UA Community Garden

The 1,600-square foot, 45-bed UA Community Garden is open to students, employees, and community members. Throughout the fall and winter of 2011, students dug plant beds, installed irrigation systems and built a shed for garden tools. The garden has been divided into 45 plots measuring 20 feet by 3 feet. Students, community and faculty can rent plots for a fee of up to $70 per year. As of March 2012, all of the faculty spaces have been reserved, and only a handful of student plots and community plots remain. Since 2010, a UA Community Garden Internship has connected UA student interns with local schools and teachers to grow, build, and maintain school and community gardens. Currently, 24 graduate and undergraduate students work at seven Pima County schools and three community gardens. Interns also work with the Tucson Community Food Bank, which trains interns to design and construct sustainable gardens, suitable for Tucson’s environmental conditions, and provides the participating schools with gardening resources. Iskashitaa and SFS/UA Community Garden agree to a partnership which will increase nutritional food security for families and individuals coming to the UA Campus Pantry. Additionally, it will prevent food waste from occurring at the UA Community Garden by diverting specified crops into the hands of Iskashitaa.

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Highland Avenue Parking Garage The University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 85719

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Green Fund, Students for Sustainability, Facilities Management, Iskashitaa

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Students for Sustainability, ASUA, School of Geography and Development, Green Fund, Facilities Management, Compost Cats, Community Members, Staff and Faculty, Professors, Iskashitaa

Project Theme: 
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement
Urban Environment
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