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Community Gardens of Tucson

March 25, 2024
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Gillian Paine-Murrieta, Board Chair

In this week’s episode, The Nonprofit Spotlight shines on Gillian Paine-Murrieta, Board Chair for the Community Gardens of Tucson.

In 1990, George Brookbank, a University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent, and Darlene Schacht, a Master Gardener, created a program to teach gardening using hands-on experience on a vacant lot near 1st Avenue and Limberlost in collaboration with the Hand family. Five years later, George and Darlene with the help of dedicated Master Gardeners, established the Community Gardens of Tucson as an independent volunteer organization.

In 2009, CGT became a 501 (c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation. More than thirty years after its founding, Community Gardens of Tucson continues to grow and now has 20 gardens throughout Tucson.

 

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