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Medicine Garden Cultivator

Start date: Ongoing
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New Roots Tucson supports refugee food security and aids in their transition to the community through gardening, nutrition education, local food access initiatives and small business farming. The medicine garden cultivator would assist in establishing sustainable desert herbal plant beds, water catchment, and native plants to integrate with ongoing projects at Literacy Garden. The volunteer can cultivate for personal use, take home vegetables as available, and teach herbal medicine classes to participants.


  • Create herbal medicine beds at Literacy Garden; using plants appropriate and sustainable for the urban desert environment as well as culturally appropriate for refugee gardeners.
  • Assist in maintaining perennial plants of the garden
  • Maintain compost to be used for New Roots garden and herb beds
  • Develop and implement learning opportunities for refugee gardeners, with assistance from New Roots Staff


  • Great Attitude; Enjoy getting hands dirty and being out in nature!
  • Familiarity with growing vegetables and herbs in the Sonoran desert
  • Familiarity with water harvesting techniques and permaculture
  • Able to lift tools and other garden supplies (~30lbs)
  • Can reliably access public transport or have own transportation to garden sites
  • Donation of $50 to cover the cost of the background check
  • Submit volunteer hours on a monthly basis.
  • Donation of $50 to cover the cost of the background check

Learning opportunities:

  • Sustainable agriculture methods in urban environments
  • Global farming methods
  • Local food marketing
  • Food justice and food system methodologies as related to refugees and immigrants
  • Skills to educate those of diverse backgrounds and multiple languages


  • 2 hours a week
  • Availability in evening hours for workshops, early mornings during summer months

Locations: Literacy Garden 200 E Yavapai Rd and IRC Office