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Community Desert Garden, Phoenix
Community Desert Garden, Phoenix
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420 West Watkins Street, Phoenix, , AZ, US
Climate zone:
Hot Desert

Elizabeth Goodman George Fulton João Gonçalves John Marsing Karl Duffie
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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 Societyof St.Vincent de Paul (hereafter abbreviated to St.VdP) where a communitygarden project started about 6 months previously on their Human Services Campusat 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 oftheir activities they have several community garden projects. Community gardenprojects can principally contribute to feeding, but to some extent to healingand rehabilitating.

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

The project site is a disused car park to the north ofthe St Vincent de Paul human campus at Watkin’s Street, which includes amedical services, clothing distribution, sanitary facilities, a thrift store afood 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 therewas interest in developing the site according to a Permaculture design.

300 design hours later and my Permaculture solution was delivered.


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