Wind Spirit is a one of a kind landscape with over a 1000 organic fruit, nut and native trees which are planted very close together, truly an oasis within the Sonoran desert See the Gardens page for some photos and description of vegetation on the land.
Our land is located within the Arizona uplands division of the Sonoran desert. This division has the most rainfall and plant life of any desert in North America and is one of the most scenic and wettest deserts in the world! We get anywhere from 6-13+ inches of rain annually. Wind Spirit is on a south-facing plot of land that is located at 2750 feet in elevation, which is a near perfect climate in the desert southwest for growing fruit and nut trees and some year round gardening. In the winter we have citrus, olives, and many vegetables from the gardens. In the spring we get peaches, loquats, carob, mulberries, and still more citrus. In the summer we have many stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines, apples, cherries, and others such as guavas, almonds, mulberries, grapes, figs, and more. In the fall we have more figs, peaches, pears, pomegranates, and walnuts. We have different types of many of the fruit, which are ready for harvest at different times. This creates a constant year round harvest from the land!
Wind Spirit has a 300-foot increase in elevation with our back canyon peaks; these create a beautiful overview of the valley below and mountains in the distance. The land has a near perfect permaculture slope grade to use for water catchments with some hills and canyons in the back part of our property. Our water quality is very good, tastes wonderful. We have a high-powered well and irrigation system that feed all the trees, gardens, and human needs. Our hope is to get a solar well put in before 2012.
Wind Spirit is located in a narrow valley surrounded by three beautiful mountain ranges. The mountains range in elevation from 4,400-8,000 feet in elevation. Most of this area is BLM, State Land Trust, or National Forest, which is great for taking hikes and camping trips. The area around Wind Spirit has some of the most diversified native plant life in Arizona, with all the elevation change in such close proximity. The San Carlos Apache Indian Lands begin just three miles away from the land to the east. The tribe's land encompasses 1,826,541 acres and has 10,000 members. The San Carlos people raise cattle, mine gemstones and provide recreational spots in the area. The Apache were known to eat over 1100 different edible plants in the region. It is said that there are more varieties of edible plants in Arizona than in the forests of the Northwestern United States! The Gila River (which is one of the great rivers of the southwest) is about 8 miles down the road. The river has small rapids and can be used for kayaking, swimming, canoeing, or tubing.
Our temperatures have wide range from summer to winter. Arizona is for people who love the sun and warm weather. During summer the temperatures can reach highs in the 100ís usually 45-70 days a year. The warm weather begins in Mid-may and last until mid-October. We get monsoon rains in the summer cool things down and is our second rainy season. There are lots of fruit during these months and the land is under a blanket of shade in many areas. We also have a 24ft pool to cool off in with water treated with colloidal silver, colloidal copper and very little chlorine. Several of the members think the summer time is the nicest time of the year with near perfect temperature in the morning and evenings.
The fall can have mixed weather. Usually we get some rain in October-December. The first frost usually occurs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The days can be quite warm in the 80ís to somewhat chilly in the 50ís. Winter usually only last about two or three months. There are still many nice days of full sun and the weather is usually between 45-80 degrees during the day and between 30-45 degrees at night. Winter is another rainy season for the southwest. The spring is one of the nicest times of the year in Arizona. It is usually the driest season, but the most perfect weather. Most of the days are between 65-95 degrees. If there were good winter rains the wildflowers in the desert are absolutely amazing. In early spring all the trees are flowering, covering the land with an array of beauty and wonderful scents.
Wind Spirit has almost all of the native animals and insects that live in the Sonoran desert. Many of the animals, reptiles, and insects hibernate from late fall to mid-spring. We do have many kinds of snakes, scorpions, tarantulas and other spiders, gila monsters, coyotes, foxes, skunks, rabbits, deer, lizards, toads, desert turtles, havalinas (wild pigs), and many more. Our land is a bird sanctuary due to the abundance of plant life at Wind Spirit. Many bird watchers have come to our land and commented on the unusually diverse population of birds that live here with us. We also have owls, hawks, ravens, buzzards, crows, cardinals, and orioles to name just a few.