Caption:A volunteer helps plant a garden at a Phoenix public housing complex.
The City of Phoenix, in partnership with HandsOn Greater Phoenix and the Valley Permaculture Alliance, is recruiting volunteers to help activate dormant property, courtyards and land in three public housing facilities into vibrant garden spaces which will provide a healthy source of food for many low-income residents.
Combined with educational courses in cooking and nutrition curriculum provided by Phoenix Children's Hospital, this initiative contributes to Mayor Greg Stanton’s push for the healthy well-being of Phoenix residents.
The Let's Grow Phoenix Gardens sites are:
- Sidney P. Osborn Apartment Community
- Washington Manor Senior Housing
- Maryvale Parkway Terrace Senior Housing
About Let's Grow Phoenix Gardens
According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study, nearly 14 percent of Arizonans live in a “food desert,” a low-income area with low access to a grocery store, exceeding the national average of 4.8 percent. Combining geographic and monetary restrictions of this nature are dangerous as they limit residents’ ability to access healthy foods, resulting in negative health consequences such as childhood obesity, diabetes, and other food-related diseases caused by poor diets.
In October 2012, the City of Phoenix accepted a $100,000 grant from Cities of Service to implement Let's Grow Phoenix Gardens to address the lack of access to healthy foods for residents in public housing communities. Combining this commitment with the city's passion for volunteerism and civic engagement, the city of Phoenix strives to create a more vibrant community for all.
Volunteer registration is managed by our lead partner, HandsOn Greater Phoenix. For information on this and additional volunteer opportunities with HandsOn Greater Phoenix, please visit their website.