2017 Valley Partnership Community Project: Urban Farm Revitalization

Valley Partnership Community Project, photo courtesy of Visions in Photography

Valley Partnership's 30th annual community project focused on revitalizing St. Vincent de Paul's one-acre urban farm. The project included installing an irrigation system, adding shade to prolong the growing season, building raised planter beds, and creating a meditation area among other improvements.

"The goal of the community project is to increase the yield and upgrade the farm so more people can learn how to grow their own food," said Dave Delendeck, an intern architect at D/P/S and a member of Valley Partnership's ADVOCATES Program and Community Project. "The garden goes a long way towards feeding over 1,000 members of the local homeless community every day. These improvements will not only provide more food, but also create more opportunity through St. Vincent's farming apprenticeship program."

Valley Partnership, which brings together leaders of the real estate and development industry, raised over $160,000 in cash and in-kind donations from over 65 companies prior to the community project event day. Over 200 volunteers participated, creating work benches and planter stacks and working throughout the garden.

Event Day at the Urban Farm
Dave Delendeck (center, wearing green shirt) and other volunteers built work benches and planters for Valley Partnership's community project.

The project brought together many leaders in Phoenix's commercial real estate community. The combined efforts resulted in a revitalized urban farm with a new ramada structure, picnic tables, raised planter beds, more planted crops and fruit trees, walkway pavers, a chicken coop, painted mural, and additional storage and sheltered workspace.

To learn more about the community project, visit Valley Partnership's website.