Welcome to the all new Rogue Rhino Gardens!

We grow the most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables in Arizona, thanks to Mother Nature. All of our products are locally grown and pesticide-free.
In order to harvest good things from the Earth, you first need to nurture the Earth, feed the soil and respect Mother Nature.
We believe that access to fresh, local food is the heart of creating healthy, happy families, communities and planet.


Life is better with fresh, local food from Rogue Rhino Gardens and Buyers Club.

Thank you for making a conscious choice to eat better, as a result you will start to live better!

We believe fresh food that is grown locally, without the use of pesticides is healthier for you, your family and for the Earth. At Rogue Rhino Gardens, we grow food because that is what we love to do! It is our passion and we love working with Mother Nature to prepare, plant and harvest the freshest, most nutrient dense food grown in Arizona. We do it all for you!

As one of our treasured members, you are supporting a vibrant, local food movement in our community. You are buying directly from the gardeners who practice regenerative agriculture and believe in feeding the soil and nurturing the Earth with natural elements and living compost, not chemicals. We plant every seed by hand, tend each crop to ripeness, and harvested by hand, morning of or morning before you receive it.

We will help you discover the meaning of true freshness and eating by the season. It’s not natural to have everything ripe at the same time, that is why Mother Nature gave us spring, summer, winter and fall. Seasons are nature’s way of giving us a reason to eat something different, to keep our diets interesting so that we get a wide variety of the foods our bodies need to stay healthy. When you eat from our gardens, you will see, taste and feel the difference in the produce, you will rediscover the joy of eating delicious food, and you will be healthier.

Thank you also for supporting the heart, soul and mission of Rogue Rhino Gardens and our Buyers Club.

Dear members, the Gilbert Farmers’ Market will be closed on Saturday, December 23rd.

Please choose an alternate pick up location for your GardenBoxes that weekend or please join us in San Tan Valley at the Holiday Farm Stand & Pancake Breakfast from 8 am - 12 pm. I hope to see you there!

Your Gardener,
Mark Rhine

Come enjoy a relaxing breakfast before the Holiday Rush


Rogue Rhino Gardens is excited to announce our very first Holiday Farm Stand & Pancake Breakfast! Join us on Saturday, December 23rd. Get your fresh, garden grown produce for your Holiday celebrations! We have the freshest, locally grown, pesticide-free produce in Arizona. We will also have a variety of our delicious hand harvested beets, carrots, squash, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and our ever popular Rhiba Rhapsody Salad Mix! The Holiday Farm Stand will be open from 8 am - 12 pm.

Bring your friends and come hungry because we will be serving up delicious pancakes, fresh juice and coffee for breakfast from 9 am - 11 am. Our farm & garden tour starts at 10 am, followed by an interesting demonstration on plant sounds and the importance of living soils. There will also be a talk about growing mushrooms in the desert. Members are free and the public is $5 for the tour, pay at the farm stand.

Bring the kids to see our farm animals! We will have a coloring table for them and they can enter our coloring contest as well. Other vendors will be on site for your shopping and browsing pleasure. Winners of the coloring contest will be announced on our website on New Year’s Day.

Anyone who joins Rogue Rhino Gardens Membership will be entered into our drawing for a free GardenBox full of our produce. $50 Value full of Arizona’s freshest, pesticide free produce!! Drawing will be held at noon on Sat, December 23rd.


Thank you!

We are exited to announce that Rogue Rhino Gardens & Buyers Club is now offering our Members the wonderful opportunity to pre-order a Holiday Turkey for their celebrations, special occasions and dinners.

We will be offering Bourbon Red and White Holland Turkeys. These are both American Heritage Breeds. Bourbon Reds have been raised and bred in America since 1800. They are known for their survivability, unique coloring, and exceptional flavor.

The White Hollands have been raised and bred in the US since the early 20th Century, but were replaced with larger and faster growing birds. They are now considered very rare and considered a threatened breed. White Hollands are smaller than Bourbon Reds, and both breeds are smaller than turkeys that are for sale in grocery stores.

