The MUG Story

Mesa Urban Garden is a community organization that aims to create a community gathering space in the heart of Mesa’s downtown. Our mission is to inspire sustainable urban living through education, community involvement and creative cooperation to strengthen families and enhance and beautify our community.

Our stake in the community will be to offset the idea of a ‘food desert’ in the area by providing fresh produce directly to the community or to local food banks. There will be the opportunity to sponsor plots for communal use or individual plot use as well.

Mesa Urban Garden was the first iMesa idea to come to fruition. Community gardens are known for their many benefits including environmental, economic and social opportunities. With Mesa’s urban hub quickly evolving – especially with the future Light Rail, Lincoln Center West, and arrival of downtown campuses of Wilkes and Westminster College, as well as the adjacent Benedictine University – it is our opinion that a community garden will play a vibrant role in the downtown enhancements.

Project Goals

Our goals for Mesa Urban Garden include the following:

  • Be a vibrant and aesthetically pleasing garden
  • Act as beacon for the community, a point of pride for the community
  • Offer educational opportunities for the community in sustainability, gardening and other needed subjects.
  • Increase area engagement and walkability
  • Become a destination for commuter light rail travel
  • Act as a meeting site for City or other community functions
  • Provide an outlet for education
  • Strengthen individuals and families
  • Provide fresh, free, organic subsistence for the community
  • Reduce urban blight

The garden is open to the surrounding neighborhood and other members of the community.

We wish to strengthen our community and its citizen’s one person and/or one family at a time. Our hope is that this endeavor will be so successful, that the City will look to start gardens in other unutilized lots within Mesa.