About TVF

About Tucson Village Farm

Kids diggingTucson Village Farm (TVF) is a working urban farm built by and for the youth of our community. A program of the Pima County Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona, TVF is a seed-to-table program designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices.

To accomplish this, Tucson Village Farm offers year-round, instructional, hands-on programs for youth of all ages.  In addition to agricultural and culinary programming, we also have a High Ropes Course and a 4-H Healthy Living Ambassador club of over 100 teens, and offer outdoor adventure and leadership opportunities for youth year-round. We teach urban youth from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds while targeting underserved populations. The farm, located on the University of Arizona Campus Agricultural Center, serves as a safe urban location where youth can come to be out of doors and engage in physical activity while contributing to and participating in local food production, preparation, and consumption.

By focusing on the building of soil, integrative pest management (IPM), weed management, crop rotation, and cover cropping, Tucson Village Farm is committed to practicing integrated farming techniques and stewardship of our land. All TVF produce is grown herbicide and pesticide free, with lots of love for and by the youth and our community.

Kids cooking

Tucson Village Farm relies on grants, private donations, and program fees in order to maintain and expand our programming. We have a proven track record of successfully leveraging every dollar in order to continue to bring our much-needed programming to Tucson’s youth. A true community-based program, TVF has partnered with well over one hundred community organizations, businesses, schools, and governments to build our program up from the dirt lot that it was in January 2010, to the successful seed-to-table youth development program that it is today. Each year, we reach an average of 15,000 youth and adults (approximately 11,000 youth and 4,000 adults) and deliver over 60,000 hours of educational programming.

What people are saying about Tucson Village Farm

“This has been the most awesome day of my life!” 
— Farm camper 2013
“The Growing Forward program was the most meaningful and valuable field trip I have been on in 14 years”
Elementary school teacher
“This program [Growing Forward] was heads and shoulders above any other field trip I have been on.”
— Parent and educator
“Your 4-H Healthy Living Youth Ambassadors are simply one of the best groups of 4-H teens I have ever met: articulate, committed, diverse, generous, confident and full of purpose.”
— Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO National 4-H
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