Food Project Farm

A joint project of Growing Gardens and the YMCA of Boulder Valley

The 1-acre Food Project Farm in Longmont (at the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA at 950 Lashley St., Longmont) is the result of a partnership between Growing Gardens and the YMCA of Boulder Valley, and was established to provide produce donations and gardening and nutrition-based education to the surrounding neighborhood. 

100% of the produce grown on this farm is donated to those in need, which is especially important because the surrounding neighborhood is classified as a Food Desert: An area where food is non-existent, unhealthy or too expensive (University of Leeds/School of Geography).


New in 2018: Cultiva Youth Project- Longmont!

For almost 20 years, the Cultiva Youth Project Boulder has taught more than 900 youth from diverse backgrounds about sustainable agriculture, leadership, entrepreneurial and life skills. 

Join us for the inaugural season of the Cultiva Youth Project Longmont! 2018 Farm Crew members will have a unique opportunity to help shape and guide this new project. 

Learn more about the Cultiva Youth Project Longmont and how to apply here (applications due April 16th, 2018).


2017 Program Highlights:

  • Grew, harvested, and donated 10,297 pounds of fresh organic produce, including 2,985 pounds of greens, serving 8,029 individuals, 99% of whom were low income.
  • 1,235 plant starts and 426 seed packets were donated to low income gardeners to help them grow their own fresh food.
  • We teamed up with the Boulder County Farmers’ Market to create an access point for local, often times organic, fresh produce for the community.
  • 240 volunteers contributed 1,688 hours of service
  • Volunteer Partners include: YMCA of Boulder Valley, Seagate, IAC Apps, Otter Products, Keller Williams, Stratus Building Solutions, Kaiser Permanente, Peak to Peak HS, CEB Global, University of Colorado, and Hoe and Hope.
  • Program Partners include: I Have a Dream, OUR Center, Boulder County Youth Corps, Longmont Children, Youth, and Families, Timberline K-8, Environment for the Americas, St. Vrain Mobile Home Park, Wild Plum, Casa de la Esperanza, Mail Street School, Boulder County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Boulder Housing Partners.


Project Goals: We seek to demonstrate the transformative power of urban agriculture through organic production, education, and community engagement. We will use progressive growing methods suitable for a small urban site, and work with community partners and families to create a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant local community.  We will continue to:

  • Engage the individuals and businesses in the Longmont community as volunteers on the farm, helping to feed and support those in need.

  • Teach children from local elementary schools where their food comes from- and have them taste and prepare fresh healthy snacks from the farm.

  • Partner with the YMCA of Boulder Valley to offer programs to pre-school and elementary-aged children.

  • Provide vegetable starts and education so low-income members of the community can grow fresh produce to feed their families.

  • Host classes and workshops to teach people to grow and enjoy fresh produce.


Please click here to join us as a business sponsor, individual donor or to volunteer to support this exciting and impactful project!