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Backyard Garden Program​


Application period has closed. Successful applicants will be notified by December 3, 2021.


​​This FREE program empowers residents to grow healthy food in their own backyards to improve health, promote physical activity, decrease food insecurity and hunger, and potentially decrease their food budget.​ 


What you Receive:

  • Choice of one of three garden systems (see below) including seeds, plant starters, and fish (aquaponics).

  • Education and training support for 12 months .

Your Commitment: 

  • One year participation

  • Signed agreements (Gardener and/or Landlord Agreement)

  • Participate in data collection

  • Pay for water and electricity as needed for the garden system

Who Qualifies: ​

  • City of Phoenix employees are not eligible for this program​
  • Must be a Phoenix resident residing within the boundaries of one of the following urban villages including: Estrella, Laveen, Maryvale, and South Mountain Villages. Find your urban village here​

  • Homeowners and/or renters (with permission from landlord)

  • Has a gross household income per the HUD Fiscal Year 2021 Limits as follows:

# of People in Household12345678
Annual Income$44,250
$50,600$56,900$63,200$68,300$73,350$78,400$83,450



Documents Needed:
  • City of Phoenix residency document
  • Gross income statements
  • Proof of identity
A​​​​bout the Backyard Gardens Available

L​​ehra Phoenix-based organization founded by Ed Williams, who invented the LEHR Gardens system as a sustainable, regenerative agriculture method for busy urban lifestyles. 




NxT is a Phoenix-based organization founded by Dr. George Brooks Jr., a nationally recognized Aquaponics ex​pert.




TigerMountain Foundation is a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities to better themselves through cultivating gardens.  ​



Contact Us

Email: phxfood@phoenix.gov 

Call: 602-262-6347

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Note when you submit an email it falls under the city's policy which states that the email message is: (1) subject to public disclosure under the Public Records Law, (2) not private or confidential and (3) retained for 90 days.