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Community Garden Adds New Cooking Facilities

Community Garden Program (L-R) Jacob Butler, Mike Juan and Amson Collins pose next to the firebrick oven they built.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Cultural Resources Department (CRD) Community Garden Program has made some additions to the Community Garden in hopes of creating a more social setting.

Three new cookers were built at the garden to help accommodate Community members and employees, Garden Coordinator Jacob Butler said.

“We want to have a place for people to come out, sit down and have a good time,” Butler said. “A big part of what we do (at the Community Garden) is give presentations and tours. So people come out, they do presentations, and then they either have to leave the garden and get their food somewhere else or they have to set up catering and a tent. But if we’re hosting an event, we can have picnic tables set up [and] they can do their own little cookout after their tour. It’s just another component of what we can offer whenever anyone tours the garden.”

The first is an oven, brick-red in color with a dome shape; it is made out of firebrick and is meant for baking bread. The second cooking option is a grill made from cinder block, meant for grilling and barbecues. The last cooker has a cone shape, is made out of red block, and is meant for roasting. The cookers will also be used for future CRD classes and events.

Cinder block grill with fire ready to start a barbecue. Cooker made from red block perfect for roasting.
The CRD hopes more people will come out and take part in what the entire garden has to offer. Having a cookout while sitting under the trees may spark an interest in planting your own tree, planting your own garden or building your own grill or oven in the backyard. The Garden Program is here to help in this process; they have effective, inexpensive techniques you can duplicate in your home, and they will provide any assistance needed.

The SRPMIC Community Garden is located north of McDowell Road, near the baseball fields, and is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gate closes at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Community Garden contact Jacob Butler at (480) 362-6325