Located near the corner of Indian School Road and Central Avenue (across from NATIVE HEALTH), The NATIVE HEALTH Community Garden will promote health and wellness, and allow NATIVE HEALTH to focus on its role of creating healthier families and environment with the community. NATIVE HEALTH will use the garden to educate, mentor and support community gardeners as they plant, maintain and harvest. The community gardens' overall goal is to help families and community members have access to healthier foods through small gardening.
NATIVE HEALTH collaborted with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton's office and PHX Renews to launch the community garden. Arizona-based Native Seeds/SEARCH—a non-profit organization that promotes seed conservation—donated seeds for the first crop of gardeners. Gardeners will participate in ongoing workshops and hands-on learning experiences sponsored by NATIVE HEALTH. At the end of the spring growing season, NATIVE HEALTH plans to host a harvest celebration for gardeners to enjoy healthy foods made from the harvest and to share stories.
Garden beds were made available to community members on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gardeners who signed up received lumber and soil that they used to build their own raised beds. A gravel path links the more than 30 raised beds, and a soon-to-be-built ramada will provide shade to gardners as well as visitors. A nearby water source allows gardeners to easily tend their plots.
The Community Garden is open daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. We kindly ask gardeners to:
- Stay on designated walking and driving paths
- Respect other gardeners plants/gardens
- Respect other gardeners’ tools and supplies. If you borrow, please kindly return to owners.
- Help maintain grounds to keep Native Health Community Garden Beautiful and presentable. Do not leave trash behind.
- Garden hoses must not be removed from water tanks and used with other tanks.
- Please roll up garden hoses and neatly place by water tanks when done with watering raised bed, to prevent other gardeners or visitors from driving and/or walk over the hoses.
Anyone interested in receiving more information may contact Evelina Maho, NATIVE HEALTH Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Division Director at (602) 279-5262, ext. 3313 or email: Emaho@nachci.com