Garden Bugs  LbNA # 46402

Placed DateApr 6 2009
LocationMarana, AZ
Found By navywife727
Last Found Jun 13 2014
Hike Distance?

Less than 1 mile round trip.

The purpose of Garden Bugs is to draw your attention to the Marana Farm. The clue will take you to the box first with a nice walk and then to the Farm. However, you can easily figure out how to go to the farm first and perhaps the box from there.

The Marana Farm is a 25 acre produce farm and is a partnership between the Community Food Bank Community Food Security Center, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department, and many community members. They use organic growing methods and strive to operate a farm that improves the health of the community and environment.

As part of Marana’s Heritage River Park, the Farm celebrates and honors the agricultural heritage of the many people who have farmed this area over the centuries. The Farm offers the community and visitors a place to:

• Access healthy locally grown produce
• Learn important role that agriculture plays in the history and future of Marana and southern Arizona
• Learn to grow food in the Sonora Desert through workshops and events for youth and adults
• Learn about community food security and food bank programs
• Experience a diverse farming system

The farm began production September 2007 and grows produce year round. Half of the farm is still under development and current production is on a 6 acre rotation to improve our soil – 3 acres in crops and 3 acres in cover crops. Produce grown on the farm is sold at the Marana Farm Stand , the Community Food Bank’s other farmers markets and other local venues. It is also used through the Marana Food Bank (a branch bank of CFB) and other food bank programs such as the SnakPaks, Good Groceries Mobile Market, Value Foods Store.

The Marana Farm Stand opened January 2008 to sell produce from the Community Food Bank farm to Northwest communities and to provide a venue for small Marana area growers to sell produce. We hope someday this farm stand will grow into a full fledged Farmers’ Market and be a community gathering place.

Where: Marana Farm Ramada
Heritage River Park
South of the intersection of Tangerine Farms Road and Heritage Park Drive

When: Mondays, October- April 3 pm – 6 pm,
May-September 4 pm – 7 pm, Closed December

What: This market has two vendors – one is the Marana Farm booth which is run like a small farm stand. They sell fresh vegetables right from the Farm on site and when seasonally available they get locally grown fruit, vegetables and honey from English Family Orchards in Willcox, Forever Yong Farm in Amado, Estancia Orchard in Dragoon, Crooked Sky Farms in Glendale and from the Community Foods Consignment. The other vendor is, Michael and Rebecca Park, who sell organic produce from their quarter acre farm in Marana. The Farm Stand accepts cash, FMNP coupons, food stamps, and credit and debit cards.

To the mini box:

Get off I-10 at exit 240
Go west on Tangerine to Lon Adams.
Turn into Gladden Farms Community Park and park at the first designated parking lot.

Cross the road to the walking/bike path and go right.
Follow it around left between the ramada and playground.
Cross the RR tracks and go right to continue on the walking/bike path.
Go past Harvestore.

At the first paved right, you could go visit the farm now. But if you want to shop at the farmer's market you may want to wait.
Soon, you will pass a man gate and a vehicle gate which give access to the wash. Just past the gates the path makes a small dogleg. Beyond the dogleg is a bench. Have a seat and rest a spell. while sitting on the bench look across the path to the right - there is a wooden pole, the box is behind the bush to the right of the wooden pole
Recommended colors: Black and Red

After stamping return to your car. If you leave out of the parking lot and go right, you will come around to Heritage River Park and the farm. Now would be a good time to do your shopping and check out the farm.

If you would like to extend your walk, the path continues; make it as long as you want.

I have listed this box as w/c accessible. If you can manipulate things from the ground and put it back, it is. You can wheel right up to the box. If you try it and find it not so, let me know and I will remove the designation.

all standard desert warnings apply.
all standard considerations for sealing container and hiding for those who follow apply.

Please note: there is no room for a hitchhiker w/o compromising the seal of the box. Please don't force one.