In the middle of Tucson, there is a flourishing oasis: the Rincon Heights Community Garden, a joint venture between the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association and the University of Arizona, now standing for 11 years. What began as a dream has transformed into a vibrant community space, and as the garden thrives, they’re extending an invitation to new green thumbs.

The garden serves as more than just a plot of land; it provides an opportunity for community members to cultivate fruits and vegetables while offering students a hands-on experience with nature. KGUN 9’s Bri Pacelli recently spoke with Melody Peters, the dedicated coordinator of the Rincon Heights Community Garden, to delve into the initiative’s roots and discover how anyone can join this green movement.

Melody Peters, the Garden Coordinator, reveals that her dream of a community garden had been a lifelong aspiration.

“I had this dream of a community garden, and we brought it to the neighborhood association and the University of Arizona,” Peters explains, highlighting the collaborative effort that started the project.

After tireless work and collective dedication, the university offered a suitable site, and Peters’s dream materialized into the flourishing Rincon Heights Community Garden.

“The university actually offered us a site, and we have this wonderful space here,” she adds.

The garden has not only become a place for individual growth but also a hub for communal learning. Peters notes that students have utilized the space for classes, clubs, and special projects. While the local community actively participates, the garden is open to individuals from neighboring areas, fostering a sense of inclusivity.

“The neighborhood people do come and garden here, but we are open to people from other neighborhoods,” Peters said.

Peters envisions the garden evolving into a communal space where residents gather not only to nurture plants but can also gather as a community. Whether one is an experienced gardener or a novice, all are encouraged to participate.