The Peppermint Palace and the Urban Farm
Herb’n Organics International Headquarters in located on a quiet street in downtown Tempe, AZ, about 4 blocks from Arizona State University and 5 blocks from Tempe City Hall. Our headquarters used to be the guest house on the property and one of my dearest friends re-christened it during her last visit. That wonderful scent greets us every time we walk through the door. I walk 50 yards to our green clean world, Candice walks 3 blocks. Life is good.
And life is made even better by having the Peppermint Palace nestled into the fabric of an evolving urban farm. There are 3 hens in residence-Lucy, Blanche and Irma -who do weed and bug patrol and gift us with3 eggs a day. There are a series of gardens producing lettuces, spinach, eggplant, bok choy, swiss chard, a wide variety of herbs and an abundance of flowers, both edible and providing passive pest control. Since the property is flood irrigated, the gardens are raised up above the flood level-which also protects them from our 3 lively dogs. We have a fruit orchard with peaches, figs, apricots, nectarines, plums, and six varieties of citrus. Big old pecan trees arch over the gardens from 2 sides.
Where we work is an extension of our commitment to making our carbon footprint as small as possible and keeping our stress level as low as possible. We love what we’re doing and are very grateful that we are able to survive and grow in this economic climate.