The strength of TigerMountain Foundation | Arizona

The growth of Tiger Mountain Foundation

The strength of TigerMountain Foundation

The first few steps

Darren Chapman grew up in Phoenix and Los Angeles during the 1970s, going to school in both cities for half of the year. Darren was caught between two cities. But for Chapman, it was not much of an issue. Getting a nice long ride on to and between school and back was always enjoyable. “I would sit and look out those windows and go, ‘Wow, man. Look at all of that — just land. Birds swooping’,” he said. “For me, it was the coolest thing in the world.”

For most of Darren Chapman’s life, now 55, he felt that there were only two options for him in life. He could either make A name for himself in the rough neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Or he could create and help build up the community. Even though he was almost sure that he would never be fully accepted into it anyways.

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TigerMountain Foundation Offers The Best Volunteer Opportunities In Phoenix, AZ

The Best Volunteer Opportunities

TigerMountain Foundation Offers The Best Volunteer Opportunities In Phoenix, AZ

During these tumultuous times, many people want to become a part of their community and offer a helping hand. The Phoenix community depends on volunteers to empower the community and make it a better place. TigerMountain Foundation is a non-profit organization in Phoenix that produces community gardens and sustainable food options. We offer some of the best volunteer opportunities in Phoenix, AZ.

Why You Should Volunteer at TigerMountain Foundation

Are you someone who loves the outdoors? Do you have a “green thumb” or an affinity for landscaping? If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of a community garden, there are opportunities right in your community. You might be feeling inspired to roll up your sleeves and make an impact in the greater Phoenix community. Being a volunteer at TigerMountain Foundation means that you’ll be part of something bigger than yourself. When you volunteer with us, you will:

  1. Learn how to grow produce that is free of chemicals
  2. Learn about the importance of good nutrition
  3. Develop a strong with an ethic
  4. Gain entrepreneurial and financial knowledge
  5. Understand how to work as a team with others from different backgrounds

It Takes A Community To Make A Garden Flourish

TigerMountain Foundation depends on volunteers like you to make a difference. Our volunteers are from different backgrounds and walk of life. Many of our volunteers are at-risk youth and adults who want to help out the community. Our volunteer teams work in challenged communities where there are high rates of incarceration, poor health choices, and a low-ranking education system.

The TigerMountain Foundation (TMF) plants fruits & veggies while cultivating better communities. This is done through community garden volunteer work. Our multi-cultural, inter-generational Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) means we don’t give a handout, we give the community a hand up.

It’s a Place To Learn and Share

Even if you have little to no experience with gardening and landscaping, you shouldn’t let this deter you from volunteering. Anyone can get started with community gardening. You’ll work with seasoned volunteers who will show you how to weed, pick up trash, build irrigation systems, maintain gardens, and prune trees. Not only will you learn the basics of gardening, but you’ll build friendships along the way with other volunteers. Our team likes to have fun and share laughs while they are hard at work.

Gardening Has Many Benefits On Your Well Being

Not only are you helping the community, but gardening and landscaping also has some amazing physical and mental benefits. For starters, you’ll be getting a great workout, between raking, weeding, and planting. Outdoor activities like gardening boost your Vitamin D and improve your heart health.

Gardening is also a great stress reliever, mood booster, and improves self-esteem. Many of us who live busy lives forget what it’s like to be connected with nature and living things. When you get your hands dirty, you’ll gain a heightened awareness and appreciation of all living organisms.

How We Empower Communities To Help Themselves

At TigerMountain Foundation, we don’t just plant fruits and vegetables. We cultivate better communities through co-op gardens in Phoenix, AZ. Here are just a few ways that we empower the community:

  1. Restore pride in a community through the beautification of vacant lots.
  2. Inspire people to volunteer and engage in their community.
  3. Provide youth the skills they need to prepare them for employment—and a better life.
  4.  Provide people on-the-job opportunities through landscaping, planting in community gardens, and selling and marketing what they grow at farmers’ markets.

Volunteer Opportunities in Phoenix, AZ with TigerMountain Foundation

At TigerMountain Foundation, we have month-long volunteer events that you can attend. You can visit the Activities page to view our events and choose a date that works best for your schedule. Here are a few upcoming Volunteer Opportunities that you can look out for Fourth Saturday TMF Experience June 27 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come and Celebrate volunteering in the community at Spaces of Opportunity on the 4th Saturday of each month.

