GARDEN, Inc. Network of Partners and Collaborators and Friends

GARDEN, Inc. grows a network of diverse individuals and organizations that we weave together in a strengthening web of connection to provide nonprofit business consulting, fund development, grant writing and grants management, strategic planning and nonprofit fund development services for:

Environmental Restoration

Desert Harvesters

GARDEN, Inc. is proud to partner with the Core Group of Desert Harvesters in providing educational programs that focus on appreciating the native foods of the Sonoran Desert.

Borderlands Restoration, L3C

We are honored to have provided the initial nonprofit fiscal sponsorship for Borderlands Restoration and to support the USDA-funded Landscape Restoration Business Incubator Project (2015-16) and for the Borderlands Earth Care Youth Institute (2013-14) that trains students to work on landscape and watershed restoration projects. We support and consult with the Borderlands Habitat Network, a  nonprofit 501c3 organization that continues to carry the Patagonia, Arizona-based initiatives forward.

Waterock, L3C/Land Healers Foundation,

With great respect, we partner with Laurence de Bure and this amazing team of raincatchers and water restoration professionals. GARDEN, Inc. supported a conference that brought together Hopi and Navajo tribal representatives together in a retreat with Cuenca Los Ojos ( near Douglas, Arizona in October 2014, and continues to provide consultancy and leadership support.

Deep Dirt Farm Institute

We partner with and provide fiscal sponsorship for Deep Dirt Farm, Deep Dirt Institute and related programs. Deep Dirt Institute (DDI) is a public benefit nonprofit corporation intended to inspire and educate individuals and their communities in living in resilient and regenerative ways.

University of Arizona Compost Cats

We are working with the UA Compost Cats and the UA Students for Sustainability to help fully integrate composting, gardening and nutrition education initiatives into the Tucson community. Our affiliation with Waste Not Arizona LLC, L3C was formerly managed through this partnership and we continue to collaborate with composting initiatives with the University of Arizona.

Sky Island Alliance

We produced the Exposure: Art Lottery and Silent Auction event on October 20, 2010 at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Tucson that connected more than 50 local artists with environmentalists at a benefit event that featured Salvador Duran in performance and raised funds, shared resources and gathered awareness for the Sky Island Alliance.

Lucky Nickel Ranch

We support this organic farm in Eloy, Arizona that is working with veterans and teaching them to grow and distribute quality fresh food while they re-engage in the community. Lucky Nickel Ranch Inc. offers seasonal produce through a CSA and a farmers market

Culture and Community

Tucson Unified School District, Food Services Department

We work closely with TUSD Food Services Director Lindsay Aguilar and colleagues Stacy Evans, Moses Thompson, and Blue Baldwin in addition to University of Arizona Community & School Garden Program staff and interns. In addition, we work with UA Nutrition Sciences and train Dietetic Interns, and support the UA Food Studies program with Rani Olson and  others working to develop initiatives in nutrition education, assessment and evaluation and to find new ways to connect schools to their local communities through garden projects.

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Provided successful grantwriting services for a US Dept. of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation grant for the Wampanoag Women’s Center (now called Safe Harbor: A Harbor for the People of the First Light). Awarded $900,000 in 2019.

Iskashitaa: Harvesting Hope, Empowering Dreams

We have supported Iskashitaa with grantwriting services and offered key collaborations with the Dishes and Stories program.

International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA)

We welcome our new partners in Ajo, Arizona and look forward to assisting ISDA with grantwriting and development support for this wonderful international community development organization that serves Native American, Mexican and American communities.

Southwest Folklife Alliance

We provided grantwriting and grants management services for the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival from 2011-2015 and continue to provide volunteer support.

Jewish History Museum

We provided grantwriting and development services for the Jewish History Museum from 2013-2015 and support the growth of the Holocaust History Center.

Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

We offered management services for the LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project and produced the Queer Seder event in Spring, 2014. GARDEN, Inc. provides ongoing support for the Jewish Arts Alliance and other cultural initiatives of JFSA.

Creative Communications Learning Advisory Council (CCLAC)

We provide consultation and advisement to CCLAC in their computer literacy programs and work to connect them to intergenerational opportunities in the Tucson community.

Arts Organizations, Artists, Musicans, Filmmakers, Writers, et al

Tucson Arts Brigade (TAB)

We provided long term administrative support for TAB and served in an advisory capacity to help sustain this valuable arts education organization directed by artist Michael B. Schwartz from 1996-2018.

The Loft Cinema

We provide grant writing, planning and project development services support for The Loft Cinema, an independent nonprofit art house cinema dedicated to creating community and supporting the art of film in all aspects. GARDEN, Inc. was responsible for helping The Loft secure grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for the first time in 2016.

Sonoran Glass School (SGS)

We have been writing grants and providing fund development services for SGS since 2009 and have managed continual grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Tucson-Pima Arts Council, private and corporate foundations and others.

Passin’ Thru, Oliver Lake

We give thanks for the opportunity to work with Oliver Lake and support the work of Passin’ Thru. GARDEN, Inc. has secured funding from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music for the Oliver Lake Big Band Project.

JoDa Music, Joseph Daley

We provided funding research and grantwriting support for the Seven Heavenly Virtues project.

Paul Mirocha

We secured an Artist Project grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for Paul to complete his Tumamoc: A Community Icon research and development project.

Sande Zeig, filmmaker

We have provided volunteer support for Sande and her film and digital media projects that include Apache8, Master Zhi Gang Sha, Monique Wittig – Oppoponax, and more.

Michael B. Schwartz

We offer selections from the work of visual artist Michael B. Schwartz are available for rental from the GARDEN, Inc. Art Library.

Julie Szerina Stein

We offer selections from the work of visual artist Julie Szerina Stein are available for rental from the GARDEN, Inc. Art Library.

Howard Salmon (z”l)

We honor the memory of our dear friend artist Howard Salmon, director emeritus of the Jewish Arts Alliance, as a blessing, and we give thanks that his artist blog still lives online and showcases his artwork.

David Tineo

We support our friend David Tineo in his battle against blindness. His work is represented in the GARDEN, Inc. Art Library.

Salvador Duran, musician/artist

We support the artistry of Salvador Duran and enjoy his music at every opportunity!

Ridgeway Arts, Jeff Denson

We are providing grantwriting and development services for this newly emerging nonprofit organization dedicated to music education.

Outward Visions

We give thanks to Marty Khan and Helene Cann for their foundational support and instrumental partnership in the growth of GARDEN, Inc.


We are proud to partner with ArtisttSync for website and digital marketing support ang give special gratitude to Kyle Wilson, Executive Director.

Lynn Saul, poet and author

We are proud of the book review and collaborative efforts with Tucson author, Lynn Saul, and appreciate her engagement with the Jewish Arts Alliance.

Health and Healing

Darkhei Rephua

Currently providing consultation services for this emerging 501(c)3 religious nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting entheogenic modes of healing and facilitating pathways of healing connection through Liberation Judaism.

Southwest Center for Law & Policy

We offer ongoing development and logistical support for SWCLAP and all of their programs that support Native American women who are combating domestic violence and abuse.

The Mindfulness Education Exchange, Jordan Wiley-Hill

We provide nonprofit fiscal sponsorship and administrative support for this emerging organization promoting mindfulness and meditation for youth.

Jewish Family and Children’s Services

We provided grantwriting services provided for of JFCS. A grant of $120,000 was awarded for the Safe Women and Girls Project from the State of Arizona, Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families in 2015.

Medicine Wheel Wellness Center, Steven Swidler, DDS and Ari Swidler

Collaboration and partnership around issues of health, wellness, and healing the planet.

Arizona Connected Care

We provided grantwriting services in 2013 for a project to integrate healthcare rehabilitative services, peer support and exercise programs.

Imeinu Doulas

Ongoing advisement and support for the work of Na’amah Rue and other women who offer support to pregnant women through the birth of their children and beyond.

Young Women are Sacred (YWAS)

We have supported Caroline Felicity Antone with this innovative program that serves young women from Native American tribes throughout the Southwest.

Michael Paul Hill, Apache Spiritual Advisor

We provided support for transportation and amenities for Apache Barter and Trade.