Groundwork’s Urban Farms
Groundwork’s Urban Farms seek to rejuvenate the art of growing food and instill farming skills in youth and adults. We educate hundreds of Denver residents every year at our farm stands, outreach events, speaking engagements, hands-on volunteer days, workshops and classes. Participants are exposed to all aspects of urban farming, including seed starting and planting, gardening best practices, natural pest control, beekeeping, food preservation and environmental sustainability.
In 2014, in partnership with Regis University and Urban Ventures, we received a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation for the Cultivate Health Program to organize and maintain a 1-acre vegetable and herb garden on the Aria Denver campus.
Garden produce is sold at pay-what-you-can farm stands and is distributed to Warren Village, a transitional housing facility that helps low-income single parent families achieve sustainable personal and economic self- sufficiency. With Regis University we help develop The Center for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition which is the first of its kind in Colorado, offering educational programs to Regis students and area residents to introduce the reasons for producing food and building community food systems. This program sets itself apart from other academic programs in that it teaches not only the business of urban agriculture but also includes coursework in food justice and permaculture.
Celebration Community Urban Garden
Groundwork Denver has transformed a 15,000 sq ft invasive weeds lot into a food wonderland in the Virginia Village Neighborhood. The Celebration Community Urban Garden is designed to help our community with the following
- Rescue a weed-filled, overgrown, empty lot
- Plant a sustainable, intensive garden with a fruit orchard, kids garden, and honey bees
- Host low/no-cost classes on nutrition, gardening, cooking, and healthy living for children and adults
- Supply fresh, locally grown produce at a “pay-what-you-can” farm stand
Columbian School Garden
Columbian Elementary School and Groundwork Denver have partnered with Denver Public Schools and Slow Food Denver to create an amazing 6500 sqft. garden and education center on school property. Columbian students, particularly those in the third grade, have cultivated, maintained and harvested the garden which was formerly an abandoned and overgrown space.
Pay-What-You-Can Farm Stands
Groundwork Denver manages two farm stand locations on-site at two farm plots, Sister Gardens at Aria and Celebration Garden. These farm stands are open twice a week from June through October. Harvesting is conducted before and during farm stand hours for customers to experience and learn about the produce. The pay structure is self-determined pricing, allowing customers to pay what the amount they can afford, which allows low-income customers to benefit from healthy, locally-grown produce. Dates and times for our farm stands can be found on our flyers and on our calendar.
About a quarter of the produce grown on our Urban Farms is donated back into the community through our Healing Foods program. Through our Healing Foods program, we are able to feed families who receive care from Denver Health for terminal illnesses. The Healing Foods program also donates to social service organizations, such as SafeHouse Denver and Family Tree, who cook healthy community meals. In addition to the produce being donated by our farms, the Healing Foods program also distributes food grown by community members who donate space in their front yards.