History

2009  One undergraduate intern, one UA faculty member, one High school teacher, one high school class, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona collaborate to support a school garden at Project More Charter High School

2010 Ten interns trained in garden maintenance, sustainable food production, and food systems politics at Project More, Ochoa Elementary, Manzo Elementary, and Borton Elementary to support their school gardens

2011 Twenty-two interns support the previous school gardens, minus Project More, and Drachman Montessori Magnet and community gardens Tucson Village Farm and Las Milpitas join the list of placement sites

2012 The Community and School Garden Workshop, a formal UA class is launched and trained interns are expected to design significant projects for their placement sites such as children’s books on gardening and planting calendars or science literacy projects with another site, Campo Urbano, added to the list of organizations served

2014 Approximately 50 interns per semester are placed in our partner sites which that year also included the Community Gardens of Tucson, Rincon Heights Community Garden, The Wildcat School and Roskruge Middle School

2015  The Community and School Garden Workshop course is currently cross listed in nine different departments spanning five colleges and donors are providing support to train teachers to use the gardens for experiential learning, expand infrastructure, link school sites to real world science experiments, and enable UA students to engage more directly and effectively with the Tucson community

2016 The CSGP team has added Moses Thompson, a coordinator between the UA and TUSD whose efforst support teachers to se school gardens for both healthy eating and learning; Morgan Apicella, a community Liaison, who brings the CSGP teacher training model to schools that are too far for UA interns to support, and; Michelle Coe, and environmental education coordinator who trains teachers and students to participate in hands on science, social science and art learning and enables them to collaborate with researches in the Tucson community and the UA.