Thank you for your generous donations which will ensure

Darlene Schacht’s legacy lives on.

With the passing of Darlene Schacht on February 11, 2022, we have lost a bright and steady light and the world is a bit dimmer. Darlene, who with George Brookbank established Community Gardens of Tucson in the early 1990’s, saw hope and opportunity where others saw obstacles and pitfalls.  Through Darlene’s perseverance, determination, good will, and sense of community, what began as a vacant plot near 1st Avenue and Limberlost was formally incorporated as a nonprofit in 2009. Today, CGT is thriving with 17 community gardens and hundreds of gardeners in diverse neighborhoods throughout the city.

Darlene’s vision of providing all individuals and families – regardless of socioeconomic status, age, experience, ethnicity or heritage – a seat at the table so that they could grow fresh, nutritious food for the table is alive and well.  Indeed, it is because of Darlene’s passion for gardening and deep appreciation for the magic that happens when growing one’s own food that Tucson is today a richer, greener and gentler City in which to live.

Those who knew Darlene will always remember her infectious laughter, her ability to listen and reflect rather than speak, her love and compassion for the natural world – even when it involved moles and voles munching on her lettuce and broccoli, and her relentless drive and support for the organization she brought to life, Community Gardens of Tucson.

Prior to her passing, Darlene asked that contributions be made to Community Gardens of Tucson so that her legacy will endure and her light continue to burn brightly. We gratefully have provided this donation form to fulfill her request.

If you don’t feel comfortable paying online, we welcome checks payable to Community Gardens of Tucson. Our address is 5049 E Broadway, Suite 300 Tucson, AZ 85711. Thank you!