The Seeds That Grew Chandler and the East Valley

  • February 17, 2018
  • Location: 4930 W. Ray Road, Chandler Sunset Library, AZ
  • Phone: (480) 782-2717
  • Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Price: Free
If it weren't for the seed industry there wouldn't be a city of Chandler. Chandler Museum Curator of Collections Nate Meyers digs into this curious statement, exploring how Chandler's roots grew from the seed of the Michigan-based Ferry Seed Company's quest to cultivate drought resistant alfalfa in Arizona. Town founder Dr. Alexander J. Chandler arrived in Arizona in 1887 on a mission to acquire land for the seed company to grow alfalfa. Soon an agricultural empire of alfalfa, cotton, sugar beets, citrus, and more blossomed in the desert, revolutionizing the agricultural industry and laying the groundwork for the modern city we call home today. This program is part of Sunset Library's Spring Seed Swap event. Photo courtesy of ChandlerpediA.
The Seeds That Grew Chandler and the East Valley