/ Modified dec 3, 2012 4:05 p.m.

Community Gardening Sprouts in Tucson

Rincon Heights establishes 18 plots, hopes for many more

(VIDEO: azpm)

From beginning gardeners to those with green thumbs, Rincon Heights neighborhood residents are trying their hands at growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in a new community garden.

"That is what is so great about a community garden," says Melody Peters, Rincon Heights Community Garden coordinator. "You don't need to be an experienced gardener."

Rincon Heights is the neighborhood immediately south of the University of Arizona in central Tucson.

Organizers of the garden, which is currently home to 18 plots, have teamed up with the UA to provide classes and outreach for plant cultivation and growth of the community gardening concept.

"In the next couple of months, we hope to have 18 more plots and an additional 28 in the months after that," Peters says.

Rent for each plot is $10 a month. Other operating revenues come from individual funding and from the UA's Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.

With more funding and a successful winter crop, Peters says the group hopes to offer more, including farmers' markets and using solar energy to grow and cook.

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