Veg Farm Day! Tour, Eat, and get hands on at the veganic Sunizona Family Farms.

Sunizona Family Farms is of one the world's few farms pioneering veganic farming (vegan-organic) and we're lucky enough to have them just south of us, in Willcox. We will be taking part in their Farm day on Nov 11th!

YOU NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT AT:

http://datatap.com/sunizona-farmday/

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UPDATE (Oct.19): Farm Day has been rescheduled for Nov 11th, Sunizona has had an unexpected death in the family.
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Excerpt from an email with Sunizona Family Farms:

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"On Sunday the 28 of October [rescheduled: 11th of November]  , we were planning to have a FarmDay for our FarmBox members.

Since you contacted us [about a group tour], & since the year is rushing along, & our schedule is pretty tight, we decided to open it up to your group as well (basically we are opening it to the public as well as to our farmbox members).

It is free for FarmBox members but we will need to charge non-FarmBox members to help defray the expenses involved  I really think it will be a fun day for people. We will need people to register in advance since it involves logistics & a meal. "

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Farm Day Details (actual lineup may differ slightly)

1. Arrive at farm at 11:00 am
2. Refreshments served (homemade vegan farm fresh ingredients)
3. Tour of farm (1 hr)
4. Dig in & Experience the Farm  (40 - 45 min)
(hands on events such as seed starting, transplanting baby plants, baking vegan bread, fresh smoothie making, harvesting 6 ft tall green beans, harvesting carrots & beets...  etc.)
5.  Short informative lecture / Video about the urgency of eating well & living well & how Organic Veganic local farming plays into it.  (30 - 40 min)
6.  Enjoy a Vegan Vegetarian meal on our lawn.  Visit with each other and the people who grow, harvest, and pack your food everyday.
7.  Be ready to go home anytime after 2:30 or 3 pm  or stay & visit under the willow tree.

The cost for this is $15 per adult and $10 per child (for non farmbox members).  This includes the refreshments, meal and all activities.

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Consider that the farm is in Willcox, and according to Google is a 2hr drive from the center of Tucson. Some of us may want to discuss carpooling in the comments.

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Sunizona has has developed their own veganic fertilizers using composted plant matter instead of manure, bloodmeal, fishmeal, and bonemeal typically used in organic farming. You may have heard the myth that we need animal products to grow vegetables. However, animals get nutrients from plants and we can skip the animal's body and instead compost plant matter directly to attain nutrient rich soil without animal hormones, antibiotics and mercury (all which can uptake into plants) as well as harmful bacteria.

Explore their lush website that's chock-full of information:

http://www.sunizonafamilyfarms.com/

You can buy direct from Sunizona by joining their Farm Box program and picking up your produce at one of the 30+ local pick-up locations in Tucson and surrounding areas including Oro Valley, Tempe, Scottsdale, Sierra Vista among others.

Check out their Farm Box webstore with awesome all vegan bakery items as well as their veganic soil so you can start your own veganic garden!

No shipping fee, you can just pick-up items at one of the weekly drop-off locations.

The Farm Box program can be subscribed to and conveniently managed through their website. Alternatively, you can buy some of their produce at Whole Foods and AJ's Fine Foods but the Farm Box is a great deal.

Lets support what will hopefully be a growing trend in local, sustainable, veganic farming!

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  • Susan

    Wish we could have gone - it sounded amazing! Ben, thanks for sending out the info for their CSA. I just put in our first order and I'm very excited to pick it up this Friday!
    http://www.sunizonafamilyfarms.com/#!about-farmbox

    November 14, 2012

  • Wendy

    What an extraordinary event! Sign me up for next year!!

    November 13, 2012

  • Farrah

    This was a great event.

    November 12, 2012

  • Melissa A.

    FUN! A little on the cold side :-)

    November 12, 2012

  • Wesley

    Fantastic tour of this amazing veganic farm.

    November 12, 2012

  • Wendy

    HAA! We missed you Santi!! It was awesome!

    1 · November 11, 2012

    • Sylvia R.

      hey lady! I think I left my phone in your car. :) Enjoy the glee app! lol. Anyways, I left you a msg on your meetup page :)

      November 11, 2012

    • Santiago el S.

      unfortunately, our Nation's Capitol demands my presence, ensuring out freedoms... freedoms such as "Farm Day"... regale me with stories when i return. pax vobiscum

      November 11, 2012

  • Ryan

    It was a wonderful event. Looking forward to the next one.

    November 11, 2012

  • Sylvia R.

    Such a great event! Loved it!!!!

    November 11, 2012

  • Sylvia R.

    Ahhhhmaazing!!! I really loved it. Learned so much. Gained a whole new appreciation for food. Loved the people, the freaking MICRO GREENS (YES!), the good times, and all the laughter. I highly recommend getting a Farm Box from this place! Yes!

    November 11, 2012

  • Santiago el S.

    i'm on the far east side (Washington DC) and need a ride. will chip in for gas. anyone??