These birds will be raised right here in the gardens and will feed on the most nutrient dense, pesticide free produce grown in Arizona. They will be treated with love and will grow up to be happy, healthy, delicious birds.

Pre-order your turkey today for $100.00. This price includes feed, cleaning and dressing. Birds will not be frozen. Sex, weight and breed is not guaranteed. Bourbon Reds are anticipated to be between 14 - 20 pounds dressed weight while the White Hollands are anticipated to be around 9 - 10 lbs dressed weight. Members will be notified when birds are ready for pick up, prior to the holiday.

Limited to 40 birds.

Please note, we work with nature as possible, but cannot issue any refunds in the event of unplanned circumstances resulting in bird death. Thank you for understanding

Hunter’s Moon Party a Howling Success!

A quick note to say thank you to everyone who attend our Hunter’s Moon Party & Harvest Dinner. We had a great turn out! The crows enjoyed all the deliciously prepared food and were very engaged during our special homesteaders panel and garden tour. We plan on adding additional panel members for future events, as the topics discussed really seemed to resonate with the crowd.

Several people commented on how cool the plant sounds demonstration was, isn’t it amazing what we can learn from nature when we stop and listen? We look forward to sharing more demos like this in the future.

Here are a few comments from some of our guests: "The party was a fantastic experience! From the beginning, there were smiles, laughter, and people enjoying each others' company. Then, there was a fantastic tour where everybody learned about making compost tea, heard plants make music (yes, music!), and learned about how Rhiba Farms operates their business. There was also a great panel of business owners who shared how they raise quail, homestead, run a bakery, and market a honey company. Everybody in attendance shared food, gained valuable knowledge, and had a great time!” - Riley Bradley

“It was our first time going to Rogue Rhino Gardens. The Hunter’s Moon Party was really eye-opening. Mark has so much passion and love for growing good food and it shows in everything he does. His tour was very interesting as was seeing all the systems he has in place. We were really impressed and can’t wait for the next event.” - Kendra Branham

Do you have an idea that you would like to be shared during an event or panel? Do you have an idea for a future demonstration? We want to hear about it! Please fill out the contact form here on the website and send us your thoughts. We love hearing from you!

In closing, please check out the short video recap of the party. Look at all those smiling faces!

Thank you all for your support!

Your gardener,


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Rogue Rhino Lecture Series

  • San Tan Valley Library Speakers Series

    I had the honor of speaking at the San Tan Valley Library. See below for a recap of the Gardening in the Desert lecture.

    A special thanks to,

    San Tan Valley Library for inviting me to be apart of the Speaker Series.

    About 25 people attended the event on Wednesday, September 20th to listen to the story behind Rogue Rhino Gardens. People joined us from as far away as Surprise and Chandler. The crowd was a good mixture of people and they had many questions. In fact, they had so many questions, that I was there for about 2 hours! Most were not aware that we are located right here in San Tan Valley and that we produce 1000 lbs. of Arizona’s most nutrient dense, pesticide free food every week.

    If you are interested in booking us for a special event or a gardening talk, please use our contact form and drop us a note.

    Your gardener,

    Mark Rhine

  • Zenlife Pancake Breakfast A Success!

    Many thanks to the Zenlife Community for joining us for breakfast on Saturday, June 10th.

    To our surprise,

    Zenlife donated the entire proceeds right back to the gardens! We were surprised and delighted at this very kind gesture! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! Every little bit helps and these funds will be put to good use helping the gardens grow!

    During the breakfast, a group of about 40 people enjoyed a quiet morning in the shade of our banana trees while savoring the delicious rosemary pancakes cooked up by Melissa and crew from Zenlife. The pancakes were delicious!!

    We also gave them a tour of the gardens, talked about how to care for and grow banana trees in the desert and showed them our grove of 250 banana trees. We also discussed plant sound frequencies and learned how plants communicate with each other, which is fascinating!

    For those of you who do not know, Zenlife is a family owned health and wellness studio located in downtown Queen Creek, just north of Ellsworth and Ocotillo. They offer classes in yoga, mediation, physical fitness and spiritual growth. Other classes and therapies include Reiki, Meditation, Sound Healing, private sessions for Hypnosis, Rapid Eye Technology, Tibetan Bowl and Frequency Healing. They are dedicated to helping you make the connection between physical practice and inner wisdom and spirit.

