That’s cotton, soon to be harvested, just east of Phoenix on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land. Finding fields of beautiful, puffy white cotton in the desert of Arizona is only one of many surprises and lessons in farming for our team as we travel around the valley to show you what agriculture looks like today.
We also visited with Mark Freeman on his 25-acre farm in the middle of suburban Mesa. His family, back in 1877, helped found Mesa. His grandfather and father farmed here, and so now does Mark.
We asked him, what keeps you farming?
“When you have it in your blood, it’s just pretty easy to just do it.”
He told us Arizona agriculture is not only a $20b a year and more industry, but it’s also growing, dollar wise. And per acre crop yield is not only high, but could go higher, in part due to mechanization and robotisizing.
Lots to learn, folks to talk with. We’ll keep you updated as we work!