lot of people seemed to disappear around the farms of Robert George Apsey. Some stories say that local sheriffs looked into the matter, but couldn’t find any proof that Apsey had committed a crime.One day in September 1890, Lt. J.W. Watson and a group of Apache scouts rode by Apsey’s farm, located near Aravaipa Creek, in the desert southeast of Globe. There was a large brush fire, a foul stench.Apsey said he was burning a pig, hoping to prevent the sick animal’s disease from spreading to the rest of his stock.The soldiers started to ride away, but one of the scouts became suspicious. They turned back and discovered human remains in the fire. Newspapers … [Read more...] about Inglorious Arizona: A farmer or a serial killer? Or both?
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story was originally published by Reveal. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside, his intestines were inflamed and bleeding. For four days last spring, doctors struggled to control the infection that was ravaging Whitt, a father of three in western Idaho. The pain was excruciating, even though he was given opioid painkillers intravenously every 10 minutes for days. His family feared they would lose him. “I was terrified. I wouldn’t leave the hospital because I wasn’t sure he was still going to be there when I got back,” said Whitt’s wife, Melinda. Whitt and his family were baffled: How … [Read more...] about 5 People Died From Eating Lettuce But Trump’s FDA Still Won’t Make Farms Test Water for Bacteria
Lauren Castle Arizona Republic Published 10:59 AM EDT Oct 26, 2018 A Gilbert family is milking goats, feeding chickens and growing its own vegetables, all in their own suburban backyard. DaNelle Wolford, 37, said she wanted a healthier lifestyle and fell in love with urban farming. "I was really attracted to the idea of growing our own food," she said. She's not alone. Urban farming has become popular across metro Phoenix, where community gardens continue to sprout, and beyond. And urban farms tend to attract younger people to farming. The trick is to know the rules in your community. For instance, some communities allow backyard chickens, while others do not. Once DaNelle convinced her husband, Kevin, on her plan to farm, the family moved to an area in Gilbert without a homeowners association. Nearly a decade later, the family continues to farm and share tips and farm stories with their own popular YouTube … [Read more...] about Gilbert family becomes YouTube stars with suburban farm
Features By Diana Duff Special to West Hawaii Today | Sunday, December 16, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story Jenine’s lemon tree is in full production now providing lots of juice for the Boidos. The crown flower is one of the favorite foods of the monarch butterfly caterpillar. Jeanine’s shrub was surrounded by monarchs looking for a place to lay the eggs for their caterpillars. The view from the Boido’s deck is one of the gems that Jenine enjoys on her farm. Jenine and Abram have enjoyed living in the farmhouse that was built in 1984 using a multifaceted home kit. (Photo courtesy / Diana Duff) Jenine is able to control alpha goat Kaia by carrying a water spray bottle and occasionally spraying her when she misbehaves. (Photos courtesy / Diana Duff) KEAUHOU MAUKA — Two barking dogs raced at my truck as I pulled into the drive at Jenine and Abram Boido’s farmhouse. Once I was out of the vehicle Mascarita, and Bonito began … [Read more...] about Jenine Boido enjoying simple pleasures of farm life in Keauhou Mauka
Grace Palmieri Arizona Republic Published 8:00 AM EST Feb 1, 2019 Should Phoenix change its name to Flavortown? Based on how many times Guy Fieri has visited, maybe. Fieri, host of the popular Food Network show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," has made the rounds to numerous Arizona restaurants over the years. Here's everywhere he's stopped in metro Phoenix: Aloha Kitchen Mesa's Aloha Kitchen appeared on an episode of the show titled "Rollin’ in the Dough,” which first aired March 2, 2018. It featured a dish called Manapua, Hawaii's version of cha siu bao, which are Chinese buns filled with barbecue pork, and Kalbi, Korean-style short ribs. Details: 2950 S. Alma School Road, Mesa. (480) 897-2451. alohakitchen.com. Andreoli Italian Grocer At this authentic Italian restaurant and grocer, head chef Giovanni Scorzo showed Fieri how he makes his own prosciutto, a yearlong process from beginning to end. When ready, it's turned into a sandwich complete with fresh … [Read more...] about Guy Fieri loves Arizona. Here’s where he’s been in metro Phoenix.