    If you are looking to try yoga or meditation, please give them a try and let them know we sent you! They are also our newest pick up location and you can choose to pick up your GardenBoxes from them if you wish.

    We sincerely appreciate Zenlife and the Zenlife Community and look forward to future events!

    If you are interested in hosting a Pancake Breakfast or Private Event at the Gardens please contact us today!

  • Sizzling Seniors Breakfast

    I had the pleasure of speaking at the local Sizzling Seniors Breakfast.

    On Friday June 9th,

    I had the pleasure of speaking at the local Sizzling Seniors Breakfast. There were about 25-30 people there from around the San Tan Valley, Queen Creek and Florence area. This group meets monthly and is a great place for seniors to connect and learn something new. The group is open to everyone, you don’t have to be a Senior! They meet every second Friday of the month at the San Tan Valley Veterans Center, which is located at 5764 E Hunt Highway, Florence, AZ 85132. Meetings begin at 9 am.

    During my talk, I shared a video of the buildout of the farm, showing what the property started out like and ending with drone footage of how the property looks now. I got a lot of questions from the crowd, and they were very supportive of my efforts to continue raising the freshest, pesticide free produce in Arizona. I have invited the group to tour the gardens in fall, once it cools down and the blossoms return so that they can see and enjoy the beauty in cooler weather.

    I would like to thank Pam Kavathas, who volunteers her time and organizes these monthly meetings for our seniors in the community! I am thankful for every opportunity to share my passion for growing! If you would like more information about Sizzling Seniors, please contact Pamkavathas@gmail.com. Please let her know we sent you.

    Your Gardener,

    Mark Rhine

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All New Garden Boxes!

Build a Box

Here at Rogue Rhino, we listened to your feedback and designed these boxes with you and your family in mind. Our newest Garden Boxes will fill your kitchen with the freshest, locally grown fruits and vegetables in Arizona. You won’t be able to resist cooking and eating in so that you can enjoy the flavor and freshness of eating from the gardens!

Our new Garden Boxes will allow you to choose what option works best for you, depending on your needs and your family size. In addition, you now have the option for a streamlined ordering experience and get to pick up your fresh produce for free at one of our convenient pickup locations.

Our Build Your Own GardenBox is available daily. Pick and choose items for your own personal harvest of the freshest, most nutrient dense, pesticide free fruits and vegetables grown right here in the gardens. We believe in feeding the soil and working with nature to ensure that we grow the best produce possible without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Step 1) Choose your items

Step 2) Choose your Pickup Location

Pick up at one of our
convenient locations on Thursdays and Saturdays, free of charge.

Introducing the Sharecropper!

Sharecropper GardenBox - Available once per week.
Make shopping for the freshest, locally grown, pesticide free foods fun and easy! Select this option to have a weekly Garden Box of our seasonal produce dropped off at your closest pick up location.

*****Special Note****

The Sharecropper Garden Box will vary from week to week according to what is ripe and ready in our gardens. As always, we hand-harvest and pack with care so that you get the freshest, most delicious foods.

Weekly Subscription. 12 weeks with one box per week, pickup only, at one of our 5 Pickup Locations.

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Is Wheatgrass a Superfood?


Wheatgrass is the sprouted seed, or young sprout, of the wheat plant. It is highly sought after as a micro-green for juicing. It is often drank in shots, as is, or juiced with other fruits and vegetables. We prep it, plant by hand and sprout it right here at the gardens in our specially designed grow room. Wheat berries are soaked and kept at just the right temperature so that they sprout and start to grow. Once the sprouts grow stalks, it starts to look like grass. Wheatgrass is considered a ‘Living Food’ due to its many health benefits.

Our wheatgrass is grown without the use of pesticides. It has a wonderful, strong, grassy, earthy flavor by itself. When juiced with other foods, it gives depth and earthiness that you can’t miss. Wheatgrass is very nutritious and is full of antioxidants that are good for your body. It also has many essential amino acids and has been shown to fight inflammation. It can also boost the immune system and assist your body to fight infections and diseases.

