During our recent visit to Arcosanti, we got a chance to see how the desert community is working to build up sustainable food production. Arcosanti is a community that in many ways strives to be self-sufficient, and producing organic food on-site would be a major step in that direction.
As you can see from the scale model of the greenhouses pictured at the bottom of this post, plans for food production at Arcosanti are pretty ambitious. However, they currently have just one experimental greenhouse where they're testing to see which plants they can grow in the climate. So far, organic lettuce, tomatoes and various herbs are productive enough to be used in the main kitchen that feeds the fifty permanent residents of Arcosanti.
We saw a variety of edible plants on the grounds including olive and apricot trees plus a good number of chickens, guinea hens, peacocks and one lone duck! In addition to the greenhouses, there are also nearby fields that have been farmed in recent years, but because the community's agricultural specialist moved on, they aren't producing any food right now. Our tour guide Lindsay also mentioned that the community is planning to grow a variety of blue corn in their fields in partnership with a local Hopi tribe.