Attention, important information regarding the Youth Apprentice Program, summer session , for ages 13-15:

Dates and times for upcoming session

  • Saturday, May 9th, 8am-12pm
  • Saturday, May 16th, 8am-12pm
  • Memorial Day weekend (Saturday May 23rd) NO SESSION HELD
  • Saturday, May 30th 8am-12pm
  • Sunday, May 31st 8am-12pm followed by graduation celebration from 1pm-3pm

Learn More about the Marana Farm Youth Apprentice Program>>

Coatimondi Cat Club’s “Last Chance Cat Show” to Benefit Community Food Bank

The Coatimondi Cat Club’s “Last Chance Cat Show” on April 24, 25 and 26, 2009 will benefit the Community Food Bank. The event will take place at the Hotel Tucson City Center (formerly Inn Suites), 475 N. Granada.

This show will showcase domestic household pets as well as some well known breeds and some new breeds.

The hours on Friday, April 25th are from 4 to 9 PM. Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th the hours will be from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Attendees can save $1 on the price of one regular admission with a donation of canned food for the Community Food Bank.

For details on the Coatimondi Cat Show, check their Web site at

Tucson Coin and Autograph to Offer New Abraham Lincoln Cent for a Donation to the Community Food Bank

Tucson Coin & Autograph will offer ten new Abraham Lincoln Cents to the first 100 people who make at least a $5.00 donation to the Community Food Bank.  Tucson Coin & Autograph is located at 6470 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, Arizona 85704.

2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the US Mint is making four types of the Lincoln Cents available. This first of the series coin is available in limited quantity.

The Community Food Bank is in special need of help during these difficult economic times and for every $1 donated, the food bank can distribute $9 worth of food.

Tucson Coin & Autograph has the new Lincoln Cents available now at their location at 6470 N. Oracle Road.

For more information contact Brett Sadovnick at (520) 219-4427.

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive- Volunteers Needed!

The Community Food Bank desperately needs volunteers at area post offices to collect food donations from the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on Saturday, May 9, 2009.

Last year the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive collected over 334,000 pounds of food in one day.  This is the Community Food Bank’s largest of the year.

The main shift when help is needed is 2:00 PM to 6 PM, however there are some morning slots available. People may volunteer at a post office near their homes.

The following post offices need volunteers:

  • Oro Valley (1190 N. LaCanada), 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 8 people, 2:00 to 5:00 PM -10  people.
  • Mt. View Annex (7959 N. Thornydale), 12 to 2:30 PM, 6 people, 2:30 to 5:30 PM-30 people.
  • San Xavier (4700 W. Valencia), 1:00 to 5:00 PM – 8 people.
  • Mission (314 W. Valencia), 12:30 to 5:00 PM -15 people.
  • Rincon (1099 S. Pantano), 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – 10 people, 2:00 to 6:00 PM – 30 people.

Also needed are people willing to drive their own trucks to collect food that carriers cannot cover.

Volunteers transfer food from Letter Carriers’ trucks into semi-trailers.  There will be a Community Food Bank staff member at each location to serve as a “Team Captain.”  Groups and individuals are welcome

To volunteer, call the Community Food Bank Volunteer Manager at (520) 622-0525 x 204.

Global Youth Service Day at Marana Farm

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is a time in the year when we come together to focus the world’s attention on what young people are contributing every single day. During Global Youth Service Day, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement.

The Marana Farm is proud to participate in Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 25th! We have planned a variety of service projects, including planting in the Youth Garden, weeding, painting signs, and building pathways!
Projects will begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. From noon until 2 pm, join us for a community celebration of youth volunteerism and a presentation of service awards! We’ll fire up the cob oven in the Youth Garden and celebrate the day’s achievements!
Families and youth of all ages are welcome!

GYSD is organized by Youth Service America with the National Youth Leadership Council, Global Youth Action Network, and with thousands of partners in the U.S. and across the world. GYSD is held in over 100 countries in every region of the world!

What to Bring:
A water bottle
Close-toed shoes or boots
Sunscreen and a hat
Lightweight clothing appropriate for the sun (long-sleeves are better!)
A snack for yourself
A dish for the community potluck (optional)