The first use of wheatgrass can be traced back to the Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, over 5000 years ago. These ancient peoples discovered that you could eat young sprouts of grasses. They learned how to successfully cultivate and grow these grasses as well as grains. The young sprouts of the wheat plant became a very important part of their diet. In ancient times, because this new form of food could be successfully grown under the right conditions, wheatgrass became highly regarded for its life giving properties. The health and healing benefits derived from eating the sprouts became legendary and used by healers and civilizations around the world.

According to numerous studies, wheatgrass has health benefits that cannot be ignored. Researchers, doctors, scientists and many other people fighting health issues and diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes, etc attest that introducing wheatgrass into your diet has life altering, positive effects. This evidence goes back thousands of years, and is not just a recent phenomena.

Wheatgrass provides many benefits to our health and bodies that we cannot ignore it. People with modern eating habits are getting sick from toxins that are in or on the foods they eat. Foods that are treated with chemicals, pesticides and ripening agents. In addition, the onslaught of fast food in the American diet has left us with alarming toxicity levels that come from regularly eating heavily processed foods that our bodies cannot eliminate.

We highly recommend adding wheatgrass to your daily regimen for all the above reasons, especially if you are experiencing health issues. It has an amazing history of healing powers that stretch back thousands of years in human time, and was used successfully in many civilizations.

So, yes, wheatgrass, in our opinion and experience is an amazing superfood that deserves respect as a powerful resource for healing the body and living the best life possible. When consumed correctly, wheatgrass might be exactly the boost your immune system needs.

Important Dates

    • Saturday

      Garden Market

      See whats fresh at the Garden Market! Every Saturday, all Summer Long!
      location_on 40792 N Rattlesnake Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 access_time 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • Saturday

        Garden Market

        See whats fresh at the Garden Market! Every Saturday, all Summer Long!
        location_on 40792 N Rattlesnake Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 access_time 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

      An Interview with Lin of TLC Catering

      By Bridgette Crosby

      What kind of dishes will you be preparing at the dinner? Any specialties? We look forward to featuring the amazing produce Rogue Rhino Gardens has to offer… and of course, when Gardener Mark’s there, you can expect Mushrooms, ‘cuz he’s a Fungi!
      2.) If you have a customer who is unfamiliar with fresh, organic produce that you use in your creations, how do you share information about it?  We visit every table through-out the evening and educate all our guests. We also have chefs available with the appetizers, as well as a farm tour by Gardener Mark before dinner seating.
      3.) Is organic, locally grown, pesticide free produce really all that different from produce that is available in the grocery chains? Why or Why not? Absolutely. Fresh is best. I know what ground my produce is grown in and what day it was picked. The greens from Rogue Rhino Gardens can last weeks in the refrigerator, unlike the produce at the grocery stores.
      4.) What do you think is the biggest threat to local food systems right now?  Chains, pricing and uneducated consumers. If people know how filling and healthy nutrient dense food really is, I can only think everyone would hop on board.

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      5.) What led you to become chefs / caterers and what makes your dishes stand apart?  Chef Tom has a background in fine dining, but wasn’t able to interact with the guests on the regular. Catering allows us to see a dish from conceptualization to completion, see the guests enjoy it and even discuss it with them! What a treat for us!
      6.) Why should people come experience the dinner?  No two dinners are ever the same. Great company, entertainment, education and some of the best food in the Valley, what more could you ask for?
      7.) What is your favorite meal to create for people?  Anything that features the bounty Arizona has to offer!
      8.) What is your favorite meal to prepare for yourselves? Anything someone else makes for us.

