Winter Showcase Vendors

As our first semester of 2016 came to an end we all gathered at the Colton Community Garden for one last evening together. With the objective of raising money for the garden we put the winter showcase together. With the help of all the class members, we were able to double the money made last year for the garden!

We had the opportunity to have amazing vendors at the showcase this year.

Araceli’s Art Boutique

Araceli was one of the invited vendors. She displayed her different handmade jewelry at the showcase.

FYS: Community Garden Students

We also had our own booth, full of organic, locally made items, including clay masks, homemade chocolate, fruit preserves, and more.

We also had a local artist, Brittany, display and sell her wonderful artwork, as they reflected the attitude towards nature that we had learned to appreciate over the course of this semester.

Blog by Jacey and Leslie

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”)


Artisan Blog Entry

By: Meghan Ris and Emma Toncheff

     Our Flagstaff Artisan we interviewed was Marina Vasquez. Marina is from Huehuentenango, Guatemala. When she was just 10 years old, her and her family moved to Guatemala City. While Marina and her family were living in Guatemala City, they made and sold coiled baskets and wmarinasellingbasketoven clothing, just to make it by day to day. From living this way, Marina realized how important it was for her to get an education. Everyday after selling with her family, she would attend high school. Once she finished high school she attended college level classes. After she finished college she taught as a Spanish-as-a-Second-Language-Teacher in the mountains of Guatemala. Smarinahe eventually met her husband, Miguel, and they moved to the United States. When they got to the United States, Marina taught at community colleges and was a substitute and high school teacher for many years. She eventually found her way to Northern Arizona University. In the 1990’s Marina helped to develop Spanish curriculum for Education Systems at NAU. Currently Marina teaches Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU.