About Damayan Garden Project
Damayan is a small non-profit in Tallahassee, Florida made up of gardeners, educators, and dedicated volunteers who want to enhance the quality of life in our community by teaching people how to grow their own food. Our mission is: to sow the seeds of ecological awareness and healthy living in our community through hands-on gardening activities.
Our main tag line is “nourishing communities one garden at a time” and that is essentially what we do.
Damayan Garden Project partners with many local organizations to install edible gardens in schoolyards, community centers, and other outdoor spaces that will serve to teach nutritional and environmental education to members of our community. We feel that by teaching others how to garden we are connecting them to the Earth, to where their food comes from.
Damayan has assisted several public schools in Leon County to start an edible schoolyard. More recent projects include Ruediger Elementary, the Macon Community Garden, and the Palmer Monroe Teen Center. Damayan has also partnered with Kids Incorporated to create sensory gardens in their outdoor playgrounds.
How Can I Get Involved?
We currently support two main community gardens where we host weekly gardening sessions, free and open to the public.
- On Thursdays, Mark Tancig leads the garden session in Frenchtown at the LeVerne Payne Community Center located at 450 West 4th Avenue, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
- Our main demonstration garden is at Lichgate, located at 1401 High Road, where we host regular work days every Monday and Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, and on Sundays from 1 to 3 pm.