FT4C Spotlight: PHX Renews/Keep Phoenix Beautiful

Imagine: a Phoenix where every empty lot is an opportunity for community, sustainability, growth, and beauty.

This week, FT4C is proud to present our nonprofit partner bringing this vision into reality: PHX Renews.

From the PHX Renews website:

Vacant lots occupy 43% of the total land in Phoenix. The mission of PHX Renews is simple: to find temporary uses for these lots that will beautify the city while promoting sustainability and a sense of community.

PHX Renews is a Keep Beautiful Beautiful project, affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Brainchild of the City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, PHX Renews launched in 2012. In 2013, the nonprofit set to work transforming the 15 acres on Central and Indian School into the incredible project it is today. The Central and Indian School location now hosts dozens of community gardens, an outdoor classroom space for local high schools, art installations, demonstrations for sustainable desert living, and much more.

Photograph from the PHX Renews Facebook page
Photograph from the PHX Renews Facebook page

PHX Renews truly demonstrates of the power of community. It is only with the efforts of thousands of volunteers and tremendous partnerships and collaborators that PHX Renews has accomplished the transformation of four empty lots into flourishing gardens and community spaces. PHX Renews assisted in a lot conversion for Tigermountain Foundation (TMF); the TMF People’s Garden now provides financial incentives to over 40 children and adults. The pocket park on Vernon St. converted 2,000 sq ft of emptiness into an urban oasis with arrangeable benches and café tables. The Mentor Kids Hope Garden integrates a safe play space with their 96-plot community garden, providing youth and families with community resources. All in all, PHX Renews is the largest transformation of vacant land in the country–and each conversion truly speaks to the power of the project.

Photograph from the PHX Renews Facebook page
Photograph from the PHX Renews Facebook page

PHX Renews and their partners have brought the community a real gift, and Fruit Trees for Community is excited to give right back. Your fruit trees orders can provide PHX Renews with shade, beauty, and delicious fruit to keep greening and sustaining the community: FT4C will donate 1 tree for every 3 purchased. Orders must be placed by October 25; trees arrive in January 2017.

To learn more about PHX Renews and get involved, please visit their website here, or follow their Facebook page.

To learn more about the Fruit Trees for Community program or order your fruit and nut trees, explore our website.