Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm
City High School established a partnership with the Community Food Bank in 2011 to expand the City High Garden into a full-fledged community farm. Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm is a community resource, open to all: families, schools, and others who want to adopt a plot or get involved in any number of ways. The farm lies between South Cottonwood Lane and the Santa Cruz River, south of 29th/Silverlake.
City High School students can go to the farm each week as part of our Voices After-School Program to tend the City High School garden plots and help out with general farm chores. All City High School students and staff visit Las Milpitas throughout the school year to incorporate the study of food and farming into different subjects, from culinary arts to local history.
- City High School seniors will spend the morning at Las Milpitas on October 15.
- The school’s fall retreat will take place at the farm on Monday, November 10.
- Weekly Community Volunteer Days organized by the Community Food Bank, every Tuesday 8-11 am and the first three Saturdays of the month 8-11 am.
- “Fresh Efforts: The Food Bank and City High School Team Up to Build a Southside Urban Garden”, Tucson Weekly, July 14, 2011.
- Check out City High School’s facebook photo albums: City High Garden Grows Up and More Fun @ the Farm!
- Read a website news post and listen to a student radio story about City High School students involved in the Food Bank’s Youth Farm Project.
- YouTube video: “Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm”, posted by Healthy Pima, January 30, 2012.
- Photo album of Las Milpitas Inauguration Celebration, January 21, 2012.
- Read Carrie Brennan’s remarks made during the Inauguration Celebration (1/21/12).
A BIT OF HISTORY: City High School began leasing the garden location from Pima County in 2006, following the Farmacy Project’s involvement in the land. City High School students and staff have been active at the site in a number of ways: building water harvesting swales, tree planting, and growing vegetables, herbs, and native plants. City High School students were responsible for the land each year as part of the school’s City Works gardening class from 2006-2010, taught over the years by Elliott Lax, Mike Spielman, Michael Herzog, and Jennifer Kinser.
An article in the Summer 2007 issue of our CITYSCAPE newsletter sheds a little light on City High School’s history with the land …