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Garden Volunteers at Encounter Farm (Community Garden Pilot)

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Encounter AZ Farm

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Encounter Farm is looking to expand by sharing garden space to help bring it to its full potential.

We are starting a pilot community garden program and are seeking a few farm friends to help cultivate this new community with us.

Encounter Farm is a evolving food forest on a 3/4 acre lot in Mesa. There are several established fruit trees, veggie plot, and chicken yard. The lot is flood irrigated year round and is welcoming to all levels of gardeners.

We are offering you a plot in the irrigated food forest. In return, we ask for help on projects/maintenance around the farm. Commitment will vary depending on your plot size. Example: 1 hour per 10 sq ft plot. So a 5'x2' row would trade out to 1 hour a month. A 5'x6' plot would run 3 hours a month, and so on. There will be a range of options available to contribute each month.

The perks:

  • a plot in the food forest (size depends on your commitment)
  • year round flood irrigation
  • seed sharing
  • communal produce
  • standard garden equipment
  • on-site free plant stand
  • healthy soil comprised of composted wood chips
The rules:
  • all natural gardening practices (no chemicals)
  • must maintain your plot (free or debris and weeds)
  • must log commitment hours as plot dues monthly
  • drug free zone
  • follow the rules or the plot gets surrenderd
More to follow as the program develops and we get feedback from you and your fellow gardeners.

The not so fine print. We are trying this out and won't get it right the first time. We ask for your patience and feedback in order to make this work and to improve. If this sounds like an opportunity that interest you, let us know and we'll set up an orientation and find you a spot on the farm. First come, first dibs on the prime plot.

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About Encounter AZ Farm


1718 N MESA DR, MESA, AZ 85201, US

Mission Statement

We grow food to grow souls.


The Encounter Farm is a life-giving farm where crops are grown to give to people in need. The farm accomplishes this through public access to the farm and fresh harvest contributions to supplement a food pantry.

Additionally, a Seed Saving Program offers sustainability by saving seeds from a portion of the farm's seasonal harvest. These seeds 1) are offered to the local community to grow their own food to help alleviate food insecurity, reduce food supply chain miles traveled, and provide a sense of confidence 2) used to reseed the next year's farm production creating a closed loop of independence.

The farm is currently equipped with a large designated vegetable plot, multiple fruit trees, and chickens with room to grow.



We'll work with your schedule.


1718 N Mesa DriveMesa, AZ 85201



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Example: 3 hours per month per 5'x5' garden plot
  • Closed toed shoes

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