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Grow Local Colorado Brochure

Grow Local Colorado Brochure

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A community garden is a public area, typically within or near a park, where individuals from the community can rent

plots and grow their own food. “Whereas community gardens allow individuals to grow plots for themselves, ours are existing flower plots in Denver parks that are given to us to turn into vegetable gardens, it’s a different model that provides more efficient benefits and saves the city money” (Civic Center Park Garden) -Dana Miller, Director of Grow Local

Farmers Market photo courtesy of http://ChrisandSaraLew.com Hendersen, Bethany, and Kimberly Hartfield. "Is Getting into the Community Garde n Business a Good Way to Engage Citizens in Local Government?" National Civic Review (2009): 12-17. Print. Jarosz, L. "The City in the Country: Growing Alternative Food Networks in Metropolitan Areas." Journal of Rural Studies 24.3 (2008): 231-44. Print Padel, Susanne, and Carolyn Foster. "Exploring the Gap between Attitudes and Behaviour: Understanding Why Consumers Buy or Do Not Buy Organic Food." British Food Journal 107.8 (2005): 606-25. Print.

Revolutionizing Colorado’s Local Food Economy

Grow Local works in association with many other Denver alternative food networks, “defined by attributes such as the spatial (Cherry Creek Farmers’ Market) proximity between farmers and consumers, the existance of retail venues such as farmer’s markets, community supported agriculture and a commitment to sustainable food production and consumption” (Jarosz 231), in order to promote growth and sustainability within the local economy, utilizing the community resources for community needs.

(Harvard Gultch Park Garden)

Mission: Grow Local Colorado is an alternative food network working to revolutionize the way food is produced, distributed, and the way our society and economy interacts with local agriculture. Grow Local is a volunteer organization utilizing public land to cultivate produce donated to local food banks.

Grow Local’s Impact
All produce from Grow Local Colorado gardens is donated to local food banks in order to give back to people in the community; this organization is 100% non-profit. By donating to food banks, Grow Local supports the those who normally cannot afford fresh produce, as well making organic produce available to those who would not normally have access. Local Food Banks like Ample Harvest try to utilize the internet, that enables (Food Bank Stock) 40 million plus Americans who grow food in home gardens, to easily donate their extra harvest to one of 3,657 registered local food pantries in one of our 50 states. Grow Local has worked to distance itself from Food Supply Chains questioning why ship in food when you

(Observatory Park Garden)

can get it from local places in the city of Denver? “Part of the vegetables grown at the governor’s mansion will go to The Kitchen (a food bank) and the rest of the food will go to The Gathering Place, which is a non-profit organization that works as a drop-in center for women and children who need safe places.” -Miller The time and dedication Grow Local is putting in to keep our produce local and make a community impact through a community project. If you’re interested in helping, check out the following resource:

Grow Local is operating on many levels to raise awareness of one of the largest, often forgot about issues: food production.
To learn more about how you can get involved and support Grow Local please visit GrowLocalColroado.org
Don’t forget to check out the Calendar of Upcoming Events!

http://www.ampleharvest.org/

How Grow Local is Raising Community Awareness
A fundamental goal of the Grow Local Campaign is to raise awareness local organic agriculture. They are accomplishing this by:
-Striving to remain “hyperlocal” (Denver only!) to connect with community members -Partnering with Denver Parks and Recreation to encourage program growth and prominence -Creating connection between potential gardeners and land owners to increase “Gardensharing” -Hosting AgriCULTURE potlucks open to the public to spread knowledge of Grow Local’s cause -Hosting an annual AgriCULTURE tour of Denver showcasing the local food movement right here!

Models such as Grow Local’s and community gardening are sustainable food production methods for the future in which, “consumers will not have to worry about what chemicals may have been used on the produce because they cultivated the crops themselves” (Hendersen et. al 12). This community can serve as a means to providing affordable organic produce while offering incentives for “greater involvement in one’s community, through volunteerism and social interaction” (Padel et. al 615).

The Grow Local Revolution

The Grow Local Colorado community is doing much more than raising awareness of alternative food networks, donating to food banks, and growing produce. The community is fighting an uphill battle against the current capitalized and politically

influenced food production and distribution agenda. As a group promoting their cause in various sectors, it can be a struggle to get support, funding, or action to change the current policies, legislation, or even way of thinking that surround food production. Our society is big on revolution. A revolution providing relief of impoverishment, promoting sustainability, and fully utilizing Earth’s resources is one that may be worth getting behind. Grow Local Colorado, and their supporters (like you!) are calling for a Grow Local Revolution: for the government to support the people that support them. Many alternative food reforms are spreading a new mindset about food. If you’re interested in taking action to revolutionize our food system along side of Grow Local Colorado, please visit any of the following resources to find out more information and how to get involved:
http://www.growlocalcolorado.org/getinvolved.html http://sustainableagriculture.net/take-action/ http://www.sustainabletable.org/home.php http://www.localharvest.org/ http://farmandranchfreedom.org/

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