Turn surplus produce into public art


Gardeners and fruit tree owners; please donate to a special public art fundraiser planned for the Globe-Miami Farmers Market on Sept. 9.

Do you need a place to rehome surplus squash from your garden, an overabundance of apples, ripe tomatoes or pears from your tree? Whether you donate fresh produce or purchase from our booth on Sept. 9, you’re helping raise money for a worthy local cause; more public art in the form of a huge mural on the Safeway wall and additional whimsical Gila monsters hidden around the downtown.

I Art Globe (IAG) is an all-volunteer group that has brought over 60 public art pieces and events to Globe, including the creation of the Stairizona Trail, over the past 2 ½ years. Formerly an initiative of the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, IAG is now under the umbrella of a new local nonprofit called Love Where You Live. If you’ve enjoyed the new vivid murals downtown, decorated staircases and 13 mini painted Gila monsters, you’ve seen some of the handiwork of IAG.

Having invested over $90,000 of grant funds to bring hope back to our community after the pandemic, IAG wants to raise additional funds to continue enhancing our community through art and great public spaces. This fundraiser will sell top of the line fruit and vegetables to individuals who will be asked to pay what they can for the treats.

Volunteers are seeking donated local Grade-A fruit, veggies, herbs, eggs, potted plants, or baked goods and homemade preserves (with ingredients labeled, please!) to sell at a fundraising booth at the Globe Farmers Market on Sept. 9. Will you have produce aplenty that you’d like to deliver during the days before Sept. 9? To arrange a delivery or a donation meetup, please call or text Thea at (928) 200-8733.