SVDP Community Reach Garden and Revitalization Project
A CALL TO ARTISTS!!
I am excited and blessed to be a part of such an awesome community oriented project that I am committed to for the long term the Saint Vincent De Paul does soooo much for people in need, the impact of what they do would be an immeasurable loss if they were absent from our communities……
A few facts about the SVDP:
SVDP is a strictly volunteer based organization, aside from a few administration positions and security everyone including Doctors and Dentists are all volunteers.
.96 cents of every dollar donated is put right back into the community. This is done through SVDP’s extensive food bank, homeless services, & the over $36 million dollars in medical and dental services provided to uninsured members of the local community.
They Need our HELP….Times are rough….even rougher on organizations such SVDP who are struggling to fulfill an ever growing need. Recently the SVDP was awarded a grant to start a community garden & orchard ….Thanks to your votes……
Now all we need is volunteers to help make the dream a reality…..it will go no where with out our effort.
Goals and Scheduling
This project consists of restoring a previously structured area of unused property at the St Vincent De Paul Main Warehouse located at 5th avenue and Watkins in Phoenix Arizona.
The goal is to bring life to a blighted area using sustainable, organic, environmentally safe proven methods, creating a supplemental seasonal, organic food supply for the kitchen of SVDP.
Requirements for Success;
1) Complete restoration of the farming area in question via soil enhancement; even though Phoenix was once noting but an agricultural boom land, the soil has been paved and used a a storage area from what I can tell. It appears to have had two structures and I think they were for storage so trucks have been driving often over the soil so it is quite compact. Luckily the SVPD has a tractor with farming till and this part of the project is going quite well. We have found a local dairy that is more than willing to supply us with manure so that is getting us good quality fertilizer to incorporate into the soil via the tractor.
2) Beautification of the structures and landscape of the surrounding area; we have a large brick shed and a rather long wall surrounding the garden that needs a fresh coat of paint. This is an area that would be great for incorporating the local communities. Reaching out to the artists in town, churches and environmental groups; hit the colleges for student organizational for help. This part of the project is just catching steam but seems to be moving forward.
3) Creating a sustainable, healthy, organic and environmentally friendly supplemental food source; We have most of the tools we need to begin this process. We have acquired ten composting bins from a very generous donation of an employee at the city of Phoenix waste disposal plant. These composts are made from used waste collection bins and are a proven method for composting organic waste for reuse. We also have a complete guide giving proven local organic farming methods that if followed will provide a low cost effective and positive impact on the local area.
List of needed materials:
1) SOIL, SOIL, SOIL; potting that is.
2) Wire mesh for covering the bottom and side of the compost bins; this is needed to keep the rats out of our efforts.
3) Paint, we need a natural fat color for the base coat of the wall and storage shed along with the application materials; rollers polls and things of that nature.
4) SEEDS; can’t say enough about that. We can store anything we can’t immediately use so the more the better. I once heard “It is better to have and not want than to want and not have”. We need all varieties from herbal for natural pest control to vegetables for all seasons. We will also require a fair set of flowering ornamentals that will attract are good friends the bees for pollination of the entire garden!
5) Did I mention SOIL! Please of course.
If you have donations, are looking to volunteer, or need a donation letter so you may solicit donations please contact Philip Robertson or Myself: