The 2008 farm bill defined a “food desert” as an area with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly such an area composed of predominantly lower-income neighborhoods and communities. An estimated one-sixth of Denver residents live in food deserts without access to fresh healthy food. Several of the neighborhoods where we work are considered food deserts including Westwood, Barnum, North Park Hill, Northeast Park Hill, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points and Montbello.
We’re working to improve access to healthy foods in these neighborhoods by
- ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ farm stands at our Sister Gardens at Aria and Celebration Garden urban farm sites.
- Our social enterprise project, Groundwork Greens, which is an 1800 sq. ft. hydroponic greenhouse producing fresh produce for local farmer’s markets, local chefs and restaurants, and catering companies.
- Developing an app ‘Fresh Food Connect’ in partnership with Denver Urban Gardens and the Denver Food Rescue.