Irrigation Artisan Profile: Hattie Braun


Whether you plan on having or improving a garden, an essential key to aid in the creation of a beautiful garden is to have the appropriate irrigation for your garden. In light of this, I was lucky to have met an irrigation expert that helped me in developing an irrigation system that would be the most appropriate for Colton Community Garden


My irrigation project couldn’t have happened without the help of my irrigation artisan, Hattie Braun. Hattie helped me in finding a good irrigation system that would work successfully in the Colton Community Garden, and she introduced me to polytubing and emitter  tubing systems.


Along with Hattie, I was able to develop an appropriate system and plans that would work very well in the garden


This irrigation project would not have been possible without the ongoing work and help from Rosemary, Lissa, Allison, Inka, and of course, Hattie Braun. In light of this, we will be working in order to incorporate this polytubing/emitter system onto Colton Community Garden!

By: Christian Alcaraz


Polytubing and Emitter System How-to!


An irrigation project that would be consistent in being the most effective for Colton Community Garden was thoroughly worked on by Christian Alcaraz who received great collaboration from Rosemary, Lissa, Hattie, Allison, and Inka, along with several other sources who aided in the completion of the garden irrigation design plan.


The garden irrigation plan consists of polytubing and emitter tubing that would essentially be a great form of irrigating the garden, and facilitating the actual watering of all of the different plants, crops, and vegetables being grown.

 The polytubing and emitter system would extend to each of the beds shown above, which would ultimately prove very beneficial for all of the crops being grown.

The system consists of connecting the upper items to a water source and to each other and building the whole set up in accordance to wherever you are going to install this system.


The whole system would ultimately be very beneficial for the Colton Community Garden, and any garden that is in need of a good irrigation system.

By: Christian Alcaraz

Artisan Profile: Phyllis Hogan; How to make salve


This journey began with the simple desire to create. Create something natural, from the land and garden we worked at.  So Baylee, Miranda and I began our research with a woman who knows more about medical herbs and ethnobotany than probably anyone in the Southwest United Statesunnamed-1.jpg

Prior to our interview with Phyllis Hogan Baylee and I toured her beautiful storefront. unnamed-2.jpgAdmiring her wide array of herbs, washes, salves, makeup and more that her and her daughters made.


Phyllis Hogan is an ethno botanist who has been studying the state of Arizona for many different plants and herbs that can be used as medicine.

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Phyllis has a lot of different herbs and spices available to buy from her store: Winter Sun.


Along with herbs and plants, Phyllis also has a wide variety of teas that can be used as different remedies.


Emily enjoying the tester of the Pinon Salve that Phyllis’s daughters make.


Phyllis’s daughters also have their own organic make up line.



After cooking the herbs in a crock pot for 6 hours we drain them with a cheese cloth into a bowl.


In this picture Miranda and Emily are separating the stems from the elderberries. And placing the berries in the jar.


Then Miranda and Rosemary’s daughter Bryn measure beeswax to add to the juice from the herbs. The beeswax, once melted into the mixture is what helps create the consistency of slave we want.unnamed-4.jpg

Then, we pour the melted mixture into metal tins.unnamed-5.jpg

Now we wait for the salve to harden so it can be used and sold to raise money for the garden!


In this picture Miranda, Bren and her teacher are making bath salts.

BY: Baylee, Emily, & Miranda


Chicken Coop Artisan Meeting with Fritz

By Allison Altsisi

The Chicken Coop group met with a contracting wiz, Fritz, who generously allowed our group to visit her home to show us her chicken coop. She clued us in on how to take care of chickens and how to get the most out of them.


Her coop was built from an existing playground that was built for her daughter. The base of the front of the coop was the sandbox, but now it is used to keep predators from digging up into the coop. The back part of the coop is raised off the ground because the bottom can be pulled down to easily collect the chicken poop, which can be used as fertilizer.


Next to the coop is this innovative feeding garden bed that Fritz invented for the chickens.


Fritz accented the coop herself.


Inside, on the right (above) is a designated spot for the chickens to lay their eggs, because it is a drawer that slides out (below) so the eggs can be accessed more easily. On the left side (above) is the roosting bar which is where the chickens spend most of their time.


