“Community Garden”– Community Service Projects
Back2Basics residents participate and assist in the oversight of the Flagstaff Community Garden. The garden consists of several plots, each approximately 80 square feet in size. Since the garden’s inception, there has been a full-time volunteer available to take care of day to day operations. The Back2Basics residents are contributing tenants to that responsibility; we maintain and inventory tools and materials at the garden for communal use. Back2Basics residents also help with fund raising and community garden events to help bring awareness to the Flagstaff locale.
The common areas of the garden include two perennial flower gardens, about 15 grape vines scattered along the fences, a traditional adobe bread oven, an apple tree, numerous wild plum trees along the back fence, several tumbler-style compost bins, a tool shed, a water hose bib, and wood chip lined paths throughout the garden. All of these require regular maintenance and Back2Basics, as a group, executes those responsibilities.
Without a doubt, the Community Garden has had a positive impact on the community overall. Annually, participants partake in a significant learning experience in water conservation and sustainable gardening methods, achieving a greater awareness of abundant neighborhood contributions. Throughout the year the community garden is host to workshops and other events that assemble a wide range of Flagstaff organizations in activities ranging from building composters, to mural painting, to building a bread oven, to community cleanups, and landscaping projects. The community garden has also been a place for children of all ages, teenagers and young adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to meet and participate in local drug and alcohol free programs and recovery.