Growing Gardens Food Project

Growing Gardens Food Project Farm, Longmont

The Growing Gardens Food Project provides food, plant starts and seeds to community members in need to increase access to fresh, organic produce.

The Growing Gardens Food Project is an exciting opportunity for Growing Gardens to promote health and self-sufficiency in the community.  Each year, we offer thousands of plant starts and seed packets to those in need, so that they can grow food for their families.  We also donate thousands of pounds of produce to participants who do not typically have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2016, we opened the Food Project Farm in Longmont in partnership with the YMCA of Boulder Valley. The Farm donates 100% of its produce and plant starts to low-income community members.

 

SEED AND PLANT START DONATIONS

This is an opportunity for low-income or need-based individuals and organizations to receive seeds and organic vegetable plant starts from Growing Gardens. Soon we will have our registration forms online and you will be able to register for both the seed and plant start donations on this page.

 

SEED PACKET DONATIONS

Seeds packets are offered on a first come, first serve, basis in April, 2017.

If you would like to receive seeds through this program an income verification form must be filled out and submitted prior to receiving your plants. If you are a community gardener who has been approved for a reduced-rate garden plot, you are automatically eligible for donations.

 

PLANT START DONATIONS

We will have tomato, vegetable, herb and flower plants available for donation in May, 2017 at our Greenhouse. 1630 Hawthorn Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304. Plants are also offered on a first come, first serve, basis, and once we’re out, we’re out.

If you would like to receive plants through this program an income verification form must be filled out and submitted prior to receiving your plants. If you are a community gardener who has been approved for a reduced-rate garden plot, you are automatically eligible for donations.

 

FRESH PRODUCE DONATIONS

Growing Gardens donates produce to shelters, food pantries, charities, and needy homes throughout the community.  During the growing season, we send out a crew of Cultiva youth members to glean unsold produce at the farmer’s market for donation. We are also organizing a program that encourages and supports our community gardeners to donate excess produce from their garden to charities that we support. Finally, we are excited to be teaming up with the Longmont YMCA to break ground on a one-acre organic vegetable garden and educational site where all of the produce grown will be offered to local food pantries and for daily hot meals.

Donations in  2016:

  • 7,975 pounds of produce donated to Our Center, El Comité, and I Have a Dream (6,465 individuals received meals with our healthy veggies- 97% of participants were low income)

  • Casa de la Esperanza - 65 individuals received plant starts and seeds to grow their own food

  • 423 children and teens have visited the farm for educational activities and tasting tours.7,975 pounds of produce donated to

  • 150 volunteers spent over 1,600 hours helping to grow, harvest and donate food. 

  • Partners include: St. Vrain Mobile Home Park, Longmont YMCA – Pre-K and School Age Program, LongmontChildren, Youth, and Families, Timberline K-8, and I Have A Dream, Kaiser Permanente, Boulder County YouthCorps, Environment for the Americas, Longmont Chamber of Commerce, CEB Global, Seagate, El Comité, and the Boulder County Farmers’ Market.

 


 

 
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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