Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm

Students work on City High’s plots at Las Milpitas during a Community Day, 2016.

City High School established a partnership with the Community Food Bank in 2011 to expand the City High Garden into a full-fledged community farmLas 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. The Desert Youth Gardening elective, which started the Spring of 2018, meets at the Farm on Tuesdays and Fridays during Periods 6-7. 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.

Students participating in a family event at Las Milpitas, 2016.

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:












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