DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School

The DC Ranch Community Garden at Copper Ridge School is a place to continue the legacy of community building for future generations of residents and students.

The highly-functional design reflects traditional farm and garden aesthetics and provides optimal opportunities for gardeners. The Garden is devoted to sustainable organic practices. Forty-four (44) plots are available for lease on an annual basis.       

Garden Hours and Workshops

Certified Desert Landscaper, Master Gardener and a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Tyler Storey has been named "Garden Coach" of the DC Ranch Community Garden and serves as a resource to all gardeners of DC Ranch.

Storey has Saturday "garden hours" at The Garden to meet with individual gardeners, answer questions and provide assistance. The upcoming dates are:

Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 25, March 4 and 18, April 8 and 29 | 8 to 10 a.m.

Garden Workshop: The Right Tomatoes
Saturday, Feb. 11 | 10 to 11 a.m.

Every gardener likes growing tomatoes, but they are a challenge in the desert. Come by the garden and we'll show you the right ones to grow and how to get them started. Everyone will leave with a started pot to get your tomato season off to the right start. 

Garden Workshop: Herb pot planting demo
Saturday, March 18 | 10 to 11 a.m. 

Learn how to plant a beautiful mixed herb pot that will provide you with fresh culinary ingredients. Come to the garden for a demonstration of the best soil, herb types, and placement—enter a raffle to win the completed herb pot! 

Garden Workshop: Melons!
 
Saturday, April 29 | 10 to 11 a.m.

Summer is melon season in Arizona, and that means watermelon, cantaloupe, and muskmelons. These last, muskmelons, are the real treasure of the summer garden. Come by the garden and we’ll learn about the most interesting varieties. Everyone will get a seeded pot to take home. 

How to lease a Garden plot

Click here to download the lease agreement. Bring completed application to Desert Camp Community Center along with payment. Upon payment, you will be given a badge and code to the gate lock to access the garden.

Get your hands dirty with these Garden committees

Operations & Resources
The operations committee is responsible for the general management and upkeep of the garden site. This committee will also identify vendors, donors, and other partners for materials and supplies for the garden. Supplies include soil, plants and trees, and other items to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of the garden.

Events, Workshops & Volunteers
This committee will identify workshop topics of interest to gardeners and reach out to prospective presenters. The committee will also help to plan special events and identify opportunities for residents and other stakeholders in the community to get involved with the Community Garden as volunteers.

How to get involved

For more information, contact Community Engagement Director Jona Davis at 480.538.3582 or jona.davis@dcranchinc.com.

NOTICE: The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented on this site.

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Garden Resources

Valley Permaculture Alliance
Permaculture combines "permanent" + "(agri)culture" and addresses sustainability and interdependence of human and natural ecosystems. VPA offers a monthly e-newsletter as well as a full array of gardening classes and workshops.        


The Urban Farm

This home-based farm in north central Phoenix is the backdrop for gardening “Boot Camps” and tons of classes and workshops. Edibles and supplies are also available for purchase at their on-site retail store.

Vynnie the Gardener
Join Vynnie’s blog for articles, tips and how-to videos to make your garden grow.

Desert Botanical Garden
It’s more than cactus! Ongoing classes and workshops provide instruction on how to grow vegetables and herbs in the desert Southwest.

American Community Gardening Association
This national membership organization is the preeminent source for community gardening best practices.

Square Foot Gardening Foundation
This organization hopes to end world hunger by teaching people how to grow healthy food based on the Square Foot Gardening method created by founder Mel Bartholomew. The web site is also a great source for tips, tools and resources.

Seed Sources
A fellow community gardener shared this source for Italian heirloom tomato seeds.