Aric and Matt at the site of The Farm at Los OlivosThe Farm at Los Olivos in Phoenix Arizona has people talking. What’s the buzz all about? Here I’m going to present and unpack this plan as I see it from my perspective. I’ll share comments from neighbors below. Some of us are for this, and others are against this.

Maybe you are one of the decided. If not I hope that this post helps you will arrive at a the decision that seems right for you. On March 22nd the final decision will be made to do this thing or not. There is a meeting to be held by the City of Phoenix Parks Board. The location is 200 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix AZ 85007. To attend please click here & scroll down the project page about one third of the way to RSVP. We hope you will make it.

📢 Please Make Your Voice Heard

Flyer for The Farm at Los Olivos Parks Board Meeting March 22nd at 5pm. Location: 200 W. Jefferson St Phoenix AZ 85007

Aric & Matt – Friends with Vision

There’s a farmer/artist and a hospitality guy. They both love art and design. They both care about the farm-to-table concept.

They see that elite dining experiences seen in the farm to table movement are always beyond the budget of middle America. Here at Los Olivos they aim to change that.

Listen in as Aric, Matt, & John discuss how the idea for this organic farm concept is gaining steam and driving them to bring this to our neighborhood.

This is going to be far beyond a community farm. The land will be professionally farmed. There will be an education center, and concessions. The sense of design that Matt and Aric care so much about will be expressed in the architecture that will be so important. The team is all in on making this a top-flight development that will add to the community and bring a place where people from our neighborhood increasingly want to be.

🥕 How Organic Food Galvanizes Us

 

Friends enjoying an evening meal outsideTheir onsite farmed organic food will be something that everyone living in the neighborhood can afford and enjoy.

They both see how powerful food is and how it brings people together.

We who support this project believe that it will spark other positive activity that will bring about more use of the park. Most of the people who are looking forward to this think that this is going to invite the kind of vibe that people are craving.

Many think that they will spend more time at the park because the farm will make a great place to hang out with friends and family.

Next, we’ll see how Matt & Aric went from being total strangers to committed partners in the Farm at Los Olivos endeavor.

💡 From Friends to Game Changers

One day a mutual friend realized that these two guys should meet. That’s when Aric Mei and Matthew Moore struck up their great friendship.

That’s when their vision for Los Olivos began to take root in their subconscious minds like a germinating seed below the surface of the soil.

They met at Aric’s house when planning a fundraiser for Matt’s digital farm collective. The two became instant pals. It wasn’t long before they began sharing concepts.

It wasn’t until the City of Phoenix issued a solicitation for this concept that the wheels really started turning.

The city put out an RFP (request for proposal) to people who subscribed to a database that was designed to solicit bids for various projects around the city. This is when all of the conversations and shared ideas between these two forged their vision for the Farm at Los Olivos.

I’ll bet that Matt didn’t imagine this Los Olivos Organic farm  when he was giving his TEDx Talk in Manhattan. Now, he and Aric stand shoulder to shoulder as they go through the process of realizing this great intention.

🌭 Change the Way We Eat – Matt’s TEDx Talk


🗣 Neighbors Share Opinions About Their Park

🙅‍♂️ Public Criticisms

Thoughts from Chris Taylor

I have lived in. The area for fifty years and enjoyed a great place to either exercise or relax and my kids too for a major part of that time. Hear goes. Traffic is bad and. Indian school and surrounding streets are backed up morning , noon and death time in afternoon from good folks getting home to jump in now without some traffic study besides phx transportation gathering data and with all new construction is reckless.

I call improvements to such a growing population and with future consideration to growth maybe a basketball court / tennis court ect ect a better way to protect this rare gem park a better way to protect it’s future and less impact than a possible 18 months of construction that in most ways while waiting stressful for the senior’s and the people who use it. 

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Thoughts from Jean Alley

I am firmly opposed to dedicating four plus (4+ )acres of our community park for commercial purposes. Why would the city of Phoenix be in favor of promoting competition for the tax paying restaurants and coffee houses that are nearby.

In the present building boom in Phoenix, there is less and less open land. We need more land preserved for the use of our citizens. Breaking up the land in the park to “develop” so they can grow vegetables and have a restaurant is a travesty. What if the restaurant concept doesn’t succeed? Restaurants have a very high failure rate. 

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Thoughts from Katherine Hills

Excessive Power possessed by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board The Phoenix Parks and Recreation board (made up of 7 individuals) utilizing the “City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board Alternate Park Land Use Policy Number 2.9 Adopted: 8/25/2016” (which they created and approved), using the words “undeveloped public park land” and “recreational purposes” have been given free reign to put whatever they want in Phoenix public parks. 

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Thoughts from Danny Luster

4 acres in that area would easily go for around 4 million. Now a 7% 30 yr amortized commercial loan for that property would normally have monthly payment of around $26,613.00 and a year that would be $319,356.00 and over 3 years that would be $958,068.00 and then a balloon payment is due for the balance aprox. $3,680,000 at around year 7. 

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🙆 Public Applause

Thoughts from Jason Boblick

If it’s helpful, I’ll give you some quick background. I’m married with three boys (ages 5, 2, and 1 month). My wife and I have lived three blocks north of the park for almost nine years now. We love our neighborhood. Our oldest son goes to Villa Montessori less than half a mile from our home. When the time comes, our plan is that the other two boys will follow in his footsteps to Villa.
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Thoughts from Carolyn Lavendar

I love the concept of eating vegetables that came out of the ground that day. Which is making agriculture visible within the City, instead of having it located on the outskirts of town. I love that it will expose all the regular park visitors to healthy concessions rather than the greasy corndog type food you often find. This is geared toward the average person, not the privileged who already experience the farm to table concept.
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Thoughts from Joe Contreras

  • I think the project will add vibrancy and fresh modern amenities to the park
  • I believe the park is underutilized at the moment and that every single friend I have in the neighborhood shares this opinion and is for the project
  • I think that these city partnerships are a good idea so long as the plan is well thought out and contingencies are in place if things don’t happen as expected.

Thoughts from Kevin Apellidoprivado

Of course, I think it’s very exciting for our neighborhoods in this part of Phoenix to have interest from developers in bringing an amenity/business like this to Los Olivos park. I think this will raise the level of use of the park by a wide variety of people who may not be currently using the park aware or even aware of its existence and that’s only going to be a good thing!

📈 How Will The Farm at Los Olivos Impact Home Values

We are a affected by our surroundings. That goes double for real estate. Having open park space is valuable. We can all agree on that. Like it or not how that space is utilized matters. Popularity and vitality boosts positive feelings about places. In turn that breeds confidence in neighborhoods. This is the very thing that makes people want to live in certain communities. Having gathering places that act as magnets sends a surge into home values.

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🏠 Available Homes Near Los Olivos park


If you have more questions or thoughts about The Farm at Los Olivos Please chime in. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

📢 Yelper Corey W Weighs in on the Farm

Read Corey W.‘s review of Los Olivos Park on Yelp

💪 Yelper Wayne V Gives Kudos to the Park

Read Wayne V.‘s review of Los Olivos Park on Yelp

🌊 Yelper Terra V – Hopes for a Splashpad

Read Terra V.‘s review of Los Olivos Park on Yelp

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