Farmers Market 9/17

Authors: Ashley Kritzstein, Daniel Herger

Sunday, September 17 at 8:15 a.m. we met and walked over to the Flagstaff Farmers Market. It was a sunny 60 degrees and we volunteered with another student in our class, Eshed.

Once there we were instructed on selling procedures and how to handle the money.  We sold kale, squash, green beans, flowers and peppers from the Colton Community Garden alongside two other backyard growers. One was a little boy who sold flowers and various vegetables. The other was a woman who sold tomatoes and basil.

Here are pictures of some of the products us and the other growers were selling at our booth.

Throughout the two hour period we were only able to sell three products, all of which were bags of green beans. The profit for the two hours was $4.50 for the museum garden, however the other growers were making sales within that time period.

More pictures of the booth and an example of some of the beautiful vegetables that were for sale.

We learned that you have to put yourself out there to create a welcoming stand that draws customers in. We tried standing on the outside of the stand, greeting people, and wishing them good morning but we still were not as successful as some of the more well known vendors.

After our shift it was interesting to see all the local produce at other stands and get to experience the Flagstaff community coming together. For example, there was fresh breads, jams, and home made foods. We bough tamales and horchata to support the local economy.

Here are pictures of us enjoying the friendly Flagstaff community.

In conclusion, we both had an amazing experience at the Flagstaff Farmers Market and will definitely be back soon to either volunteer or possibly just shop around and get more immersed in the community.




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.