Greetings! I’ve been a CGT gardener for more than 7 years, and a site coordinator for almost as long, first at Benedictine and now at Mary Meredith. Six months ago I joined the Board because I am passionate about Community Gardens of Tucson and believe in its future. I now have the privilege of connecting with the wider CGT community and sharing news on how your support strengthens this wonderful organization.
CGT gardeners and friends have been generous supporters ever since 1989, when the first garden was created by George Brookbank on a vacant lot donated by the Hand family. In 1995, Community Gardens of Tucson was officially formed, and thanks to donors, volunteers, grantors and gardeners, it has now grown to 21 gardens with more than 300 gardeners. Your donations have accomplished that and more.
Your support keeps the gardens flourishing, and this year, we are focusing on two important needs:
Our newest program, the "Kids in Gardens" elementary school education project, began with two schools. Now that news about it has spread, more are asking for help. These are Title 1 schools, serving mainly low income students. Your tax deductible gifts will help us provide educators, curriculum materials and school garden needs.
Our Scholarship Fund subsidizes the plot fees of nearly half our gardeners. Your tax deductible donations give members of the refugee community and folks with lower incomes access to fresh food, herbs, flowers, and community, no matter how much they can pay.
Our gardens grow in so many ways. Thank you for your support, past, present and future!