      Grandpa was a Rogue and so am I

      My Grandfather, My Inspiration

      My grandfather, Peter Danna, was a hardworking man who immigrated to the United States when he was only 8 years old. In 1908, he boarded a ship with his aunt and several cousins and headed towards a new life in America. He was one of thousands of Italian immigrants escaping the ‘Old Country' with dreams of a better life. His mother and father were not with him. After going through Ellis Island, my grandfather survived a childhood in the slums of major cities as they worked themselves West, ending up in the apple orchards in Eastern Washington. 
      As a young man, he learned the 'Old Ways’ of feeding the family. Hunting, fishing and growing your own food. His teachers were pioneers, planters, farmers and courageous souls who lived in the orchards of the Pacific Northwest.  Grandfather was ahead of his time and tree grafting became one of his specialties. 
      In the 1920’s, my grandfather married the love of his life and they moved to Portland, Oregon where they would settle down and start a family. He then went to work for Pioneer Fruit and was there for several years. In the late 1960’s, my grandparents decided to visit the Old Country. They took a train back to New York, boarded a steamship and sailed back to Sicily to visit family. 
      During their visit, he discovered an old fig tree on his family’s property that he had not remembered from his youth.  He took a few cuttings off the tree and a few from the family’s old grape vines. Knowing that federal customs, back in the US would not let him return to the USA with any live plants, his wife Louise slipped the grape cuttings into her wallet and Peter rolled the fig cuttings into his dirty laundry. When they returned to their home in Portland, he successfully grafted both the fig and the grape cuttings into viable plants and trees.
      Later, my grandfather’s notoriety in the Fig tree world blossomed amongst the Portland orchard growers and gardeners. He became very popular when he successfully grafted and rooted the little fig cuttings that would become “Pete’s Honey Fig.” This fig tree is prized nationwide and is hailed as a superior fig by gardeners and orchardists across the country. This tree is named after my grandfather, to celebrate his contributions to horticulture in Oregon and in the US.
      He truly was a great man. He fed our large Sicilian family with his amazing garden, his shotgun and clamming shovel.  The Grandparents would take the boys hunting every Fall for Pheasant. The family structure I grew up in was very traditional, the men hunted, and the women prepared the food. As one of the grandkids, we all worked, and we loved it! Razor clamming is an art form not for the weak. As a child I could read a tide book long before I could even comprehend a schoolbook. We had a special location on the Washington coast that had huge clam beds. Depending on the times of the tides, we were out of bed early in the dark mornings, freezing and wet. Summers on the Washington coast were not what you call swimsuit Summers. As kids we worked.  I was the youngest of the boys, my big brother was the first male born in the family, that’s a big deal in the Sicilian world.  I felt fortunate for my little Sister and Cousin hung with Grandma and they would end up cleaning several hundred clams in a few days. It would take them the whole day after we returned, depending on our catch.  As boys we were taught to respect the ocean for it could take our lives easily if we weren’t paying attention. We would face the ocean with clam shovels as our weapons and buckets as our ammo. We would do this crazy stomping dance in circles to bring the clams up closer to the surface. There was a special technique to get your shovel in the wet sand fast enough to pull out a couple of loads of sand and then drop to your knees and force your hand into the cold wet sand to catch the clam by feel. Remember, this is done in the surf.  It was a race and the clams mostly won. The reason they are called razor clams is that the shells are razor sharp, if you hit your fingers on the shell just right it would slice your fingers in the cold salty ocean, we learned how to cuss in Italian at a very young age, because it happened to all of us, almost every time out, it was like a rite of passage! But if you could feel that shell you knew you had a chance, for if you could pinch the top of the shell it would release the digger foot and you could pull your prize out of the hole, before the next wave hit you! If the clam was too small you had to throw it back into the hole. We were allowed to catch 40 clams a day, for us the men we did not stop until we ALL had our limits plus some. And if the hunt was good, we were told to take our catch up to the cabin, empty our buckets and start over, we only had so much time before the tides would cover the clam beds again. To this day you put a tide book in front of me, I can show you the best times to go clamming, it’s all in the moon. Grandma’s and Grandpa’s goal every Fall was to fill the freezer with Pheasant, Rabbit and Deer then again, every Summer with Razor Clams and canned fruits and vegetables. In the Spring we would head to the Sandy River for the annual Smelt run, we would come home with several hundred pounds of smelt. He shared stories about his life experiences in the Old Country and his past experiences taught to him by his elders.  But we didn’t just listen to gardening stories, we worked in his garden and fruit trees right beside him, for me he was such a blessing. Grandpa’s garden was heaven and each of the families had a garden as well that included apple, fig and nut trees. We could truly feed ourselves from our gardens thanks to Grandpa’s knowledge and passion. 
      And now after all these years, my life has come full circle. As I plant and reap the goodness of the Earth, I honor my grandfather’s spirit and his legacy for his contributions to horticulture and gardening in this wonderful country of ours. Pete’s Honey Figs and my passion for gardening are both testaments to the contributions my grandfather left behind. 
      Thank you for your interest in my inspiration.

