The Foxtail Community Garden began in 2020 as a senior project and as a recipient of ASU’s Change Maker Grant. With the grant and help of the community, we transformed a vacant lot into a community garden that now has two raised communal beds, 16 personal plots, seasonal crop beds, and a teaching area. The Foxtail Community Garden is a small but growing community of ASU students, local neighbors, garden enthusiasts, and newbies alike, that are passionate about community, food sustainability, and biodiversity in urban areas.
The Garden is located at Tempe Church of Christ on Mill Avenue and is a part of the church’s Ecotheology program. Ecotheology describes an ecological approach to theology that emphasizes the necessity of a mutually benefiting relationship between humans, nonhuman beings, and the land. TCOC sees the garden as a way to practice good stewardship of the land and to be more socially embedded and helpful to the Tempe community.
Want to grow your own produce and learn seasonal skills? If yes, then check out the Garden Gnome Community document and reach out to us for plot availability.
At garden book club we expand our understanding of sustainability and communal responsibility through engaging books and discussion with each other.
This semester we’re exploring the vision of hope and social justice cast by Lisa Sharon Harper in the Very Good Gospel. Book club meets every other Sunday from 5 - 6:30PM.
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month to work on specific garden projects and tend to general garden maintenance. No experience or tools are needed!
The garden stand is apart of a nonprofit project throughout Arizona that offers free seeds, plants, and gardening supplies to the community. All items are donated by members of the community and and are free to the community. Find a gem for your garden or bring a donation for someone else to find!
The Foxtail Community Garden operates entirely off of community support. If you would like to donate financially to the garden you can here. If you have supplies or a skill you’d like to offer, email or DM us on Instagram!
View our calendar to discover upcoming opportunities to be a part of the excitement of the garden.
Through the Leadership Training Institute Kathryn serves as our Ecotheology Apprentice and is the current coordinator of the Foxtail Community Garden. Kathryn graduated with a Bachelor' Degree in Sustainability at ASU. She cares deeply for creation and helping us expand our role as caretakers of the earth. Kathryn is your first point of contact if you have any questions about the garden or would like to be involved in any capactity. Contact Kathryn at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possiblities!
Jordyn Patterson is a senior at ASU pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Sustainability with a focus on sustainable ecosystems. This semester she is working with Foxtail as a community garden sustainability intern. Growing up, Jordyn and her family spent much of their time outdoors and exploring. This left her with an appreciation and love for nature, which turned into a passion for sustainability. Jordyn is excited to gain experience and knowledge from the garden as well as learn how to serve the community to see it healthy and thriving.