Arizona – Mesa


Mesa family grows food in swimming pool




MESA, AZ – Do you have an abandoned swimming pool that you just don’t know what to do with? One family in Mesa, Ariz., decided to turn theirs into an organic greenhouse in their backyard.


The family of four started “The Garden Pool” and launched an accompanying website to share the story of how they converted an old empty, unused swimming pool into an oasis in the middle of the desert.


Last October, the ambitious bunch said they had hoped to be self-sufficient by 2012 but have actually already reached their goal.


The greenhouse holds a tilapia pond, hydroponic fruits, veggies and herbs and a chicken coop.


According to the family, it was quite inexpensive and easy to put this self-sufficient urban greenhouse together.


“Our family gets about eight fresh eggs a day, unlimited tilapia fish, organic fruit, veggies and herbs 365 days a year,” according to their website. (see the article here: ABC News Report)

For information on their website, go here: Family of Four Grows Their Food in a Swimming Pool