|One of Valley Partnership’s cornerstones is community service. Each year, Valley Partnership selects a non-profit organization that can benefit from the skills, efforts and supplies provided by our partners to renovate and enhance facilities for those in need. For almost 30 years, Valley Partnership has contributed over $3.5million to the community through these Projects.
For the past few years, the St. Vincent’s has been operating an urban farm near their campus in downtown Phoenix, on the Human Services Campus. The one-acre farm grows fruits and vegetables that are used to feed families in their community kitchen and they are distributed in food boxes for families to prepare at home. As the recipient of Valley Partnership’s 30th community project, St. Vincent’s believes that the enhancement of the Urban Farm will further their mission. Ryan Corry, Development Officer with The Society of St. Vincent DePaul explained, “This project impacts SVdP’s ability to improve health, food sources, wellness education, and connection to employment for our most vulnerable populations. We couldn’t be more proud to be working on these important initiatives with Valley Partnership.”
Valley Partnership’s initial plans to improve the urban garden will include installing an irrigation system, electricity, adding shade to allow for an extended growing season, and planting. Raised planter beds, an outdoor classroom, a meditation area, site furniture, fruit-bearing trees and signage for the farm have also been requested.