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)

Revolutionizing Colorado’s Local Food Economy   

-Dana Miller, Director of Grow Local

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.

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.   

(Harvard Gultch Park Garden)

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.

(Observatory Park Garden) 

 

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 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: 
   

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 
 

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/get‐involved.html  http://sustainableagriculture.net/take‐action/  http://www.sustainabletable.org/home.php  http://www.localharvest.org/  http://farmandranchfreedom.org/ 

‐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! 
 

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/ 

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).  

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