Community Desert Garden, Phoenix
Community Desert Garden, Phoenix
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Commenced:
01/12/2013
Submitted:
11/05/2014
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
420 West Watkins Street, Phoenix, , AZ, US
Climate zone:
Hot Desert





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Elizabeth Goodman George Fulton João Gonçalves
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Community Desert Garden, Phoenix

Project Type

Urban, Philanthropic aid, Educational

Project Summary

The site is about 0.7 hectares in an urban/industrial environment next to a Motorway. The plot is a disused unpaved parking lot and truck delivery area to a warehouse in an industrial zone. It has a maximum slope of 1 degree. Water comes from the city water mains. Loam soil but with less than 1% organic matter. Hot low lying desert with an average of 12 cm rain per year. Yearly haboobs.

Project Description

... with text and drawings, can be downloaded here
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This project is being implemented on a site belonging to the Society of St.Vincent de Paul (hereafter abbreviated to St.VdP) where a community garden project started about 6 months previously on their Human Services Campus at 420 West Watkins Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

St.VdP aims to feed, cloth, house and heal the homeless or those living in poverty and as part of their activities they have several community garden projects. Community garden projects can principally contribute to feeding, but to some extent to healing and rehabilitating.

Permaculture’s ethic of caring for the people meshes well with St.VdP’s aims

The project site is a disused car park to the north of the St Vincent de Paul human campus at Watkin’s Street, which includes a medical services, clothing distribution, sanitary facilities, a thrift store a food hall and industrial kitchen.

After volunteering one morning, I felt that my skills would be more use to the development of the garden as a Permaculture designer rather than preparing planting beds. I offered to do a design if there was interest in developing the site according to a Permaculture design.

300 design hours later and my Permaculture solution was delivered. Implementation has begun.

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