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Local business creates tire garden for neighborhood

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Maybe you think an old, worn, or blown-out tire has seen the end of it's useful life. Well not so fast, says one Valley business.

Across the street from the Community Tire Pros and Auto Repair store in downtown Phoenix store lies a garden.

But it's not just any garden - it's the Community Tire Salsa Garden. Once an empty lot, the business believed they could find a use for old tires and help the community at the same time.

The hope is for it to become a sustainable garden that proves beneficial to residents in the neighborhood for years to come.

"It'll be a learning-teaching garden. As they volunteer, depending on how many hours they work in the garden, is what they will take out in produce, in the vegetables," said Community Tire Co-owner Pat Fleischmann.

"When we saw this, we thought 'great,' they're doing something constructive, and something beneficial for the community and we liked it," said neighborhood resident Cora Busto.

More than 100 residents from the neighborhood showed up for the grand opening of the grounds, which has now been going strong for four months and produced more than 100 pounds of vegetables.

One of the thoughts, down the road, is for it to become a barter garden.

"We have a lot of people that have gardens in their own backyard. But what they have, we may not have and vice versa. Come in on a day that we barter everything out. Maybe you need more tomatoes and I need more onions, and it'll be a fun thing," added Fleischmann.

Fleischmann said that more than 40 percent of the available land in Phoenix is empty, vacant lots. She'd love to see other businesses, particularly those in the automotive industry, help clean them up and give back to the communities they serve.

To learn more about the Community Tire Salsa Garden or to make a donation, click here.

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