How do you transform a food desert into a food oasis? Check out the plans of Cultivate South Phoenix. This neighborhood-based partnership is leasing an 18-acre site from the Roosevelt School District to help transform that area. This incubator farm initiative will provide fresh, affordable produce for the neighborhood and a living wage for small farmers. It represents a holistic approach to promote the wellness of families and children in south Phoenix through affordable access to healthy foods, active living and the healthy roots of their culture.
The project will include a community garden and several larger parcels for farming. Cultivate South Phoenix hopes to achieve a neighborhood-level food system, integrated with arts and educational programming.
Explore this link to see a video that provides a visual overview of this very visionary initiative, https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/spaces-of-opportunity/x/15165714. More news as the project evolves. Thanks to Nic de la Fuente of that group and the Desert Botanical Garden for sharing this story with AZIPL.
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