At TigerMountain Foundation, we use Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). That basically means we empower our community to help themselves.
To create, good, dependable workers through work in our gardens and on our landscaping crew.
Strengthen entrepreneurial knowledge
To teach micro-business enterprise by taking a vacant piece of land, or an idea and turning it into a business.
To teach basic financial skills like how to budget through growing, harvesting and selling produce.
How we’re cultivating lives
From the beginning of TigerMountain, gardening has been at the center. It brings people of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds together. But gardening at TigerMountain is more than just a pastime, it’s a classroom where we’re teaching life skills.
We have 4 community gardens throughout South Phoenix.
Some of the things going on at our gardens include:
- Residents plant, grow and harvest produce they can use in their home.
- Local youth, troubled teens and adults get paying jobs taking care of our gardens where they learn what it means to be a valued and dependable worker.
- We sell our produce at local farmer’s markets valleywide. Money is invested back into TigerMountain.
- Regular events are held at our gardens where we encourage residents to take an interest in the arts. The events feature live music, painting (and everything in between).
Our participants provide landscaping services to local residents and businesses. Through this program, they learn real on-the-job skills. And the services provide operating income for TigerMountain. 100% of the funds TigerMountain makes from landscaping and gardening are invested back into the community.
Landscaping services can include:
- Property cleanups
- Irrigations system installs and repairs
- Landscape design and installation
- Monthly landscape maintenance