URBAN FORESTRY2020-09-08T16:44:24-07:00

Project Description


To engage our volunteers in projects that sustainably contribute to increasing urban forestry in Arizona and to educate the public on the benefits of urban forestry, including carbon capture, decreasing the heat island effect, and cleaning the air.


  • Increase the tree canopy in low income, low canopy areas throughout Arizona
  • Provide education to Arizonans on best practices for tree maintenance and the benefits of urban forestry
  • Provide a model for cities on how to work with private residents


  • Trees Matter
  • American Forests
  • City of Apache Junction
  • City of Phoenix
  • ASU Sustainable Cities Network
  • Alhambra Elementary School District
  • Microsoft
  • American Forests
  • Rio Reimagined
Volunteer Hours

Current and Planned Projects

Past Projects


Natures Ground

September 4th, 2020|

I don’t know about you, but I never realized how much anxiety I regularly experience until the pandemic. Admittedly, I’ve never felt anxiety this intensely or frequently, and it’s not my intention to co-opt or

The Little Gifts

July 13th, 2020|Tags: |

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer recalls her childhood experience being “raised by strawberries.” She contrasts the gift of wild strawberries with the commodity of strawberries from a private neighboring field, watching the latter

Reconnecting Food with its Roots

September 11th, 2017|

A report from Guardian.com estimates that “fifty percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away, some 60 million tons valued at 160 billion dollars.” Also, according to the EPA, “wasted food is the single biggest occupant in America’s landfills.” Worldwide, 34 million children suffer from severe malnutrition and another 1 million children die each year from hunger related causes.

Greenhouse Gardens

July 30th, 2017|

There are naysayers who lament, that too many regulations, and too much competition from mega-farms, make it impossible for the independent farmer to survive. A local couple, Jeannine and Cameron McChesney, are proving them wrong. Their success is made even more astounding, by the fact that their enterprise, Greenhouse Gardens, flourishes in an area that once was all desert.


“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

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