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Dennis McClung

123 neighbors want a food forest, community garden, nursery, community education center, and a farmer's market downtown in Mesa.

I want to establish the Mesa Green Center that combines a food forest, community garden, nursery, community education center, and a farmer's market downtown in Mesa.  This will serve as a place for the community to learn and practice sustainable food production.  My organization will donate food forest fruit trees, provide free public access to garden seeds, and sustainability classes.   The Mesa Green Center can serve as the hub of Mesa's green future!

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Mark Svoboda

The Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts (formerly MACFest), now has a commitment to have an organic farmers market at each of our festivals. 1st and 3rd Saturdays from October thru April.
We kick off our season on October 7th.

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Posted Jul 19, 2017
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Corinne Mathieu Morgan

Yes I would love a permanent farmers market in the area!

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Posted Jul 17, 2017
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Penny Harvey

I would love a permanent farmers market in the area!

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Posted Jul 17, 2017
Joshua Borchers
Joshua Borchers
Jul 17, 2017

WE are getting closer every day . Lets keep getting the word out allot of people are of the same mindset it will as they say snowball. Thank you for your reply

Posted by Joshua Borchers on Jul 17, 2017
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Charles Johnson

I'd like to see an expanded vision for a downtown Farmers Market, and perhaps that can be accommodated into the Green Center, or could be a separate project. In many cities, a Farmers Market is a large destination that combines produce stands, meat, fish, and cheese shops, specialty stands such as candy, flowers and coffee retailers, gourmet shops and diverse dining options combined with eating areas.

Extraordinary examples of these kinds of projects include Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, Seattle's Pike Place Market, Toronto's St. Lawrence Market and dozens more highly successful farmer's markets that are destinations for the entire region. Smaller communities such as Allentown, PA and Flint, MI boast highly successful year-round markets. Some also include artist markets. With our weather, beautiful outdoor eating areas and expansion areas during the peak growing season would be ideal.

There is NO asset like this in the Phoenix Metro Area (of the permanence and scale such markets have, with the infrastructure and diversity that make them so successful). Downtown Mesa is a perfect place to have something like this--perhaps in the 200 South Center location owned by the City or in the land being prepped for development near the Marriott. Places with access to Light Rail but also ample parking would be ideal.

The infrastructure for these is often quite simple, as they feature large or long "state fair" type exhibition buildings or industrial spaces with various booths & stands. Some are open many days a week, some alternating days, and some only on weekends. So there are many models to explore in finding the right one for Mesa and the Valley. My wife and I have seen numerous successful examples and would be happy to share info and pics. Every place we've lived has had some version of what I've described above and it has been a treasured spot for us and everyone we knew, and I believe it would be an enormous draw for people from across the Valley.

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Posted Jul 15, 2017
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Gretchen Thompson

I'd like to help educate people on how to achieve wellness through healthy nutrition and educate them about healthy lifestyle choices. We can eliminate and/or reduce many health related problems, such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease through good nutrition and exercise.

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Posted Jul 10, 2017
Corinne Mathieu Morgan
Corinne Mathieu Morgan
Jul 11, 2017

Sounds great to me This is something we need

Posted by Corinne Mathieu Morgan on Jul 11, 2017
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Geoffrey Macal

Hey Dennis, will you be having any type of event to discuss what is needed to make this happen? GP has been such an inspiration for us and we'd love to help! I have a ton of questions so if there will be some kind of information session please let me know, if not I'll catch up with you through email or I could stop by. Thanks!

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Posted Jul 3, 2017
Dennis McClung
Dennis McClung
Jul 12, 2017

Thank you so much for your support! I will gladly host a public Q & A session to go over the plan of action for this initiative if we get to the next step, perhaps at the soon-to-open GP base in downtown Mesa. I am pleased to say that this initiative is currently the most popular initiative on Imagine Mesa!! Thanks again.

Posted by Dennis McClung on Jul 12, 2017
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Corinne Mathieu Morgan

That would be great to have in the downtown area.

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Posted Jul 2, 2017
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Dennis McClung
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Becky Knutson
Becky Knutson
Jul 1, 2017

Wonderful idea! Would be a great addition to downtown Mesa! Excited to see it come to fruition.

Posted by Becky Knutson on Jul 1, 2017
Chrystal
Chrystal
Jul 8, 2017

Fabulous idea!

Posted by Chrystal on Jul 8, 2017
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