Growing Gardens (CO)

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Mission Statement

Our Mission
To enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture. 
Our Vision
People experiencing a direct and deep connection with food, the land and each other.

Description

Over the last 20 years, Growing Gardens has brought gardening, nutrition education and produce donations to over 136,000 Boulder County residents.
We offer a variety of programs to get people of all ages, backgrounds, income levels, and abilities involved in growing and cooking their own food. These educational opportunities are paired with seed, plant start, and produce donations, as well as gardening space, to impart greater food security and hunger relief in our community.

Program Details

Children's program
The Children’s Peace Garden serves children ages 5-11 through hands-on, place-based activities that reconnect children with the earth. Peace Garden activities teach children about the source of the food they eat, organic gardening practices, and the importance of biodiversity and community. Children learn and practice peace, respect, environmental stewardship, and friendship.
Teen Leadership program
The Cultiva Youth Project is a youth leadership program where youth ages 12-18 operate an urban organic farm, growing produce for the local community while developing leadership and job skills. In Boulder, the youth seed, tend, and harvest produce for Growing Gardens’ CSA program, which provides a weekly share of vegetables for 69 community members. In Longmont, this produce is donated to community partners that give the food to locals that are food insecure.
Throughout the summer, the youth deepen connections with our community by engaging in volunteer projects, and by gleaning and donating produce to community members in need.
This hands-on farm experience teaches youth the importance of caring for the earth while learning how to grow their own food, work in a professional environment, operate a small business and create positive change for the community, the environment, and themselves.
Cultiva participants are empowered to make decisions about many aspects of the program. Youth are encouraged to participate in project administration, public relations, and community education, as well as garden work and community service projects.
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Community Gardens
Growing Gardens manages more than 535 individual community garden plots across eleven locations in Boulder County. Through this program gardeners have the opportunity to grow their own fresh organic produce. Each garden is managed in partnership with a resident Garden Leader (or multiple Garden Leaders) who serve as valuable resources for the individual gardeners as they navigate the dynamic Colorado growing season.       
Community Classes
Growing Gardens offers a variety of classes to get you gardening, cooking and preserving fresh food with the help of our experienced instructors. Grab a friend and join us for a fun, educational hands-on experience on the farm and in the kitchen! Most all classes take place at Growing Gardens barn, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. Boulder.   
Horticultural Therapy
Curriculum increases motor, cognitive and psychological functions for seniors and groups with differing abilities. Activities create opportunities for social and inter-generational interaction and empower individuals through experiencing the pride that comes with successful gardening and group collaboration. 
Food Donation Program
The Growing Gardens Food Project promotes health and self-sufficiency throughout Boulder County by increasing access to fresh food, gardening education, plant starts and seeds for low-income community members.
The Food Project Farm in Longmont donates 100% of its produce and plant starts to low-income community members and exists primarily as a teaching space for low income community members.
Primary Issue
Food
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
Address
PO Box 1066
Boulder, CO 80306-1066
United States
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