The Inter-mountain West is experiencing some of the most dramatic population growth and land development in the nation. From 1982 to 1997, the total amount of developed land in the region grew by 2 million acres, through conversion of agricultural land and natural open space. Arizona is no exception, more than doubling its population and tripling its employment between 1969 and 2003.
Tucson Village Farm, an urban farm operated by the UA Cooperative Extension, is an environmental community program that teaches people about planting, harvesting and sustainability. The site recently served as the training grounds for the touring Big Green Bus, which is educating children about harvesting and also ways to be self-reliant and sustainable.