It was a beautiful and sunny afternoon in Phoenix and there was a palpable excited buzz in the air as guests put on construction hats, sampled hors d'oeuvres from our kitchen and walked through our Urban Farm. It was a day of celebration with several local partners and donors as we officially broke ground on our Urban Farm development.
What was once a dirt lot just a few short years ago, is now a thriving, one-acre urban farm located on our main campus. Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers and SVdP’s farm team, thousands of pounds of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables have been grown using permaculture and natural farm methods. The farm also includes aquaponics and hydroponics systems, that provide tilapia and produce, and a composting program that turns kitchen scraps from around the Valley into soil to grow more food. Once harvested, most of the produce is used in our main kitchen to be cleaned, prepped, cooked and serve in our five dining rooms to those who need it most.
Thanks to generous community support, we are now expanding the Urban Farm and its vision. The groundbreaking opened an exciting new chapter, which will include:
All of these enhancements will not only promote community sustainability, encourage volunteerism and provide educational opportunities, but will ultimately increase production and access to fresh local produce to feed more to those in need in our community.
***Thank you to our partners who are helping to make this development possible, including our principal supporters, Rob and Melani Walton Family Foundation, as well as Arizona Diamondbacks, Logan Simpson Design Inc., McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Sunrise Engineering, Associated Fence & Empire Fence, SPS+Architects, Wright Engineering, Oldcastle, Rainbird, Terracon, and Creative Environments.