Growing interest in Tucson Community Gardens

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – There is more than just fruit and vegetables in the community gardens around Tucson. There is one right behind Doolen Middle School where seeds now become food, nourishing the body and soul.

“I have some carrots and peas and spinach,” said Rosalind Zarr. Your garden is blooming. Zarr tells me that she came here at Doolen Community Garden during the pandemic last year.

“Well, I hardly go anywhere,” said Zarr. But this is a place she can turn to. “That was great. Makes me happy,” added Zarr.

“Gardening is only extremely therapeutic, both physically and mentally,” said Parker Filer. He is the chairman of the board of the Community Gardens of Tucson. Filer says he heard from gardeners like Zarr.

“For the past 12 months we’ve probably heard from our members. How beneficial it was to have these gardens in Tucson as a soft landing from a harsh reality,” said Filer.

Interest in community gardens is definitely growing. “Here in Tucson, there has been an increase in registration and applications to join our community garden. About 20% since last June.”

A haven for many and even an economic asset. “In these economically uncertain times, the gardens were a source of additional food production,” said Filer.

Don’t worry if you have no experience. The Community Gardens of Tucson offer monthly meetings and training.

“We definitely recommend mulching at this time of year to help maintain soil moisture and cool the roots of the plants,” Filer said. Learn and grow in multiple ways. “It’s a win, win,” said Rosalind.

Masks are required for those walking in community gardens. Click here to learn more about how to become a gardener or join the Adopt A Garden! Program for business.


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