Assistant Extension Agent in Horticulture with UA’s Pima County Cooperative Extension
Monday, January 10, 2022,
an ASA Zoom Webinar*
If you feel like you’ve just lost all your gardening skills since moving from a temperate climate to the arid Sonoran Desert, Parker Filer is about to rekindle your confidence and enthusiasm. Even if you’ve been a committed desert rat for years, you’re sure to gain inspiration for future gardening projects. So many Academy Village residents are either establishing new landscapes or updating old ones inherited from earlier owners that this presentation will have something for everyone.
The talk will serve as a helpful introduction to desert gardening and landscaping. Important concepts for successful and sustainable gardening and locally-appropriate practices will be introduced and discussed. It will include such topics as characteristics and management of desert soils, irrigation scheduling and methods, and—the fun part! —appropriate plant selection and maintenance.
Parker’s job with Pima County Extension requires that he manage the unit’s agriculture and natural resources programming including the Pima SmartScape (a training program for landscape professionals) and Pima Master Gardeners (in which volunteers are trained to serve as community educators). He earned a Bachelor of Science in Tropical Plant & Soil Science at the University of Hawaii and a Master’s degree in International Agriculture & Rural Development from Cornell University. He worked and studied with farmers in multiple countries and in various parts of the US before joining the UA Cooperative Extension in 2019. He currently serves on the City of Tucson’s Landscape Advisory Committee and volunteers as chairman of the Board of directors with Community Gardens of Tucson.
Compiled by Rosemary Brown, Academy Village Volunteer
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