The Growing Project (TGP)



Can local, sustainable, community agriculture promote increased food security, poverty relief, and environmental justice?
Over the next few weeks, conversations grew into meetings that sprouted other ideas: CSAs for low-income families, multiple community gardens, an education center with food preservation classes, shared gardening tools and seeds, kids’ summer programs in agriculture, and so on. More ideas emerged at each subsequent meeting and finally coalesced into a formal organization - The Growing Project (TGP).  In February 2009, TGP became a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Much of what drove that initial conversation was a desire to increase awareness of how alienated most city-dwellers have become from the people who grow our food and the places our food is awareness of how dependent we have become on the corporate food industry to fulfill our most basic need to eat. Less than 1% of people in the United States claim farming as their primary occupation, while the rest of us have over the last 60+ years lost more and more knowledge about growing, preparing, and preserving our own food. TGP wants to take back this knowledge and spread that seed into every bit of unused or potentially re-purposed bit of land that we can find.
Plants cannot grow without roots and neither can culture. The roots of a cooperative and place-based community lie at the bottom of the social structure with the least mobile population, the aged and the poor. This population will prove to be our strongest asset in carrying on the knowledge needed to build a solid local food system and thriving local economy. Importing food security is not our only option! It is already here, in low-income neighborhoods, at the food bank, in seed packets, in the soil, on the street, in the suburbs and in the inner city. We need only to water it, nurture it, care for it. The harvest will come, though if we don't tend to these issues today, we are not likely to see that harvest in our generation or the next....
Original Vision Food security is a global issue and a growing concern in Larimer County. The Growing Project addresses this important issue by making fresh, nourishing, regional food more accessible to all through urban agriculture and education. The Growing Project accomplishes this through co-creating community gardens that increase the supply of fresh local produce; educational programs that provide knowledge and skills in community-building, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and self-sufficiency; and advocacy efforts that promote community access to food grown locally.  Food justice for all!
To learn more about the issues surrounding the local food paradox, food security, and resistance education visit the food. people. justice. page.
Our Five Pillars:
Values Food justice Encompassing term that seeks to advance equity and intersectionality (environmental, racial, economic, gender and social) in relationship to food for all
Regenerative systems Empowering communities to restore and reproduce thriving economic and ecological relations
Recommoning Redistribution and reclaiming collective access to resources for community nourishment
Community empowerment Organizing and fostering inclusive and leaderful communities
Restorative relationships Accountability, transparency, and commitment to communal repairing and eliminating harm through a communitarian process.

Mission Statement

The Growing Project promotes an environmentally and socially just local food system through direct agricultural experiences, education, economic opportunities, and advocacy.

Program Details

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PO Box 388
Fort Collins, CO 80522
United States
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