Founded by Kenny Barrett and Kelly Placke in 2008, Roosevelt Growhouse is an urban farm committed to Roosevelt Row agriculture and growing local food. With the exception of June and July, the community garden runs classes throughout the year on topics like urban desert vegetable farming, sustainable living, healthy eating, and edible landscaping.
This family-run retailer specializes in DIY-friendly professional weed and pest products, including organic and natural options not found in big-box stores. And they're price-conscientious, too, costing around $5 per 1,000 square feet for six months, according to its spokesperson. The store's knowledgeable staff walks shoppers through proper application of the commercial-grade products and will send you home with reference materials.
Located on 16th Street near Thomas Road, Dig It Urban Gardens + Nursery specializes in plants meant to thrive in Phoenix’s city-meets-desert climate. Run by former landscaper Ryan Jerrell and his business partner, Tim Bishop, its garden center staff is passionate about good advice and sending folks home with only the products they need. Dig It houses its plants in conditions similar to the typical home environment, and the nursery hosts fee-based educational classes and events.
Located within the porch-friendly Gilbert community of Agritopia, The Farm at Agritopia rents more than 40 20-by-20-foot plots. Renters have access to pretty handy stuff, like its fully equipped communal tool shed and water. There are also garden gatherings like a Preserve the Harvest Party where renters learn how to preserve their produce.
Native Seeds/SEARCH is a nonprofit seed conservation organization rooted in Tucson that, among many other things, sells open-pollinated seed varieties bred true from seeds. This means that, as long as there's no cross-pollination, you can grow landrace or heirloom garden and connect