The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County has a vibrant and active Master Gardener program and volunteer force. There are three parts to becoming and staying a Certified Master Gardener: 1) attending the training, which provides novice and experienced gardeners alike with the opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills, and 2) sharing at least 25 hours of expertise and time with the public through organized volunteer activities, and 3) earning at least 12 hours of personal continuing education.
A 15-acre vacant lot on the corner of Indian School & Central Avenue in Phoenix will be transformed into community space with urban agriculture, art work, food trucks, and more. UA CALS Cooperative Extension is a large land partner on the project. The project, called PHX Renews, is a result of a partnership with Keep Phoenix Beautiful (a nonprofit), the City of Phoenix, and the landowner, Barron Collier Companies.