There will be lots of things to do and learn from multiple Organizations. Including a conversation relevant to living, working, and supporting our community. Light stretching to get ourselves ready to do some gardening tasks. A Healthy Roots demo and a Free Lunch. Throughout the morning there will be music and maybe some dancing.

Tour the TMF Gardens (Various Dates)

You’ll work with the TigerMountain Foundations participants in maintaining their community gardens. We meet at the Garden of Tomorrow and do some light weeding, harvesting, and planting. Then typically we go to our kitchen to prep and clean produce for our Farmers Markets. Then we go to the Spaces of Opportunity Garden and do a bit more weeding, harvesting, and planting in the TMF plots or Community Garden areas.

Help In the Community Garden (Various Dates)

Volunteers will be working in the Spaces of Opportunity Garden. We will be doing various projects to build out and maintain the garden areas. Activities could include weeding, picking up trash, building irrigation systems, building, and maintaining garden paths, Punning trees, and having some fun while engaging in our community with a healthy lifestyle initiative.

About Our Volunteer Process

Volunteers at TigerMountain Foundation are required to fill out a volunteer signup form when you register for each volunteer event. These forms include consent and release agreement and a waiver of liability. For volunteers under the age of 18, you will need a parent or guardian signature.

TigerMountain Foundation Non-Profit Organization in Phoenix, AZ

At TigerMountian Foundation, our mission is to empower communities to better themselves from within. This is done through community gardening. We empower others by building community gardens, providing job skills, support, and workforce development through neighborhood revitalization and beautification.

TigerMountain Foundation CEO Darren Chapman and many staff were formerly incarcerated and lived in the same Phoenix neighborhoods that we serve. We believe in social and economic mobility, and our strategies encourage adults and youth through our landscaping initiatives alongside capable, hard-working professionals who encourage and mentor them every step of the way.

Volunteer with TigerMountain Foundation by visiting our Activities page where you will find timeslots for volunteering. You can also make a donation to us through Fry’s Food Stores when you connect your loyalty card to TigerMountain Foundation. TigerMountain Foundation has also partnered with AmazonSmile, where a percentage of your purchases goes back to TMF. For questions or concerns about volunteering, call 602-687-7725, or send us a message here. Learn more about our organization at www.tigermountainfoundation.org.

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Gardening Celebration in the Desert | Phoenix Community Events

Phoenix community garden

Phoenix Community Garden Celebration

Hello Friends! Join us at Tiger Mountain Foundation as we will be holding a special Phoenix community garden celebration Saturday, June 11th. We will also be hosting our garden session from 8 am-11:30 am. Which includes garden volunteering, a community performance, a meal, and also a donation-based produce stand. Our Donation stand will be featuring vegetables grown within our own garden! Packed with all the fun of gardening and celebrating the community. Additionally, at Tiger Mountain Foundation, we plan on making our community a fun, happy, and safe place to grow together. For more information on Tiger Mountian Foundation, please visit TigerMountainfoundation.org.

About TigerMountain Foundation

We Don’t Just Plant Fruits & Vegetables. We Cultivate Better Communities. This is through Co-Op Gardens in Phoenix, AZ.

Our mission is simple: To empower communities to better themselves from within. We do this through community garden volunteer work through Co-Op gardens in Phoenix, AZ and landscaping initiatives. In South Phoenix, and other challenged communities where we work, there are high rates of incarceration, poor health choices, and also a low ranking education system. So how do we combat these challenges? Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). That just means we don’t give a handout, we give the community a hand up. 
 
The TigerMountain Foundation (TMF) plants fruits & veggies while cultivating better communities. Above all, this is done through community garden volunteer work. Overall, our multi-cultural, inter-generational Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) means we don’t give a handout, we give the community a hand up.
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Spaces of Opportunity | Phoenix, AZ | TigerMountian Foundation

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Spaces of Opportunity Garden Phoenix

Here at Tiger Mountain Foundation, we make it our goal to help our local community become great and grow together as one. We work with Spaces of Opportunity Garden Phoenix. That said our community garden helps those who are in need. The TigerMountain Foundation reverses problems through our community gardens and landscaping initiatives. These initiatives teach practical life skills to kids, adults, and seniors, keeping them out of jail, and improving their lives and community.

The Tiger Mountian Foundation empowers the community to help itself as well as bringing our fruits and veggies to local farmer’s markets. Our multi-cultural, inter-generational Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) means we don’t give a handout, we give the community a hand up.

Agriscaping, What is it?

