Thursday, October 13, 2011

Public Invited to Community Garden and Tree Planting Ceremony St. John’s Church and Tierra y Libertad Organization

In the spirit of urban green living and creating communal spaces, Tierra Y Libertad Organization (TYLO) has teamed up with St. John the Evangelist Church & Parish School and Casa San Juan Migrant Center in the southside’s Wakefield neighborhood to create a school/community garden that will serve as a gathering point for families and students. The public is invited.

What: St. Johns school/community garden tree planting 
When: Thursday, October 20, 2011, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: St. Johns – 602 W. Ajo Way (Ajo/12th ave)

The garden is an important tool for environmental education, physical activity, and increased access to healthy food for children and families of the St. John’s community as well as for residents of the Wakefield Neighborhood.

The overall goal for the St. John’s school/community garden is to kick-off the creation of a multi-phased interdependent food producing system that creates links between established community gardens and co-op organizations that promote the production of locally produced foods and connecting neighborhood residents to the possibility of developing urban gardens (backyard gardens) that are socially relevant and culturally based.

The community will come together Thursday (10/20) morning to break ground on the garden by planting trees and speaking to students and families about the various phases of the garden. 

Founded in 2001, TYLO- (translates to land and freedom organization) is a grassroots organization based out of Tucson, Arizona, that promotes positive social change and a respect for land, people, and culture.TYLO focuses on building multiple examples of positive social change and community transformation in the barrios where most members live or grew up in. 

This community work has been made possible through a partnership between TYLO and St. Johns and funded or supported by Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters of Huntington, Indiana, Parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Roman Catholic diocese of Tucson, St. Vincent de Paul Tucson, Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, The Benedictine Sisters, St. Pius X Catholic Church, Durance Family Foundation, Community Food Bank of Southern AZ, Project Ayuda of Tucson, Every Voice In Action Foundation, PRO Neighborhoods, CPPW, Green for All and Resource Generation.