We later met up with Fritz to discuss our plans for the chicken coop. She calculated the cost of the supplies that would be needed for our coop (see earlier blog, “Chicken Coop How-To”)

Chicken Coop How-To

By Allison Altsisi


The Chicken Group (Inka Knittle, Benjamin Burch, Angelo Camacho, Allison Altsisi) worked on designing the plans for a future chicken coop in the Colton Community Garden.


The coop has been designated a 20ft by 20ft spot in the southwest corner of the garden (above). The coop itself (below) is about 8ft by 6ft and the rest of the space will be used for a run and space for the chickens to run around.


Our design can be found on


Reasons Chickens are the Best

  • They do not require a lot of space
  • They offer nutritious eggs and meat
  • They make nitrogen-rich waste that makes great fertilizer
  • They are very entertaining
  • They are helpful in turning over the soil and getting it ready for planting
  • They do not require much attention

These chickens will be very beneficial to the garden because we hope they will be able to bring more people to the garden, and by doing so, also bringing the Flagstaff community closer together. The chickens will be taken care of Lissa Buyske in the summer and volunteers will take care of them in the winter.

For this coop to be built we need funding for supplies like concrete, chicken wire, roofing panels, and cinder blocks. We are getting lumber donations from a soon-to-be torn down Art Barn. We estimate our total needs will be $350. To donate please go to

The Golden Hive: a look into comercial beekeeping

Dana Kamberg: 12/9/15

As a beekeeping group, we were fortunate to not only meet briefly with Dr. Patrick Pynes, but we also explored the new shop in Flagstaff: The Golden Hive. Here we met Tracy Heirigs who graciously gave us a tour through her candle/bee product store while giving us the background on what she did, why, and how.

Tracy’s Candles, made out of melted bee’s wax

Tracy has been living in Flagstaff for about eighteen years, and only a year ago did she open her store. She was raised around bees and has a few hives of her own. She explained to us that for every eight pounds of honey, bees produce one pound of wax. On average, a hive can produce up to 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year which equates to about 12 1/2 pounds of wax in a year. Tracy gets her wax not only from her own hives, but from multiple different   beekeeper’s hives (on a large scale). So she’s not limited to waiting on her hives in order to produce the products she needs to sell.

A top bar beehive

Tracy explained to us the difference between top bar beehives and the langstroth bee hive. Tracy personally prefers the langstroth, as it yields much more honey in a shorter amount of time. There’s less work involved in upkeep, and  the bees don’t work as hard as they might in a top bar. While this was great information to have, it made us question which type of hives are best for bees, with production set aside.

A bee wanted explore the shop (yes, it’s alive)

Tracy explained to us as well that she prefers to do what she loves and focus on that course of living rather than the monetary side of life. This concept for one was intriguing as each of could relate to the want of working in a way that is fulfilling and brings about purpose- whether the income is high or not. Overall, we enjoyed meeting with Tracy and gained a lot of insight from our meeting with her. If you’re interested in learning more about her shop, or would like to personally get in contact, you can utilize the information below:

Shop Phone: (928)440-5030

8 W Route 66, Flagstaff Arizona

How to Make Soap by Meghan Ris & Emma Toncheff

Step 1: First you will need to buy a block of glycerin soap. Which can be purchased at Michael’s, Target, or Walmart.

image1Step 2: Second you will need to cut the block of glycerin soap into small enough pieces, so that they can melt easily.


Step 3: In a microwave safe bowl  will melt together all of the pieces of glycerin soap. It should take around 1 minute or less. You will want the pieces to be completely in the liquid state and melted.


Step 4: Combine all the oils and herbs that you want to use and blend them together. You can use any type of blender it does not matter. Blend them so that they are in a liquid state. There will still be some chunks after blending but that is okay.

Step 5: Pour the blended oils and herbs into the bowl of melted glycerin soap. Stir the oils, herbs, and glycerin soap together.


Step 6: You will need to melt the oil, herbs, and glycerin one more time, so that there is no more chunks.

Step 7: Pour the melted mixture into a soap mold. You can find a soap mold online, at Michael’s, or you can you a bread pan.


Step 8: Wait for the soap to harden completely. It may be helpful to put it in the freezer to speed up the process.



Step 9: Once the soap is completely hardened, cut it into pieces. You can use any knife, but the most effective is an actual soap cutter. The pieces of soap can be any size that you want.


Step 10: Wrap the pieces of soap with any type of material that you would like.

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