Community Outreach

School and Youth Programs

School and Youth Programs

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Every spring we host our annual AlterNative Plant Fair. This free event offers educational classes, and introduces the public to the community of environmental organizations across Arizona.

Postponed until further notice. Check back for updates on the class schedule.

School and Youth Programs

School and Youth Programs

School and Youth Programs

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Do you work with a school or youth program? Verde River Growers does field trips, call or email to schedule.

Setting up a school garden? Ask how we can help.

Community Garden Clubs

School and Youth Programs

Community Garden Clubs

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Schedule a day trip to Verde River Growers. Get a personal guided tour for your garden club. Learn about how we make new plants.

Community Garden Clubs

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We participate in the Native Plant Workshop (Postponed until further notice) hosted by Keep Sedona Beautiful.

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Each spring we partner with the Highlands Center for Natural History for their native plant sale. Providing native plants best suited for the Prescott area.

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Every year we work with The Arboretum at Flagstaff, supplying locally grown native plants. Preserving our natural environments is an ongoing and valuable endeavor.

Our Green Goal

Smart Water Use: Shade

Smart Water Use: Drip Emitters

Smart Water Use: Aquamats

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We are able to cut our water usage in half by using a 50% shade cloth over our growing areas.

Smart Water Use: Aquamats

Smart Water Use: Drip Emitters

Smart Water Use: Aquamats

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Aquamats are a method of delivering water to the roots at the bottom of the pot. This is a lower water use method than traditional watering practices.

Smart Water Use: Drip Emitters

Smart Water Use: Drip Emitters

Smart Water Use: Drip Emitters

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Drip line irrigation can be fine-tuned to deliver specific amounts of water to different plants. This is an efficient way to reduce water usage.

Recycling and Reusing

Recycling and Reusing

Smart Water Use: Drip Emitters

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You may notice old price tags and labels on some of our pots, this is because we always reuse plastic pots, and if they can no longer be reused then we send them to recycling.

In the retail store section we try to clean up our reused pots, but when you wander out into our growing facilities you may encounter containers like the one pictured.

Bring your old pots to us to recycle or reuse!

Beneficial Insects

Recycling and Reusing

Beneficial Insects

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 One of our most helpful beneficial insects is the parasitic wasp, Aphidius colemani. As the name suggests, this predator attacks aphids. These little wasps fly around and lay their eggs inside of aphids. The eggs then hatch and the larvae consume the aphid from the inside out, “mummifying” it. The mummified aphid then swells and becomes a translucent-cream color until the wasp emerges from the dead aphid as an adult. 

Utilizing responsible growing practices

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Here at Verde River Growers, our environmental impact is and always has been our top priority. Safety for pollinators, wildlife, our pets, our employees and, of course, our customers. We utilize an integrated pest management program in our facility.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

 In 2013 we started to change our pest management program to include biological methods. This means we use predatory insects to prey on pests like aphids, whitefly, thrips, and spider mites. During the growing season, when these populations are high, we can even show you them at work on our plants!
Some pests do not respond to this type of control, and for this we must incorporate chemical applications into our pest management program.  We strictly follow all government and safety regulations.

We also try to maintain clean growing environments to reduce the spread of disease and pests.


Did you know that CERTIFIED ORGANIC PESTICIDES can be harmful if used incorrectly?

The most important part of using any pest control method is to follow the printed instructions found on the label. Even Neem Oil can be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects if they come into direct contact with it.


If you are concerned about a product you own, bring it to the nursery and we'll help you understand the label.