Agriscaping with Tiger Mountain is truly an incredible experience. But first, let’s go over the basics of Agriscaping. Agriscaping is also a foundation of a landscape that creatively and elegantly integrates elements of productive agriculture. So, it does this by means of growing produce (edible fruits, vegetables, and herbs). Also, it could be growing other useful plants to reduce useless consumption, landfill waste, and water usage.

We have been proud to help our communities GROW. TigerMountain’s mission is to improve local food access & sustainability by transforming landscapes into elegant, edible food gardens. These can also be easily managed with the help of online tools, education, and professional support.

Have TigerMountain create a beautiful edible landscape in your yard or workplace open areas. Contact us for ideas and a quote. 602-687-7725

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The Struggle For Real @ The Garden of Tomorrow | March2Gether Phoenix

The Best Volunteer Opportunities

Come to a special event at The Garden of Tomorrow

on March 2nd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

About March2Gether Phoenix

Building a tribe starts with a shelter of comfort and security. When others join you or you join others, deciding how to treat each other and what agreements are they, are crucial. Next, what is your contribution to the tribe? building fire, cooking, collecting food, wood, water, etc? Nowadays we have more options to choose from, it can be anything closest to your desires. What and how do you want to contribute? Lets talk about getting paid doing what we love. Finally, our body. Let’s make sure we eat, rest, and care for our body. These are the four topics we talk about on how to live better together. March2gether Phoenix is a mastermind think tank group based in Phoenix, Arizona. We are a collection of great minds. Our mission is to share, create, and execute ideas to live better together.

About TigerMountain Foundation

Our mission is simple: To empower communities to better themselves from within. We do this through community garden volunteer work through Co-Op gardens in Phoenix, AZ and landscaping initiatives. In South Phoenix, and other challenged communities where we work, there are high rates of incarceration, poor health choices and a low ranking education system. So how do we combat these challenges? Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). That just means we don’t give a hand out, we give the community a hand up. 
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July 2nd Saturday Gardening Celebration

Special Community Garden

Special Community Garden in Phoenix

Special Community Garden in Phoenix: Tiger Mountain Foundation. Hello Friends! Tiger Mountain Foundation is holding a special community garden celebration on Saturday, July 9th, At the beautiful Spaces of Opportunity Garden. Come celebrate with us as we will be hosting our garden session from 8 am to 11:30 am. You are not going to want to miss the coming together of our community. With everything from community performance to seed harvesting, The Tiger Mountain Foundation is happy to bring everyone together with the love of nature and life. We will also be finishing off the session off with a wonderfully prepared meal. Featuring some of our homes have grown fruits and vegetables.

We will also have our donation-based produce stand featuring vegetables grown in our garden! For more information, please visit TigerMountainfoundation.org.

What is Agri-Landscape?

Agri-Landscape with Tiger Mountain is truly an incredible experience. But first let’s go over the basics of Agri-Landscape. Agri-Landscape is a foundation of a landscape that creatively and elegantly integrates elements of productive agriculture. It does this by means of growing produce (edible fruits, vegetables, and herbs). Also, it could be growing other useful plants to reduce useless consumption, landfill waste, and water usage.

We have been proud to help our communities GROW. TigerMountain’s mission is to improve local food access & sustainability by transforming landscapes into elegant, edible food gardens. These also can be easily managed with the help of online tools, education, and professional support.

Have TigerMountain create a beautiful edible landscape in your yard or workplace open areas. Contact us for ideas and a quote. 602-687-7725

Economic/Community Development

Economic/Community Development– TMF also has a profound impact on the lives of at-risk youth and their families in the community by presenting them a healthy eating and living lifestyle.  We provide tangible value in the community through our intergenerational, multicultural experiential learning sessions which impact food scarcity.  Additionally, we provide gardens with nutritious, chemical-free fruits, and vegetables. TigerMountain Foundation also empowers participants and their families with skills to be valuable employees or have the knowledge to start their own backyard gardens to resolve their food scarcity issues.

 

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Garden Celebration at the Garden Of Tomorrow May 28th!

Garden Celebration at the Garden Of Tomorrow

Phoenix Community Events

Garden Celebration: Garden Of Tomorrow. Hello Friends! Tiger Mountain Foundation is holding a special community garden celebration Saturday, May 28th.
We will be hosting our garden session from 8 am-11:30 am which also includes garden volunteering, a community performance, a meal, and also a donation-based produce stand featuring vegetables grown in our garden! For more information, please visit the Garden of Tomorrow Facebook Page. Additionally, we host many Phoenix Community Events.

