A community garden is a public area, typicallywithin or near a park, where individuals from thecommunity canrent plots andgrow their ownfood. “Whereascommunitygardens allowindividuals togrow plots for themselves, ours are existing flower plots in Denver parks that are given to us to turn into vegetablegardens, it’s a different model that provides moreefficient benefits and saves the city money”
(Civic Center Park Garden)
-Dana Miller, Director of Grow LocalGrow Localworks inassociation withmany other Denver alternative foodnetworks,“defined byattributes suchas the spatial
(Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market)
proximitybetween farmers and consumers, the existance of retail venues such as farmer’s markets, communitysupported agriculture and a commitment tosustainable food production and consumption”(Jarosz 231), in order to promote growth andsustainability within the local economy, utilizing thecommunity resources for community needs.
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Revolutionizing Colorado’s Local Food Economy
(Harvard Gultch Park Garden)
Mission:Grow Local Colorado is an alternative foodnetwork working to revolutionize the way food isproduced, distributed, and the way our society andeconomy interacts with local agriculture. GrowLocal is a volunteer organization utilizing publicland to cultivate produce donated to local foodbanks.
(Observatory Park Garden)
Grow Local’s Impact