We had the good fortune of connecting with Kiana Muñoz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kiana, what matters most to you?
The whole reason YellowBird Farm was created was to honor my family and keep our traditions alive. We value family, culture, tradition, sustainability and community. It all started when my great grandmother passed. She thoughtfully planted citrus trees and a beautiful native landscape. I saw the plants start to decline and knew I couldn’t stand by as they wilted away. My mother, Nani and I started to care for them and bring them back to life. One year we had a plethora of citrus for the first time in a couple years. Coincidentally there was a farmers market that opened up close by. I wanted to offer our organically grown citrus to our community and YellowBird grew from there.
When the citrus season was over I wanted to continue offering our community local goods from our garden. That was when I came up with the idea to start potting up our garden grown plants and making seed packets from the seeds we harvested from our flowers.
While we have grown into providing hydroponic houseplants, potted plants, hand painted catchall trays and even special occasion gift boxes, we still tie everything back to the garden, Aurora, my great grandmother started.
YellowBird Farm has grown in amazing ways but still keeps its roots in the garden.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love to dabble in different creative mediums. Gardening may not seem like a creative medium, but think about two different florists, they can use the same exact flowers but their arrangements will always be different. When I put together a plant and pot combination, I choose a pot or planter from my vast collection that I have curated over the years, and then I pair the perfect plant with the perfect pot. My favorite is creating succulent arrangements, such as our Christmas in Arizona arrangement. It includes a combination of cactus, succulents and mini glittery Christmas trees. I am able to be free and create art. YellowBird Farm also has hand painted catchall trays and plant stakes that are hand painted by me. Painting has always been a creative outlet of mine, so I wanted to find a way to incorporate that into YellowBird. Catchall trays can be used as a plant saucer, although they are mainly used for jewelry and trinkets. The plants stakes are great because you stick them in your potted plant for a pop of color and added decor.
I always say the thing that sets YellowBird Farm apart from others is that we grow everything here in our garden. Most people may not know, that local nurseries have plants that are grown elsewhere which is great and is another option. We pride ourselves in growing everything by seed or from our own plants, we watch them grow for months to years and then when they are ready we dig them up, pot them, and deliver them to you. Of course it is a slow process but it is so rewarding being able to watch them grow and be able to educate others on how to care for them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ooo such a great question!
Whenever I meet people who are from out-of-town I tell them all my favorite spots to visit!
Let’s say they just got off their flight, its super late, but they are starving. I’d immediately take them to Mi Nidito. Mi Nidito is a local family owned restaurant that has been thriving since it first opened its doors in 1952. They are open late and have the best authentic Mexican food in Tucson. The next morning I would take them to my favorite coffee spot, Barista del Barrio on Speedway and Grande. They are a local female owned coffee shop that has the best sweet cinnamon iced tea and blended coffee drinks. The owner and her two children are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. Ariana, the daughter, remembers everyones names and orders! Next we are stopping by La Chaiteria for some yummy Latin inspired vegan food, we would definitely get the Cubano tacos (yum!). We would then drive down Congress and shop at the Mercado San Augustin and MSA Annex, they have unique local shops with great souvenirs!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, I have to recognize my great-grandmother who started our garden, without her YellowBird Farm wouldn’t be here today. I also have to recognize my mom and Nani who help take care of the garden day in and day out, growing plants is a slow process and takes patience and love. They continuously put love and care into all they do and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without them!
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