UA Community and School Garden Workshop Course 497F/597F
Course aim: This course places UA students in Tucson community and school gardens that serve under-resourced populations. In addition to supporting the garden, you are expected to meet as a class weekly to discuss readings/films/news on urban agricultural issues in the US. There is no course fee.
Time commitment: You must register for a minimum of 3 units. For each unit of registration you are expected to commit 3 hours per week of time to your garden site. You may take up to 6 units each semester. Do the math in order to determine how much time, realistically, you can commit to this course.
Location of gardens: Most of the gardens are fairly close to the university. Many students ride bikes to the gardens for their internship hours. You will be matched with a garden that best suits your skills and interests, as well as your and the sites’ schedules and location.
Registering: You will need to decide in which cross-listing department you wish to register your units
CPH 497F/597F Public Health
ENVS 497F/597F Environmental Science
GEOG 497F/597F Geography and Development
LAS 497F/597F Latin American Studies
NTS 497F/597F Nutrition
PLS 497F/597F Plant Science
STCH 497F/597F Science Teaching
SWES 497F/597F Soil, Water, and Environmental Science
TLS 497F/597F Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies
Logistics: Once you are registered you will be contacted by either Morgan Apicella or Joseph Patton and asked for your course and work schedule in order to determine your open times and how these might mesh with a collaborating school or community garden. Morgan and Joseph visit garden sites weekly checking in with teachers and with you to make sure all is going well.
Gardening Skills: You will be receiving formal instruction on how to design and maintain a garden in the desert environment as well as related skills around composting, irrigation and water harvesting, and general service learning practices and obligations. Other in-class sessions will include discussions about sustainability, children in the garden, food and culture, social and environmental justice, among others.