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St. Vincent’s turns urban garden into a teaching tool for kids, resource for homeless in Phoenix

Nika Forte, the urban farm program coordinator at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, said she will use the farm as a teaching tool for homeless volunteers to obtain jobs. (Source: Samantha Pouls/Cronkite News)

St. Vincent’s will team up with farms and nurseries throughout Arizona to employ some of the farm’s volunteers, who must work in the garden for at least three months and maintain a specific amount of hours.

By Samantha Pouls
Cronkite News
AZ Family
Dec 20, 2017


When the officials at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix found out they won a quarter-million-dollar grant to improve their urban farm, they already had a plan to install an irrigation system, plant fruit trees and add shade to extend the growing season.

Those improvements will help the nonprofit provide more fresh fruits and vegetables from the 1-acre farm to food boxes for needy families and to the organization’s downtown Phoenix kitchen, which serves hundreds of meals each day.

But Nika Forte, the group’s urban farm coordinator, didn’t want to stop there. The plans also include transforming the garden into a learning space so they can teach both the children who take classes at the nonprofit and provide skills to the adults who use St. Vincent’s services.

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