University of Arizona Cooperative Extension has just released an educational YouTube video series on the fundamentals of gardening in the low desert. The videos explain the basic steps to introduce novice gardeners or recent Maricopa County residents to vegetable gardening in Arizona. Featuring photos, video clips, interviews with experts and infographics, the video series follows the peer-reviewed University of Arizona publication, Ten Steps to a Successful Vegetable Garden.
With funding from the University of Arizona's Green Fund, UA Cooperative Extension hired Daylee Burr, an undergraduate student extern, to develop the 10 three-minute videos and post them to YouTube. In creating the videos, Burr got a chance to gain real-world career experience, learn how to grow food and network with sustainability professionals.
The mission of the Green Fund is to support projects that make the University of Arizona a more environmentally sustainable institution. A student committee selects the projects to be funded. Monies allocated to the UA Green Fund come from student tuition.
Footage for the videos was taken at the Human Services Campus garden - a teaching garden for the homeless and community volunteers, the Phoenix Urban Research Farm at PHX Renews - a research and demonstration farm located on a formerly vacant lot in the heart of Phoenix, and the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension demonstration garden. All three urban farms and garden sites provide hands-on learning opportunities.
As the outreach arm of the University of Arizona, UA Cooperative Extension translates the university research and brings it to the people through educational programs. Additionally, UA Cooperative Extension seeks to improve lives, communities, and the economy by working collaboratively with stakeholders to determine new research and education needs. With offices in every county in the state, UA Cooperative Extension is based in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.