Moderator: Lucy Wilson, PhD, AV Sustainability Committee

Monday, April 19, 2021,

2:30-4:00 pm,

a Zoom webinar*

The Sustainability Committee is exploring the possibility of establishing a community garden here in the Academy Village. The Committee believes that a community garden in The Village can be a source for working and learning together to grow vegetables, fruits and ornamentals. Thus, the Committee has planned this webinar with three panelists to inform residents from their experience in implementing and operating gardens at Mission Garden, Civano Community Garden and Rincon Heights Community Garden. They will answer questions such as what the challenges were to get started, what are the challenges to maintain support, how are the gardens managed, and how up-front funding was developed. The Sustainability Committee will follow up on this webinar with a survey to residents to assess the interest of the community in developing a community garden here in The Village.


Jerome West (far right) lecturing at Mission Garden.

Jerome West, Volunteer Docent for Mission Garden:

Jerome West has been an amateur gardener since childhood.  During a professional career of teaching and providing investment advice, he always found time for an orchard or a vegetable plot.  Upon moving to Tucson, Mission Garden just naturally drew him in, and he became a docent, leading tours weekly, as well as being an avid gardener.



Bob Small

Bob Small, Community Garden Liaison to Civano Board: 

A retired organic chemist, Bob and his wife fell in love with Tucson and moved to Civano in 2004. Bob quickly learned that the desert southwest presents unique gardening challenges, including two distinct growing seasons, challenging soil conditions and a dry climate. Bob has three sustainable garden plots at his house and has also rented two-and-a-half raised garden plots in the Civano Community Garden.  




Melody Peters

Melody Peters, Coordinator for Rincon Heights Community Garden:

For five generations, relatives of Tucson artist Melody Peters have lived in Rincon Heights.  Melody was involved in the establishment of the Rincon Heights Community Garden and currently serves as its coordinator.  She has been gardening in Tucson for 41 years and is an active member of Tucson Organic Gardeners. She is a contributor to newsletters and educational resources for the organization.



Written by Denice Smith and Norm Scott, Academy Village Volunteers

*For access to the webinar, please write


Apr 19: “A Community Garden at The Academy Village?”