About Us 

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a stronger, healthier, more vibrant Tucson through our community gardens and partnerships.

Our Mission

Our mission is to build community gardens where Tucsonans grow food, work and learn together, and nurture well-being in our communities.

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Always Learning

We share, learn, and grow with one another: this is the heart of community gardening.


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Everyone is welcome

We commit to community gardening that is equitable, inclusive and accessible to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status or ability. We are equally committed to doing everything we can to help eliminate bias, discrimination, and intolerance in our gardens.

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Better Together

We create shared gardening experiences that bring enjoyment, friendships, and a greater sense of community.


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Sustaining The Environment

We use natural methods that help protect and preserve our environment and benefit ecosystems through organic gardening practices, creating pollinator habitats, and conserving water.

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Improve Food Resiliency

We enable Tucsonans and their families to increase healthy food access by growing and producing food together.


Generation To Generation

We create a space for sharing knowledge, cultures, and traditions between generations of gardeners.


Our Roots

 In 1990, George Brookbank, a University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent, and Darlene Schacht, a Master Gardener,  created a program to teach gardening using hands-on experience on a vacant lot near 1st Avenue adn Limberlost in collaboration with the Hand family. Five years later, George and Darlene with the help of dedicated Master Gardeners, established the Community Gardens of Tucson as an independent volunteer organization. In 2009, CGT became a 501 (c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation. More than thirty years after its founding, Community Gardens of Tucson continues to grow and now has 17 gardens throughout Tucson.

Land Acknowledgement

Community Gardens of Tucson acknowledges that the lands on which we garden are the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Hohokam, the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui peoples who have been living and farming on this land for thousands of years.

We are grateful to learn from the desert farming practices these Indigenous peoples have developed through the centuries.

We recognize the historical injustices perpetrated on Indigenous people and that colonialism is still an ongoing process and are mindful of our own participation.

We honor and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the Indigenous people of the Tucson Basin.

Our Team

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Start a New Garden

Community Gardens of Tucson works in partnership with neighborhoods, churches, government agencies and private entities to develop new community gardens. CGT can provide technical assistance and guidance for the construction of new gardens.  CGT will manage new gardens if they meet specific criteria:

  • Land must be available for the garden, free of charge and for a period no less than 5 years.

  • The property must be relatively flat with few trees and enough space to site a minimum of 16 (3’ x 20’) garden beds.

  • There must be strong community support for the new garden evidenced by a list of people committed to gardening in the new garden.

  • The neighborhood or community must raise a significant portion of the cost of the new garden and must provide willing and able volunteers to build the garden.

  • The garden must be open to the public and not limited to a specific group or population.

If your group or organization can meet these criteria, please contact us to discuss building a new community garden in your neighborhood.

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Contact Us For More Information

The Community Gardens of Tucson welcomes inquiries about activities in our gardens.

Media inquiries should be sent to admin@communitygardensoftucson.org.