Help out at the Escalante Community Garden in Tempe and you'll be helping others while also getting some produce in return. The communal garden, which needs help with various projects from planting to construction, provides a portion of the garden's produce to volunteer members who help out two hours a week. Another portion goes to the Tempe Community Action Agency's food pantry.
The nonprofit TCAA manages the garden as part of its mission to combat poverty and empower people. According to its Facebook page, the garden project builds community through the production of organic fruits and vegetables while teaching people about sustainable gardening and healthy cooking.
Work days at the garden, 2150 E. Orange St., are the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 8 a.m. to noon, and include a potluck. Participants bring a dish to share if they can.
For more information on how you can help, contact Alyssa Brooke-Gay at (480) 350-5830 or
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