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 support school gardens at Project More, Ochoa Elementary, Manzo Elementary, and Borton Elementary

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

2012 The Community and School Garden Workshop, a formal UA class is launched and trained interns learn to design and implement 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 sites 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 cross listed in ten different units spanning five colleges and donors are provide 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 adds Moses Thompson, a coordinator between the UA and TUSD whose efforst support teachers to use school gardens for both healthy eating and learning; Morgan Apicella, whose GUEST (Gardening and Urban Ecology Support for Teachers) Program brings the CSGP teacher training model to schools that are too far for UA interns to support, and; Michelle Coe, whose SEEC (Supporting Environment, Education and Community) program trains teachers and students to participate in hands on science, social science and art learning and enabling them to collaborate with researchers in the Tucson community and the UA

2017 CSGP serves eighteen low income schools in the Tucson Unified School District, two in the Sunnyside Unified School District and three community gardens