The idea of a community garden for South Tempe began when Pam Smyth and Alex Prescott teamed up to dream and research together in the summer of 2010. They approached Deena Gasca and she enthusiastically embraced the use of land for a community garden.
More than 20 people came to the initial meeting on November 17, 2010, and from the very first meeting, there was great enthusiasm for the community and gardening.
From FiGG's inception, serving, educating, and giving to our community has been a key emphasis. Our garden has seven beds dedicated to producing food for the community through our contributions to Tempe Community Action Agency's food pantry and the Kyrene Family Resource Center. We invite children from the YMCA, Scouts, and public schools to participate in educational programs at the garden.
We have transformed a vacant lot into a beautiful garden that stands as a testament to many hard-working, dedicated, and creative individuals. It is not just a garden, but a gathering place of learning, serving, and friendship.
Friends in Gasca Gardens (FiGG) seeks to cultivate:
Food & Service
We choose to feed our families fresh, organic, locally-grown produce. A portion of the garden bounty is given to Tempe Community Action Agency’s food bank and the Kyrene Family Resource Center.
FIGG gives neighbors the opportunity to work side-by-side toward a common goal.
Education and experience of our local youth is a primary goal for our garden outreach.
We choose to employ organic gardening methods and maintain a low carbon footprint.