Indigenous Wellness Garden

NATIVE HEALTH is partnering with KeepPhoenixBeautiful (KPB) and Agave Farms for its nationally acclaimed urban Indian community gardens.

The NATIVE HEALTH Indigenous Wellness Gardens are a nationally acclaimed urban Indian community garden, and provides tools and resources for garden novices and experts alike.  The two gardens provided community members over 1500 pounds of produce, including Apache giant squash, Diné blue corn, Tohono Oʼodham melons, squash variety, and much more! Over 40 families are active in community work days, workshops, and monthly cleanups.

Traditional Garden

The Traditional Garden is located within the KeepPhoenixBeautiful (KPB) Garden at Pierson Street – 1822 West Pierson Street in Phoenix. The Traditional Gardens uses traditional Pima flood irrigation and Zuni waffle beds for growing corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers, sugar cane, watermelons, medicinal and useful plants including wolfberries, desert lavender, and brittlebush. Community Work Days are on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Please park in the Park and Ride just north of the Garden and enter through the KeepPhoenixBeautiful gate.

The Community Garden

The Community Garden is located within Agave Farms, 4300 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. We have a Community Work Day to plant, tend, and harvest in the garden, we also have an educational workshop on gardening or cooking. Garden plots are available in 10, 20, 40 or 80 foot sections. No fee required. Community Work Day on the fourth Saturday of each month. Please note garden work days are from 7-10 AM from May-September due to the heat.

For more information email Melissa Peeples, NATIVE HEALTH Garden Coordinator at mkpeeples@nachci.com or call Kayla White at 602-279-5262, ext. 3308.

 
Wellness Warriors At-Home Garden Warrior

Are you interested in growing fresh, healthy produce at home? As an At-Home Garden Warrior we will provide you with a garden kits and information to start growing food at home. At-Home Garden Warriors Program is limited to 50 individuals/families. NATIVE HEALTH At-Home Garden kits will include:

  • 5 gallon SmartPot with soil (enough space to grow several types of leafy greens, herbs, and roots during winter season or large enough for tomato or chile during spring)
  • Plants – mix of herbs like cilantro, sage, or mint and leafy greens like lettuce or kale
  • Seeds – mix of radish, carrot, beets, and spinach
  • Planting and harvesting information to help you grow.

Sign up if:

  • You are AI/AN
  • Reside in Maricopa County
  • Are able to pick up your garden kit from either the NATIVE HEALTH Traditional Garden or the Mesa Clinic (Kits will be available starting Nov. 5th)
  • Are able to provide water and six hours of sunshine to your garden
  • Provide a monthly update questionnaire about your gardening experience

For more information call (602) 279-5262, ext. 3314 or email: atso@nachci.com

Fall Seed Bundles

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Seasons are changing and it is time for Fall gardening. Gardening is a great way not only to incorporate fresh healthy food into your diet but to get outside to exercise and connect with the earth. NATIVE HEALTH’s Indigenous Wellness Program is offering cool season seed bundles, while supplies last. Participants must provide a mailing address in Maricopa County.

Seeds will be mailed in September with planting instructions and include at least 5 seed varieties of carrots, peas, lettuce, cilantro, or other leafy greens, herbs, or root crops appropriate to plant in October in the Phoenix area. Participants are encouraged to follow along with weekly garden videos and ask your garden related questions.

Funding provided by Building Resiliency and Action to Nurture Community Health (BRANCH) through the Urban Indian Health Institute.