    November 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Joan you have the same last name as me...do I kmow you?

    November 10, 2012

  • Ryan

    I'm just now noticing this event and would love to go, but I see that they asked we register by the seventh. I'm guessing I'm too late?

    November 10, 2012

    • Ben B

      Whoops typo in my last sentence, here's what I meant "I just left a voicemail and have emailed them, and likely they'll have me disable the form very soon or later today."

      November 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ryan, I signed up today and I just cancelled my two guests so there is probably room. Also I am in Oro Valley if anyone needs a ride from that area. [masked]

      November 10, 2012

  • randy sue t.

    Is anyone going from downtown, can I get a ride chip in for gas. How much is the event?

    November 10, 2012

  • Christine

    Thx Ben, I'll take you up on the offer. It's too bad we couldn't just rent something where we all could fit.

    November 9, 2012

  • marika

    me too. I was going with Kay. Anyone have space? I can pay for gas

    thank you

    November 9, 2012

  • Christine

    Kay just sent me an email saying she's ill and will no longer be attending this. Are there any other carpoolers that have space available? thx

    November 9, 2012

    • Ben R

      I was going with Kay too; I'll probably drive now instead. I have a truck, so I have room for one more. Or three more, if two of you don't mind being scrunched up and uncomfortable for 4 hours sitting side-ways in the back. :-)

      November 9, 2012

  • Nick M.

    Kay- I would like to go if you have car space. I live at 2118 N Rita (near CC & Grant). What time are u going to leave?

    November 5, 2012

    • marika

      thank you Kay. Is it still available? where should we meet?

      November 6, 2012

    • marika

      gets a bit confusing on here- my number is[masked], thank you . I can pay for gas

      November 6, 2012

  • marika

    hi, I would like to carpool too with someone if anyone has room still. I can pay for gas and live on the East side of town. thank you

    November 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Marika. I have room since I've not heard anything from my original passengers.

      November 5, 2012

    • marika

      oh, I wrote in the wrong spot- just wondering how to coordinate and if it is still available? thank you

      November 6, 2012

  • Ben R

    Hi all, I just signed up, so as long as they are not full, I am planning to go. I have a truck, so I can only take one person with me.

    Alternatively, if there is a spot left in a passenger car for me, that would be preferable since it is more efficient than a truck. And yes, I can pay my share of the gas. I live near Golf Links and Kolb.

    Thanks

    November 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ben. I have room since I've not heard anything from my original passengers.

      November 5, 2012

    • Ben R

      Thanks Kay. I'll follow up privately to arrange the details.

      November 6, 2012

  • Christine

    There's been a ton of emails on this and I've not been able to keep up. I'm still going to this event and expect the carpooling agreement to be still in tack. I've been looking for the original emails but since this got cancelled and rescheduled and with so much more emails since then, would the lady who contacted me give me the thumbs up again? I believe it was Kay but pls confirm? Thank you.

    November 6, 2012

  • Rebecca M.

    I have room for 4. I live in Vail, could we meet at 8:45 @ Vail Steakhouse just off exit at Colossal Cave Rd? exit #279. I will be happy to drive. My cell#[masked]

    November 5, 2012

  • Nick M.

    I want to go, but have no car. I live near Grant & Country Club. Can someone scoop me?

    October 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you still going to Sunizona with me, Nick?

      November 4, 2012

  • Santiago el S.

    true, my absence will be a huge bummer. especially considering i was in charge of travel games: Ghost, Animal Vegetable Mineral, etc. i was so looking forward to relaxing under that willow tree...

    November 3, 2012

  • Wendy

    Me too but minus Santi! :(

    November 2, 2012

  • Wendy

    You're on board young lady!!!

    1 · November 2, 2012

    • Sylvia R.

      Yessssssss! I'm pumped!

      November 2, 2012

  • Sylvia R.

    Alright! I got the time off again! Yes!!!! So, I'll double check to see if my former carpool people are still on board... and go from there!!!! Btw, tomorrow (November 3rd), there is a "Healthy You Network" health fair from 10am-5pm. This is a vegan event and more info can be attained by going to http://healthyyounetwork.org/. Just an fyi for y'all. Hugs and I look forward to farm day!!!!! Yes! (Can you tell I'm excited?)

    November 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am able to go on Nov. 11 & I'm still able to drive. I have notified Sunizona that I will be there.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We received the message about Sunizona's family tragedy. I've got the word out to the people traveling with me - hopefully we can all make the new date.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nick, Sylvia, Jan, & Christine, you guys are it. I'm full. My phone is[masked] so either call me or send me a message at [masked] with addresses, etc., so I can plan the pick up times.

    October 10, 2012

    • marika

      oops, car pool first....thank you

      October 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have 1 space if you want it, Marika.

      October 19, 2012

  • Gurushabd

    Marika I can meet you somewhere and drive. I thought I had emailed you on something, but have no idea where. If anyone else needs a ride from the east side let me know

    October 17, 2012

    • marika

      Hi Gurushabd, my number is 440-6884. Can we set up a place to meet on the phone? thanks

      October 19, 2012

  • Santiago el S.

    dear people i'm carpooling with, i wonder how much time we'll be spending "under the willow tree"?? i gotta get home by 5 to cook dinner...