      Your Gardener


      Pete’s Honey Fig is a very sweet fig with shiny yellow greenish skin. It has pink, amber-toned flesh when ripe, with an outstanding depth of honey flavor. It is a quality fig that is great eating fresh and does wonderful when dried or canned. 

      This fig variety was originally brought over from Sicily by Peter Danna of Portland, Oregon who grafted and rooted the first cutting, introducing America to a new type of fig. It is considered a superior variety of fig and was named to honor his legacy. 

      Pete’s Honey Figs are good trees for zones 7-11 and will do well when planted next to a wall or in a corner to protect it from wind, fruit ripens with heat. Want to try one? Just ask me for a sample or order some today! 

      Otto Warburg, Nobel Laureate, and the importance of going pesticide-free

      By Bridgette Crosby

      In 1931, scientist and doctor Otto Warburg was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology, for his discovery that one of the main causes of cancer is the acidification in the systems of the human body. If our bodies don’t get the proper nutrition levels and if we are eating enough ‘living ingredients’ like we get directly through fresh vegetables, fruits and greens, then our bodies don’t get enough nutrients, proteins, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes and fibre to digest, nourish and cleanse our cells.

      When our cells retain buildup, the buildup becomes toxic and acidification begins. We start losing the ability to digest food properly, which in turn, affects every other system in the body. Our organs stop functioning properly, our body starts to age, cell function slows. When the cell functions slow, they cannot clean themselves and get rid of toxins. The toxins build up and the body becomes too acidified. Acidification changes the alkaline levels in the body and cancer cells are kick-started to start dividing, growing, multiplying.

      Warburg’s scientific studies revealed that cancer is caused by chemicals that damage the mitochondria in cells, leaving cells unable to properly function, by expelling toxins and poisons. Once that process starts, the body is already in a danger zone. Warburg’s studies were so startling that he refused to eat any produce or food that had been treated with pesticides or other chemicals. He bought land and grew all of his own produce, creating one of the first organic farms, refused to drink milk from cows treated with chemicals and would only consume pesticide-free grains.

      Ahead of his time by at least a century, Warburg’s research was largely ignored. However, more and more evidence and research is finding his studies of profound importance to cancer research and fighting cancer. Research methods are more advanced now, but Warburg’s findings are still very important in understanding the effects of chemicals on the human body.

      Warburg believed that cancer was indeed caused by chemicals that damaged the mitochondria within the body’s cells, and that cancer was directly caused by the cell’s inability to cleanse, heal and remove the toxins. In addition, his experiments revealed that cancer cells fueled their growth by seeking out and feeding on glucose in the blood, wrecking all in it’s path in order to obtain more and more glucose, all without oxygen. Further tests on animals and human cancers revealed the fact that cancer cells are indeed fueled by glucose. Cancer cells will actively seek out huge amounts of glucose in the blood stream in order to grow, but do not need any oxygen to consume the glucose. This discovery is called ‘The Warburg Effect’ and even today, when treating cancer, PET scans are used to show areas of the body where cells are consuming glucose at a rapid rate. The more glucose a tumor consumes, the worse the patient’s prognosis is.

      So, for your own health, and health of your family, pay attention to the foods you consume and put into your body. Do you know where the food was grown, or if it was treated with any chemicals? Do you know how many chemicals or what chemicals? Being knowledgeable about the foods you eat can have a huge impact on your life. Are you fueling life, or fueling death?

      "Cancer, above all other diseases, has countless secondary causes. But, even for cancer, there is only one prime cause. Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar."

      — Otto H. Warburg

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