The Issue: Neighborhoods Existing in Food Desert
South Phoenix is home to several “food deserts,” according to a 2012 report from the Arizona Republic. Food deserts are areas where at least 20% of residents live in poverty and live more than 1 mile from a market or grocery store with fresh produce. When families do not have access to healthy fruit and vegetables, they often turn to processed and packaged food to fill that void.
The Campaign: Building Raised Beds in a Community Garden
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Community Tire Salsa Garden can build one raised garden bed. Each additional $500 raised will fund another raised garden bed.
The community garden will ensure there are fresh vegetables in the neighborhood, as well as host events and projects such as lessons on gardening and healthy cooking. Neighbors will be encouraged to help water and care for the plants, earning a certain number of pounds of vegetables for each hour they volunteer. The garden groundbreaking ceremony will take place on October 26.
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Community Tire Salsa Garden
Sponsored by Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair, the Community Tire Salsa Garden aims to revitalize the neighborhood in which the auto company does business. The garden will blossom throughout two vacant lots across from the company’s store. It is designed to reflect both the tire industry from which it takes its name and the green space the community needs in order to thrive. Community members will be able to help tend to vegetables and bring home produce from the garden. Additionally, artists will create items out of repurposed tires as creative focal points that represent the garden's sponsor and its belief in recycling and repurposing. Local families will also have access to classes on cooking and gardening to help encourage healthy eating.