Community Food Bank Launches Garden Mentor Program

The Community Food Bank’s Garden Mentor Program kicked-off with an orientation meeting on January 26 for 16 community members who have volunteered to work with a new gardener in their neighborhood.

“We spent the day getting to know each other, doing activities and role plays, and discussing our vision for the program and the network we will be creating,” said Brook Bernini, Garden Promotion Organizer for the Food Bank. “In late February, we will be linking the Mentors with gardeners in our Home Garden Cooperative. Mentors have committed to working with a new gardener for one year, supporting them as they gain the skills necessary to grow their own food.”

The goal is to partner Mentors with someone in their neighborhood. At least once a month, Mentors are expected to call or visit the new gardener’s home to provide advice, tips or hands-on help. The Food Bank provides Mentors with training and orientation, garden materials, and ongoing support during the mentorship process.

The Garden Mentor Program is being established as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative to prevent or reduce obesity through increased opportunities for improved nutrition and physical activity. Administered by the Pima County Health Department, CPPW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about the program, please contact Brook Bernini at (520) 622-0525 x 267 or