Bienvenidos al jardin de Davis
Davis has a vibrant garden program and is used frequently by classroom teachers, students, and our Extended Day staff and students. For 2022-23 we welcome our new gardening teacher, Carmen Smith-Estrada. We have several volunteer University of Arizona students who help in the garden and many other contributors, including some amazing parents.

We have a beautiful mesquite-covered patio, a chicken coop, an adobe oven, rainwater harvesting barrels, and many different grow beds for the classrooms and for Extended Day. We have a few citrus and fig trees, many native plants designed to attract pollinators in addition to the current season of vegetables and herbs. We welcome you to come and see our beautiful garden and to come and volunteer on one of our garden work days. These work days are a great way to connect with other Davis families and Sr. Barceló always brings his grill and a pot of beans to contribute to the feast.
Our garden has been featured in some local publications such as 2 articles in Edible Baja Arizona Magazine.
We invite you to view some photos of our garden events.
Eventos del jardin
Aquaponics Program
Davis is the proud recipient of an amazing aquaponics system from the Community Food Bank here in Tucson. Aquaponics USA developed the system and came to Tucson to install the system in December of 2011. It is located in our library and Carmen Smith-Estrada is in charge of the system. We raise tilapia and goldfish, experiment with a variety of seeds and plants, and eating amazing produce.

We have seen an amazing change in our students’ eating habits through our aquaponics and garden program. Where once it was “cool” to NOT like green things, now we see the reverse; it is “cool” to LIKE green things! Students work with the system at different times throughout the year, learning about how the system works. The system is maintained with the help of the an aquaponics club, made up of students from grades 2-5.

Plants growing in Aquaponics table in library   Chemical chart being displayed among plants in Aquaponics table
Several photos of Davis students working under the supervision of teachers in a lush garden near the school.