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Even though you’re in the middle of the city,
February 2016 Issue / Volume 4; No. 3                                             it’s like being in nature.



















 
 
 
 

      
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Amy Binkley's Garden | Phoenix, Arizona
In the City of Phoenix, at the busy intersection of Central and Indian School, passersby used to see a dreary vacant lot. The city’s mayor, Greg Stanton, decided to do something to waylay the negative effects this, and other vacant lots around town, might have on the community. In 2012, he created PHX Renews to transform the lot into a place for community use. The lot has become a happening, a place full of art, a dog park, and a community garden. Chefs/Restaurateurs Amy Binkley and her husband, Beard recognized chef (2012-15), Kevin Binkley, noticed the garden when driving by one day. “Kevin called someone at PHX Renews to find out about it,” Amy Binkley said. “Eventually, Kevin’s dream is to have more things coming from our garden. I think he’d love to have something like Dan Barber has in New York—Blue Hill Farm. If we could have all the animals, chickens and all that stuff, he would really like that. So I guess this is just the tip of the dream to see if it works.” So far, so good. The crops get used at their four restaurants: Binkley’s and Café Bink in Cave Creek, Bink’s Scottsdale and Bink’s Midtown in central Phoenix. And tending the garden suits Amy Binkley just fine. “I like being out here,” Binkley said. “Even though you’re in the middle of the city, it’s like being in nature. You hear the birds, and it’s nice. And I like handling the plants.”