Veronica Simon
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Veronica is an all but native Tucsonan.  Although she’s lived her almost all of her life, only in the past few years has she realized that people can garden here successfully!  Her love of gardening started as an AmeriCorps Volunteer at Tucson Village Farm and has brought her to Community Gardens of Tucson.  Veronica is looking forward to helping Community Gardens of Tucson grow and hopes to see you all in the gardens!


Jessica Paul
Garden Technician

Jessica is a 3rd generation Tucsonan whose love of gardening started in her grandmother’s garden when she was a little girl. Her passion for gardening was peaked after reading Brad Lancaster’s book, Rainwater Harvesting for the Drylands. She has spent the last 8 years cultivating that passion in her own garden and occasional volunteering with Brad Lancaster, Community Food Bank garden, Watershed Management Group and the garden class at Ha:san Preparatory. She also studied Environmental Science at Pima College and the University of Arizona for 2 years. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Community Gardens and looks forward to meeting everyone. Johnny, Jessica’s budding 5 year-old gardener, is also looking forward to assisting his mom and meeting the CGT community.

Cara Ryan

Cara moved to Tucson from Illinois in 1980. Cara and her husband, Sean, enjoy gardening at their home and spending time with our two granddaughters. She is also active in animal rescue and currently foster dogs for several local rescues.