We Cultivate Better Communities – Through Co-Op Gardens in Phoenix, AZ

Our mission is simple: To empower communities to better themselves from within. We also do this through community garden volunteer work through Co-Op gardens in Phoenix, AZ and landscaping initiatives. In South Phoenix, and other challenged communities where we work, there are high rates of incarceration, poor health choices, and a low ranking education system. So how do we combat these challenges? Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). That just means we don’t give a hand out, instead we give the community a hand up.
Many of the staff, including CEO Darren Chapman, are also formerly incarcerated persons from the very neighborhoods we serve. Our advisors and 8 board members come from administrative positions in such large organizations. These include Vitalyst Health, Bank of America, and Keep Phoenix Beautiful. We are an Arizona Qualified Charity and receive tax credit donations plus receive individual donations through various employer payroll deductions.

How We Empower Communities To Help Themselves

  • Restore pride in a community through beautification of vacant lots.
  • Inspire people to volunteer and engage in their community.
  • Provide youth the skills they need to prepare them for employment—and also a better life.
  • Provide people on-the-job opportunities through landscaping, planting in community gardens, and also selling and marketing what they grow at farmers’ markets.
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A Gardening Celebration at the Spaces of Opportunity Garden

Celebrate with Tiger Mountain Foundation

Celebrate with Tiger Mountian Foundation at Spaces of Opportunity! Hello Friends! Tiger Mountain Foundation and Cultivate South Phoenix are holding a special community garden celebration Saturday, May 14th from 8 am-11:30 am. The Tiger Mountain Foundation will be hosting a design architect. Quilian Riano to help us envision what Spaces of Opportunity will look like in the near future. We will be looking for community input and feedback to make it even better!

We will also be hosting our regular garden session from 8 am-11:30 am which includes garden volunteering, a community performance, a meal, and a donation-based produce stand featuring vegetables grown in our garden! Celebrate with Tiger Mountain Foundation For more information, please visit TigerMountainfoundation.org.

Additional parking is available at V. H. Lassen Elementary School, just east and across the street from the garden.

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March Garden Event – 2nd Saturday

Celebrate with Tiger Mountain Foundation

Join TMF, volunteers, community stakeholders, gardeners, farmers, and local residents as we improve the landscape of the Spaces of Opportunity.

Come get your fresh veggies, community camaraderie, healthy cooking demonstration, and live entertainment. Mint, tomatoes, onions, okra, radishes, garden-fresh melons, spinach, chard, greens, tomatoes, pecans, citrus, squash, peppers, various beans, corn, basil, and various other produce will be on the prepping, planting and harvesting menu.

There will be live entertainment resonating from our Garden of Tomorrow Community stage, Local DJ’s, great food from Chef Lee Mc Clarity and other treats from the TMF community to satisfy your taste buds after your volunteer effort.

Wear a hat, shade screen, closed-toed comfortable garden shoes, and bring water.


Note to our Walking Club:

The 2nd and 4th Saturday’s walking/stretching group sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m.


Remember the health benefits of quite simply drinking water.  Do not underestimate the power of water.

“Stay focused and persistent; insist that your mind, body and soul turn your dreams into reality!”

Much Love.


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March Garden Event – 4th Saturday

Join us for some great fun

Our 4th Saturday at the Garden of Tomorrow typically brings some TMF favorites:

  • Gardeners Sam Kelsall
  • Darren Chapman
  • Zuri Roland
  • Beth Salazar
  • Grill Master Linda Hooper Bonham
  • B.J. the D.J.
  • MC Syl Primous
  • The Senior Greeting Party (Walter Harris, Winifred Belcher, and Francis Lonnie)

Join us in the garden for some great fun, volunteering, live entertainment, and food.

We start with a brief history of who we are and what we do, we exercise and then get our hands dirty in the garden. End the day by enjoying some lunch and music or art by our local residents.

Expect great veggies, the TMF Youth Market tables, entertainment from metro Phoenix, over 3000+ participants yearly, and community building in our eclectic garden safe zones.

Wear a hat, shade screen, closed-toed comfortable garden shoes, and bring water.

No need to sign up, just show up.

For groups of 8 or more: Please just let us know you’re coming so we can make sure we’re ready for you (and have enough food.)

Every 4th Saturday we also have products available for a donation to TMF’s projects and youth initiatives.


Note to our Walking Club:

The 2nd and 4th Saturday’s walking/stretching group sign-in begins at 8:00 a.m.


Remember the health benefits of quite simply drinking water.  Do not underestimate the power of water.

“Stay focused and persistent; insist that your mind, body, and soul turn your dreams into reality!”

Much Love.


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