    October 17, 2012

    • Ben B

      yeah you're in the Wendy van, it had appeared Kay thought you might be looking for a ride when she replied to you.

      October 17, 2012

    • Santiago el S.

      thanks for the offer, Kay, and i'm sure your carpool group would be a compelling choice... but apparently, my presence is required in the Wendy Van.

      October 17, 2012

  • Ben B

    I was just told they may have to cut off registrations soon and start putting people on a wait list due to the unexpected popularity of the program among their farmbox members and our group. Also all of you who have registered will be receiving an email reply (likely today) to your registration, there was a delay in this but rest assure your registration was received and they'll reply to let you know.

    October 14, 2012

    • Sylvia R.

      Hi Ben! I still haven't received a response email from Sunizona. Should I be concerned? I did sign up via their website link, and I did get that day off; so I'm planning on being there. Do you think I should follow up and call them? This is going to be a fun day! :)

      October 17, 2012

    • Ben B

      Earlier today she said she hasn't yet had a chance to email everyone but I'm sure they received it. I helped build the form and I can see you registered. A few days ago it was changed so people get an auto-reply right away, but it was first designed so that she would reply to each email notification she got but we had a miss communication as to that was the way it was set up.

      October 17, 2012

  • Ben B

    If you're committed to going to Farm Day, the sooner you register with Sunizona the better because I'm told the some of the activity choices are filling up! You choose a 1st and 2nd choice when registering with the 2nd choice being the back-up choice. Register with Sunizona via the link provided in the meetup page for this event.

    October 12, 2012

  • Christine

    Hi Kay. Can you add me to the carpool? :-)

    October 10, 2012

  • Ben B

    Cool! Yeah they have a great vegan podcast as well. If anyone missed the link or stumbles upon this in the future, Our Hen House wrote about our meetup group going to Sunizona:

    http://www.ourhenhouse.org/2012/09/in-search-of-my-veganic-thumb/ Check out the video they include at the bottom of the post, of the Sunizona family singing a song about the farm fresh tomatoes!

    October 10, 2012

  • Sylvia R.

    That is an awesome blog! Thanks for posting Ben! And I'd be interested in carpooling with you Kay if there's still room in your car? I also live in midtown. :)

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in midtown so would be happy to pick you up, Nick.

    October 9, 2012

  • Gurushabd

    I can drive 4 if anyone wants to meet on the east side. Along houghton or something

    October 9, 2012

  • Ben B

    Ok Here's the registration form!
    http://datatap.com/sunizona-farmday/
    Let me know if you have any trouble with it. I'm also going to announce this event again to everyone in the group now that it's good to go.

    October 8, 2012

  • Ben B

    I will be posting a form witn 24 hours! Sunizona has had continued PC trouble so I volunteered to develop a web based registration form that will make it easy to signup yourself and additional guests! $15/adult. $10/kids 12 and under. Free for farmbox members and their immediate family. No payment will be due until you get to the farm. I'll post again soon.

    October 8, 2012

  • Ben R

    I'll be looking to carpool as well. I have a truck, though, so I can only fit one more person if I am driving.

    October 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be driving and can take 4 passengers.

    October 5, 2012

  • Laura

    I'd love to go, but getting there is a problem.

    October 5, 2012

  • Ben B

    I just spoke with Janice Smith at Sunizona, and they are still working out an issue I noticed they have with the PDF registration form at:
    http://www.sunizonafamilyfarms.com/#!events
    Their computer PSU is overheating and should be back from the shop in a day or so when they can fix the form so that it allows us to edit the form fields and save it so that we can each email it to them. They may actually be able to make it fill out and send with a submit button. Currently all you can do is view and print the PDF which makes faxing the only option. I'll update when it's fixed!

    October 3, 2012

  • Sylvia R.

    I'm up for carpooling too! Within the next week, I will know from work if I can definitely have that day off. Then maybe all three of us (or more?) could carpool. That would be fun!

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd be happy to carpool.

    October 1, 2012

  • Ben B

    Sunizona has provided additional information on their website but I'm awaiting clarification from them on something before I post it. Should hear from them in a day or so.

    October 1, 2012

  • Sylvia R.

    Do we need to register for this soon? I saw above in the comments that we will be needing to register. Also, is anyone interested in carpooling? I think it might be more fun to carpool. It's either that or me doing kareoke the whole way there by myself. I guess both could be fun. lol.

    October 1, 2012

  • Ben B

    I've assigned the date and confirmed our interest with Sunizona so it's official we're going to Farm Day on Oct 28th! More details including a registration link to come but it looks like it's going to be $15 per person which is a good value considering it includes food and activities.

    September 16, 2012

  • pamela

    I am definitely interested. Money may be an issue.

    September 16, 2012

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