UA Garden Kitchen

The Garden Kitchen, located in the heart of South Tucson, is a seed-to-table nutrition education program of the University of Arizona’s Pima County Cooperative Extension. The program was established in fall of 2012, in partnership with the City of South Tucson, Pima County, and the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Their mission is to inspire and empower individuals with the skills and knowledge to make delicious and nutritious meals that foster healthy families and communities.  

The Garden Kitchen program is funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education (SNAP-Ed) grant. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

At The Garden Kitchen, seed-to-table nutrition education means that participants learn about every step of bringing a healthy meal to the kitchen table — from growing and purchasing to preparing and storing food. As a seed-to-table program, the program aims to increase families’ food security by teaching community members the basics of growing their own food as well as shopping on a budget.  The interactive and engaging classes aim to inspire community members of all skill levels to make healthy choices.  They pride themselves on promoting confidence through approachable skill-building lessons and entertaining instruction.

Where: The Garden Kitchen is located at 2205 S. 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713.

When: Summer, Fall and Spring. Scheduling is flexible, but required day is on Saturdays from 11:30am-4:00pm.

Contact:

 Please submit a resume and letter of recommendation to:  Sarah Marrujo - email: sarahmarrujo@email.arizona.edu

Positions Available:

Projects available (interns may participate in one or more of the projects listed below, and all projects must be completed 100% online) 

Community Educator

  • Intern will help conduct community nutrition lessons at an assigned site over zoom or other digital platform. 
  • Under the supervision of instructional specialists, the intern will develop and improve nutrition education and community outreach materials for a digital platform. 

Community Garden Education 

  • Gain experience in community gardening education to SNAP participants 
  • Learn to plan and implement nutrition education lesson plans intended for low-income community members, guided by the USDA health/nutrition recommendations via Zoom or other online platforms 
  • Help deliver informative and interactive community nutrition lessons using evidence-based curricula. 
  • Learn gardening best practices in support of TGK gardening program. 
  • Support community gardening and other environmental change efforts in the City of South Tucson and greater Pima County. 
  • Develop community outreach skills to promote The Garden Kitchen (TGK) programming and home/community gardening within Pima County at new and existing partnering organizations. 

Community Outreach Intern 

  • Under the supervision of instructional specialists, intern will create media releases for promotion of Garden Kitchen programming. 
  • Manage Garden Kitchen social media outlets and develop creative campaigns for community engagement for an online platform.  
  • Some projects we have in mind include creating a Q&A dialogue on our Facebook page and gathering participant testimonials for the website as well as creating direct education materials that can be posted to our social media sites. 

If none of these options sound interesting or students would like to participate in something else or have additional ideas, we are happy to work with prospective volunteers and interns to make the experience as positive an advantageous as possible.

Student Characteristics
Intern will assist in all facets of the program. Preferred qualifications:

  • A commitment of at least six hours per week.
  • Experience in community outreach or community-based work.
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, particularly when planning and implementing nutrition programming.
  • Able to complete tasks independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Experience working in a professional setting.
  • An interest in working with minority and low-income populations to reduce barriers to health around nutrition and physical activity.
  • An interest in collaborative program design, policy level work and/or recommendations, and systems change.

Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid Internship, school credit can be acquired. Benefits include educational and practical skills such as presentation skills, outreach experience, community education, coordinating small projects, relationship building, and event planning.