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
Darren Chapman, CEO of TigerMoutain Foundation, welcomes visitors to the Garden of Tomorrow in South Phoenix in Arizona.
TigerMountain Foundation empowers people by building flourishing community gardens and through our multi-ethnic and multi-generational Garden and Landscape/Agriscaping Initiatives. We mentor participants thru an active and healthy eating lifestyle, completion of goals and a Personal Strategy Roadmap, and transition them into workforce development skills preparing them to earn a living wage.
During 2018 we mentored over 1100 participants plus their families meanwhile reaching thousands more through events and speaking engagements.
This video was taken recently by a teen participant at our Spaces of Opportunity, one of our gardens built on a vacant lot in the middle of a food desert so it allows this economically disadvantaged area to have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Please join us in reaching even more of these at risk youth and adults to elevate them within their communities allowing TigerMountain to positively impact their lives forever.
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.
- TMF's 2nd and 4th Saturdays feature an eclectic mix of experiential and service learning gardening/incubator farming with audio, visual and performance arts. TMF prides itself on unearthing the incredible diamonds of talent that are found in the local and metro talent of our youth, adult and senior attendees. A great time to be had by youth of all ages.
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