We need your Backer Support to raise at least $5,500 to help us install the critical water systems needed to open our Community Garden in Glendale, Arizona -- which will benefit local area inner-city children and their families. Any more from $6,500-$7,500 will be used to enhance the basic water system installations with improvements and upgrades.
PROJECT UPDATE: THANK YOU KINDLY to every Backer who has stepped up to help us install the water systems in our new Community Garden in Glendale, Arizona. We appreciate your support immensely, and express our "thanks" on behalf of all the inner-city kids who will benefit from this garden. Ongoing project updates on our Community Garden will be posted periodically on our website at heartforthecityaz.org, as well as via Kickstarter Project Updates.
In our Community Garden we will have numerous plots where we can teach young people practical gardening skills! This will occur via our after-school programs led by our Master Gardeners, where we teach kids basic gardening skills -- skills that children today are no longer taught in school or life!
Plots will be available for participating individuals, families, and schools. It will also be a Community Garden to teach kids lessons for living, like the "laws" of sowing and reaping -- in addition to equipping young people with the know how to grow food for their own sustenance.
Finally, we believe that we will be able to help them develop an appreciation and a taste for organically-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, based on the idea that, "If you grow a sprout, you'll likely eat a sprout."
"Why try to explain miracles to kids when you can just help them plant a garden?" - Robert Brault
This new Community Garden will give inner-city kids something healthy and productive to do after school, as they learn gardening skills taught by our Master Gardeners, Mike and Tony!
Our Garden will also feature a gazebo where we can teach kids as we work alongside of them in the community garden.
Under the direction of Jennifer Beasley, Institute for Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach, the Community Garden is scheduled to open at the corner of 69th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, in October 2014.
If you would like to help us help kids, then assist us in bringing this Community Garden to life! We are in need of $10,000 or MORE in Backing to cover the costs of installing the essential utilities for proper irrigation and watering.
Some of the BACKER BENEFITS you will RECEIVE include:
A. Your NAME on Our Community Garden Mural
This incredible wall of colorful fun painted by kids will also have your name included on it to show your generous support of our Community Garden!
B. Have a Happy Halloween at Our Pumpkin Patch Pick-up
Bring along your kids and family in October to select fresh pumpkins from our Pumpkin Patch to use for making delicious pumpkins pies, or Jack-O-lanterns to spice up your Halloween! We'll provide certificates you can redeem or transfer to another family as gifts.
C. Take Home a Full Basket of Fresh Fall Produce!
Come to the Garden during Fall Harvest -- BRING YOUR KIDS -- and pick your own Basket Full of fresh, organically grown produce. Choose what you and they like BEST, take it home to enjoy, and let your family SAVOR good food, right out of the garden. We'll provide certificates you can redeem or transfer to another family as gifts.
D. Get our eBook -- Best Tips for Successful Gardening in Arizona by Master Gardeners Mike and Tony
Pick up a whole lots of tips and techniques in this eBook full of practical advice by the Master Gardeners who will be running our Community Garden. Choose .epub for your iPad/Tablet, or ..mobi for your Kindle! Ready in the Spring of 2015.
E. After-school Gardening for Your Kids (and Kids at Heart), led by our Master Gardeners, Mike and Tony.
Enjoy spending quality time with your children as you participate with them in our after-school gardening activities meant to teach kids and adults all about gardening, growing fresh food, enjoying God's earth and living life to the fullest! Select 2 or 4 Sessions in the Fall of 2014 or Spring of 2015 that you can attend with your children, or transfer to another family with kids!
F. Hands-on Gardening Classes for adults led by our Master Gardeners, Mike and Tony.
Choose the # and classes you prefer, or attend all 6 workshops, to get specific hands-on training and practical instruction in organic gardening techniques in the deserts of Arizona! Get tickets to redeem or give as gifts to others! These classes start in the Fall of 2014.
Class 1 = Soil Preparation for Raised Beds in Your Yard
Class 2 = Drip Irrigation Basics for Your Desert Yard & Garden
Class 3 = Seasonal & Companion Planting Tips for Arizona Gardeners
Class 4 = Our Best Potted Planting Tips and Techniques
Class 5 = How to Grow Healthy, Organic Produce without Chemicals
Class 6 = Introduction to Native Plants of Arizona
G. At-Home Gardening Consultations:
How to Build a Boxed Garden in Your Backyard!
Includes 3 Visits to Your Home by our Master Gardener & Crew for Phoenix Valley Residents:
Consultation Visit #1: Get a Pre-Consultation - Our Master Gardener will personally visit your home to scout out the best seasonal locations in your backyard for your boxed garden, provide expert recommendations on picking seasonal seeds and transplants and fertilizer, and give practical instructions on leveling your garden site.
Consultation Visit #2 (one week later): Setting up your garden beds. This includes home delivery and setup of your personal pre-built 4 x 4 boxed garden by our Master gardener and crew (and option to join the fun). They'll also perform final leveling of your garden site, soil and watering system installation (option to purchase timer), along with instructions on how to prepare your soil for planting. Give about one month for your beds to fully mature.
Consultation Visit #3 (five-six weeks later): Planting! Join the Master Gardner for hands on instructions on planting your backyard garden, tips on taking care of your boxed garden bed, watering advice and ways to avoid frost or heat damage.
Consultations start in December 2014, for the Spring Planting season, or July 2015, for the Fall planting season.
H. Tickets to our 1st Annual Outdoor Fall Garden Party Gala.
Join us for a fabulous outdoor dinner experience in October -- our 1st Annual Garden Party GALA -- where we will team up with a talented local chef who'll prepare a meal to remember using fresh, organic, sustainable ingredients from our Community Garden. We want to awaken your palettes to healthy and nutritious food, and empower YOU to make better food choices to improve your health and the health of the planet. The evening will include the full experience - watching and learning to prepare a delicious healthy dinner, enjoying eating fresh and dining outdoors, and relaxing with inspirational table conversation, and so much more!
On one side of the garden our young people will beautify an existing block wall by decorating it with a beautiful mural.
Heart for the City is all about offering young kids a chance to learn life principles, creating a greater vision for the life ahead of them, and empowering them to succeed.
Our service is to our community and to its young children (and their parents) who would otherwise never understand the unchanging principles of a disciplined life, never have a vision of being able to accomplish greater things, and never have the resources to achieve loftier heights.
We empower young people, in part, by working with area schools where we come alongside kids as mentors and friends. Although our athletic programs are the most well-known among our activities, our work goes far beyond that. Check out our Java Grounds Coffee House . At Java Grounds we offer the opportunity for young people to learn essential business and social skills.
Risks and challenges
There are many risks to growing garden produce in the desert, but we have the assistance of two Master Gardeners and an expert ASU desert gardener and teacher to keep us on track.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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