We're picky about a lot of things -- for example, our homegrown food and who we follow on Instagram. Here are five Instagram-ers in metro Phoenix we can get behind following. They provide a special look into what's it like to grow food in Metro Phoenix. From fancy full-scale farms to smaller growers. Follow these folks to be inspired daily and remember "no farms, no food."
@TonyGrowsFood/GrowKale.com Tony Kasowski showcases adventures in vegetables, mulch techniques, composting, and farm animals like rabbits and chickens on his personal account. Kasowski is the founder and operator of Grow Kale, which focuses on ecologically and chemical free fruit and vegetable garden/orchards. He's worked on multiple farms and also teaches urban-farming classes.
@HaydenFlourMills/ Hayden Flour Mills Milling at it's finest, the Hayden Flour Mills account started up almost 2 years ago and seems to picking up speed with more posts recently. You'll see lovely well thought through photos that capture the process, the outcomes and the retail part of the business and some candid shots of local food "celebrities."
@TheFarmArizona/The Farm at South Mountain With a retail twist and staggered (we'd like to see more) posts, you can vicariously live at "The Farm" through this account.
@AgritopiaFarm/ Agritopia Keep up with what's growing and available for sale by following The Farm at Agritopia. The sun-soaked images are inspirational....and there's sheep. Enough said. Also, follow Garrett Gruninger at handle "Burritos_Workshop" who works at The Farm at Agritopia for even more inspiration.
@TheSimpleFarm/The Simple Farm If you're a sucker for cute goats and pretty flowers, this is the account for you. Chronicling The Simple Farm is co-owner Lylah Ledner who grows and makes everything from carrots to caramels. Her near daily posts sometimes includes videos of baby goats and our recent favorite- milking a goat directly into her coffee. #Promotethegoat indeed.
Bonus: @VeggieBadman/ Charleen Badman While not technically a grower, Badman is called the "vegetable whisperer" for a reason and her account is a colorful cornucopia of goodness and most of the time you can try her works at FnB. Are you hungry yet?
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