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Vacant Phoenix lot transformed into garden

Hundreds of trees have been moved into a 15-acre vacant lot at Central and Indian School next to Steele Indian School Park and a future food garden land has been tilled up for Phoenix Renews.

Jim Burke with the city of Phoenix said the project is a partnership between Keep Phoenix Beautiful and property owner Barron Collier Companies.

“We’d like to export this idea to other vacant lots in the city to make them interesting and viable in the short term.”

The project is short term because the end goal is to attract redevelopment in the future.

The urban community farm will be used to support non-profits, communities and Valley refugees. The land will also be used to teach children about gardening and recycling along with energy and water use.

The plan also includes therapy gardens for autistic children and our veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The project is the largest transformation of vacant land in the country.