Its a mix of all my passions: farming, food, art, music, education, sustainability, self-sufficiency, and entertainment.
Richard Melikian of the Historic Hotel San Carlos gave me two empty blighted lots in the Garfield Arts District of downtown Phoenix, a minutes walk from ASU, to turn into an urban farm and sustainable technology showcase. I want people to be able to witness many different urban agricultural techniques and sustainable technologies in action, and take classes on them too, all while local artists and musicians perform for us.
As a farmer I have to know many different trades: plumbing, electrical, irrigation, welding, mechanics, concrete, masonry, how to operate machinery and drive tractors, among many others. I plan to hire local youth (18-25 who have a 40% unemployment rate right now) and train them in whatever skills they like, and find the hard workers jobs on some of my friends' farms.
Amphitheater will be for cooking classes, public speaking, skits and plays, live performances of musicians and artists. I have already built the structure of the place and the amphitheater is done, have an amazing irrigation system, looking for fencing, gardens are ready to plant, and i have 30 fruit trees ready to plant. As soon as a fence goes in I can fire the spot up. March 8 was our first tree planting ceremony and media event where Representative Debbie McCune Davis of Arizona planted our first tree. March 31 is our deadline to be fully opened. The funds will be used to produce a local gardening and cooking show, while featuring live performances of local artists and musicians during it. DIY videos of trades and skills I listed above. Would also use the money commission murals for the fencing. There will be 900 linear feet of fencing for murals. Might be the most murals in one place in Phoenix once finished. Friends will be teaching mural classes for kids. Richard Melikian of the Hotel San Carlos put up the land, Valley Leadership was the catalyst that turned this from a two year dream to reality, Sprinkler World "kickstarted" us an irrigation system, Baker's Nursery the trees, Superstition Farms the manure, Living Trees the mulch, Reuter Equipment the tractor, Shamrock and United Towing for bringing the tractor, and last but definitely not least the City of Phoenix for making the permits happen and for supporting the idea