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The Summer 2014 Newsletter is here. Check out what’s happening with your gardening community.

CGT Summer 2014 Newsletter

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Master Gardener Workshop: Read the Leaves, What’s Bugging Your Plants

On August 9th the Tucson Master Gardeners will offer a workshop exclusively for Community Gardeners of Tucson gardeners. The half-day workshop will include presentations by master gardeners on integrated pest management. Join the hands-on workshop in identifying pests and learn how to deter their devestation. Seating is limited so please register early. Pre-registration rates through August 6 are $10. Onsite registration of $12 is at 8:30am on the event day.

The event will begin at 9:00am and will be held at the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension on Campbell Road just south of River Road.

Download and send in the Master Gardener Workshop Registration Form to ensure your place!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Community Gardens of Tucson is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator

If you enjoy working with people and want to promote the mission of CGT, we invited you to apply for the Volunteer Coordinator position. This position is non-paid but its reward is in working with volunteers in our community to create thriving gardens through our work parties, Open House Garden Parties, and community events. A full description of the job responsibilities can be found here.

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Building Community Through Gardening

A community garden is a place where neighbors come together to grow vegetables or flowers on a shared piece of land. The land is usually lent to us by a church, school or private land owner at no charge for use as a garden space. Separate garden plots, usually measuring about 3′ x 20′, are made available to individuals and families in the neighborhood. A drip irrigation system is installed to supply water to the plants. Each gardener pays a monthly fee which pays for the water bills, irrigation equipment, a quarterly newsletter, and a shed full of tools.  The gardener usually only needs to supply plants/seeds and soil amendments. Monthly garden meetings are held where gardeners have a chance to learn more about their plants by hearing from a local gardening expert. The newsletter provides gardening tips and information about garden activities.

What Are The Benefits?

* Healthy, tasty, fresh vegetables grown without pesticides
* Community building by bringing families and neighbors together
* A peaceful outdoor space to spend time
* Opportunity for exercise and increased activity
* Beginners and experts alike can share their knowledge (and their harvest)
* Teaches both children and adults about the lives of plants
* Turns otherwise vacant land into a thriving community resource

Who Is Community Gardens of Tucson?

CGT is an all-volunteer nonprofit group devoted to promoting health, knowledge, joyfulness and a sense of community by helping Tucson residents establish and maintain neighborhood vegetable and flower gardens. It is made up of gardening experts, novices, homeowners and volunteer coordinators.

Our Mission Statement

The all-volunteer nonprofit Community Gardens of Tucson establishes and maintains community gardens and provides ongoing education that enables Tucson residents to grow food successfully and sustainably in garden communities within their neighborhoods.

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