Farming is a responsibility that has been practiced by both the O’odham and Piipaash for thousands of years. Today farming is no longer a way of life for most people in the community. The Community Garden Program was established to educate our people on the importance of traditional agricultural practices, the indigenous foods and revitalizing this way of life.
To ensure the survival and continued use of plants historically gathered by the O’odham and Piipaash
To revitalize and maintain traditional community farming knowledge and associated cultural values
To utilize traditional and modern techniques to reestablish farming/gardening as a regular practice in the lives of community members
To contribute to a healthier community
The Seed Bank
The Community Garden Program acquires, propagates and preserves a diverse collection of seeds to support the continued survival of native and traditional plant varieties. These seeds are made available to community members who want to establish their own home gardens and personal seed banks.
Community and Demonstration Garden
Our Program maintains a Community Garden for a number of important reasons:
Education and Outreach
On a limited basis, the Community Garden staff assists Community members with establishing home gardens. We do not provide any maintenance services.
The Community Garden is a resource for homeowners. The garden showcases a variety of design examples that Community Members may incorporate on their own.
Traditional varieties of seed are offered to community members to help start their own seed banks (based on availability at the time).
Resources like book lists, plant charts, and seed sources are also available.
Everyone is welcome to visit, please call (480) 362-6325 for time schedule.
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