Here at Aravaipa Farms & Inn we strive to respect and protect both the uniqueness of Aravaipa Farms and its surrounding ecosystem. We believe preservation is best done through sharing our experience with others and responsibly utilizing our natural resources to benefit the Arizona community. Look for our seasonal produce in Tucson on Sundays at Rillito Park Farmers Markets.
One of the goals of the farm is to produce and serve as much of our own food as possible. Therefore, we jam, pickle, preserve, and jar seasonally in order to share these delightful flavors throughout the year. We are proud to feature an 11,000 sq. ft. vegetable and flower garden. Anything we can’t use in a timely matter is sold at markets and restaurants.
The winter garden (Oct. –Apr.) features many root vegetables and greens, such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots, celery, spinach, arugula, onions and bok choy. The summer garden (May–Sept.) produces beans, peas, peppers, tomatoes, squash, melons, and flowers. When available, our produce and fruits are available for our our guests to purchase.
Nourished by the Arizona sunshine and pristine water derived from the spring-fed creek that transects our land, the original orchard was planted some 50 years ago by landowner, Bill Farney.
Much of the orchard is planted with young fruit trees with the exception of a few old apricot and pecan trees and a mature stand of Asian pears, Hasui and Ya Li. You’ll see them growing at the orchard’s south end. The orchard’s north side bears two varieties of apricots, six varieties of peaches, apriums and apples. Elsewhere on our grounds, you’ll find trees dripping with navel oranges, Valencia oranges, pink and ruby red grapefruits, Meyer lemons, Lisbon lemons, Mexican limes, Mission figs, golden figs, and pomegranates.
Seasonally, all fruit is available for purchase. We will let you know what’s ripe and when the fruit will be ready for harvest.
We are currently in the process of formalizing our farm plan and will be happy to share it openly once it is complete. Here are key points to summarize our current efforts throughout the farm.
- No-till practices, allowing the soil ecosystems to work their own magic
- Drip irrigation is on automatic timer throughout the entire orchard & garden to minimize our water consumption
- Flood irrigation is used infrequently & is directed with furrows to ensure efficient use of water
- Water is sourced from new, on-site wells, rather than directly pulling from the creek
- Desert-adapted or native varieties of produce is planted whenever possible
- Only certified-organic fertilizer or inputs are used. We never spray or use pesticides
- We plant many different varieties to promote biodiversity