A Lot of Sunflowers (in Downtown Phoenix)

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Come spring, the two-acre lot between Fifth, Sixth, McKinley, and Garfield streets will look a little brighter. 

With the help of the Phoenix Union Bioscience High School and the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department and Intel, Roosevelt Row CDC and its Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space (A.R.T.S.) Program announced that it was granted a permit to plant two seasons of sunflowers in the middle of downtown Phoenix.

The City of Phoenix approved the permit yesterday morning, and representatives of Roosevelt Row write that the project's first step will be looking for community volunteers to help plant Sudan grass to improve the soil. 

Once the soil is ready and prepared, volunteers from the community and local bioscience high school will plant the sunflower seeds and harvest the product. Ultimately, the students will use the sunflowers for future solar and biofuel projects. 

The project is still accepting donations through its Facebook page and through the Roosevelt Row website, where you can also learn more about volunteering. 

Note: This post has been updated from its original version to include Intel as a managing partner in the project.   


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6 comments
Gail Morris
Gail Morris

Great to hear this! The monarch butterflies that overwinter at Rio Salado will love to nectar on sunflowers while they are in town as well as during their migration - they love a banquet feast of great nectar like sunflowers!

Sean D. Sweat
Sean D. Sweat

Slight correction: Intel isn't just funding the project -- they're also helping manage the project.

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