Scottsdale Eagle Scout’s project provides shade for Urban Farm
June 20, 2018
By Jessica Haag/Special to Nearby News
Just in time for summer’s triple-digit temperatures, Scottsdale teen Tim Whitney Jr. completed his Eagle Scout Project to provide shade structures over St. Vincent de Paul’s Mesa Dining Room Urban Farm at 67 W. Broadway Road. The shade and revitalized garden will extend growing season and allow dining room guests and volunteers to enjoy more time outdoors.
Tim Whitney Jr.’s team built numerous structures in just two days. (Photos courtesy Society of St. Vincent de Paul)
Whitney attends Brophy College Preparatory and is a scout in Troop 818 in Scottsdale, where he lives with his parents, Tim and Donna Whitney. Whitney Jr. has been scouting since 2008. Over the past eight months, he independently fundraised $2,200 and recruited volunteers to build the project.
“Our dining rooms rely heavily on the food grown in our Urban Farms. It helps St. Vincent de Paul provide 4,000 meals each day,” explained Mesa Dining Room manager Mary Ann Ricketts. “The need for shade is vital and without protection the plants cannot thrive.”
Whitney partnered with a contractor, who donated his time and helped with the construction plans. Whitney led a group of 10 volunteers and in just two days, the team had built two shade structures, two picnic tables, several tool blocks, and purchased new gardening tools.
When asked why St. Vincent de Paul was chosen as the benefactors of this project, Whitney credited the relationship between the volunteers, the farm and the good it provides the community.
“The Mesa Dining Room centers around love,” Whitney explained. “The volunteers love the farm and the farm does genuine good in the community. I am honored to be a small part in helping the farm continue to do good for people in need.”