Spaces of Opportunity

South Phoenix Community Farm & Garden

Desert Botanical Garden in partnership with Roosevelt Elementary School District and Cultivate South Phoenix are developing a community farm and garden in south Phoenix that will transform an 18-acre piece of land from a food desert to a food oasis. Spaces of Opportunity’s mission is to enable all families in south Phoenix to have affordable access to healthy food, active living and healthy roots of their cultures. 

With 18-acres of land leased from the Roosevelt Elementary School District, Spaces is engineering a comprehensive, neighborhood-level food system where gardeners, farmers and farm workers are celebrated as artisans. Together with our partners, we are transforming a food desert to food oasis through the coordination of a 10-acre incubator farm, family gardens and the development of an on-site farmer’s market.

 

 

Areas of Work

Incubator Farm Program

Community Gardening

Our Harvest/Nuestra CosechaDid you know? Our Harvest/Nuestra Cosecha will be the first farmer's market in south Phoenix to provide affordable, healthy food choices grown by and for the community.

Spaces is proud to offer weekly fresh food baskets of seasonal produce grown naturally with no chemicals, by community farmers. Our Harvest/Nuestra Cosecha is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. When you sign up, you're purchasing a “share” of fresh, healthy food from South Phoenix farmers. Each weekly share consists of fresh vegetables and/or fruit, with other local products occasionally included. 

Cost is $25 a week for a full growing season of 23 weeks that runs from the third week of January to the end of June. A weekly share will typically include lettuce and at least one variety of seasonal greens, two to three vegetables, herbs and fruit when possible.

A share includes 9 to 10 items intended to feed 2 to 4 people weekly. Shares must be picked up on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market at Spaces located at West Vineyard Road and 15th Avenue.



Volunteer 

Be part of Spaces. Join us every second Saturday at Spaces for Community Work Days lead by Tiger Mountain Foundation

Spaces needs volunteers to help on the farm, at the farmers’ market and with administrative tasks. If you are interested, please contact Nicolas de la Fuente at: nfuente@dbg.org or at (480) 309 3481.

Partners

          

Spaces is supported by: 

Artplace America
Cigna
Newman’s Own Foundation
NEA: Our Town 
Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
Starbucks
The Steele Foundation
USDA Local Food Promotion Program
Vitalyst Health Foundation

Design Team

Contact

12th Avenue and Vineyard
General Inquiries: Nicolas de la Fuente, nfuente@dbg.org or 480 309.3481
Farming Inquiries: John Wann, info@orchardlearningcenter.org
Community Garden Inquiries: Darren Chapman, dchapman836@msn.com or Bruce Babcock, bruce.babcock@tigermountainfoundation.org