The Pima County Master Gardener program provides technical assistance to a wide range of educational organizations and institutions. Below is a brief description of current partnerships.
The Garden Kitchen - The Garden Kitchen, located at 2205 S 4th Avenue in South Tucson, is a health education program established in partnership with the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Pima County Cooperative Extension, City of South Tucson, and Pima County. This seed to table program provides an interactive, hands-on environment for children and adults to learn the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. Pima County Master Gardeners provide technical assistance to Garden Kitchen staff on the planting, maintenance and harvesting of edible plants from their raised beds as well as the planting and maintenance of the surrounding landscaping. Master Gardeners also work with Garden Kitchen staff to help develop, and teach if desired, curriculum for various gardening workshops for the public.
Tumacacori Mission Gardens - The Pima County Master Gardener program works in conjunction with the National Historic Park staff and interpreters of the Tumacacori Mission to maintain a five-acre Kino Heritage orchard consisting of 64 quince, pomegranate and fig trees. Work in the orchard consists of planting, pruning, composting, fertilizing and pest management. The committee also works with Park personnel to maintain the Visitor Center Courtyard Garden. In addition to maintaining the heritage plants at the site, Master Gardeners work with Park personnel to develop interpretative and educational opportunities around these plants for the public.
Juvenile Courtyard Garden - Located inside the detention facility at Pima County Juvenile Court is a courtyard garden with raised beds and potted plants. This garden was developed for the enjoyment and education of children who are detained. Pima County Master Gardeners provide an interactive, hands-on environment for children to educate them about gardening, including planting, growing, and harvesting fruits and vegetables, as well as learning about insects and the nutritional benefits of eating the foods the children have grown. Master Gardeners work with Pima County Juvenile Detention to develop the Courtyard Garden into a welcoming and inviting green space for children in an otherwise sterile environment.
Tucson Village Farm - TVF is a working urban farm built by and for the youth of the Tucson community. It is a 4-H program through the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Pima County Cooperative Extension. The goal of TVF is to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices. The Pima County Master Gardeners assist with educational programming efforts of delivering a seed-to-table curriculum. TVF offers year-round instructional hands-on programs for youth of all ages, as well as programs for the community and families. TVF serves urban youth from all socio-economic backgrounds; however, they focus on low-income, at-risk populations. The farm serves as a safe urban location where youth can come to be outdoors and engage in physical activity while contributing to and participating in local food production, preparation, and consumption.
Tubac Presidio Historic State Park - Arizona's first state park is operated in a unique collaboration between the state, local volunteers, and community donors. Site of the first European community in Arizona, the park offers an underground archeological exhibit, a museum, and three National Register buildings all set in about eleven acres. A Pima County Master Gardener committee advises and assists with the botanical enhancement of the park, seeking to complement the historic and educational impact of the Presidio. Garden areas are designed to acquaint visitors with various plant species and enliven the portrayal of Presidio life in earlier times. Emphasis is placed on using native or desert-adapted drought-tolerant plants, featuring plants of ethno-botanical importance for native Americans and settlers, plants of historic relevance, and plants demonstrating the seasonally changing colors of Arizona's desert. To date the Master Gardeners have installed five underground irrigation systems and 200 plants, with future plans to plant trees and shrubs around the Rojas residence and create an inviting living museum display.