by John Murphy, Founder, Make 100 Healthy
That’s right! After being without a community garden for several years, a group of community leaders and citizens have teamed up to create the Prescott Food Forest — A Gardening Discovery Center and Community Garden.
This project is located at Heritage Park, adjacent to the Heritage Park Zoo and across Willow Creek Road from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
The focus of this effort is to offer an educational platform with classes and seminars on all aspects of growing food and how to maximize production and usage.
The idea of a Gardening Discovery Center was that of Prescott resident Cathi Mayo, an experienced homesteader and a volunteer helping to build the property into a lush food forest.
She says, “This place is about teaching and empowering people to be able to grow their own food. To understand the full ecosystem that goes into food cycles. We will demonstrate how to do everything from planting, maintaining and sustaining a garden, to harvesting, cooking and preserving the fruits and vegetables grown.”
The theme of the Prescott Food Forest is to help people grow together.
With food shortages predicted, there’s never been a more important time to educate and motivate our fellow citizens to grow their own food. A recent study conducted by the Yavapai Board of Supervisors found that the best way to safeguard food security is backyard gardening — modern Victory Gardens to ensure you and your family have nutritious and ample food, regardless of outside circumstances.
The Prescott Food Forest — A Gardening Discovery Center offers:
- Introductory, intermediate and advanced gardening classes.
- Cooking classes using the delicious food grown.
- Preserving, canning, pickling and meal prep seminars.
- School field trip programs.
- Ongoing educational and learning events.
- Community garden plots for the public, a greenhouse and more.
I am very proud to be part of this project and am grateful for all the love and support extended from Prescott citizens toward this effort.
As our slogan says, “Let’s Get Growing Prescott.” It’s another example of the extraordinary outdoor amenities Prescott has to offer. To show your support, visit