Growing Gardens' Pollinator Pavilion 

Since 1998, Growing Gardens has provided 136,000 Boulder County community members access to fresh, organic produce, garden-based nutrition education, and garden space.

We engage community members of all ages, ethnicities, and income-levels in sustainable urban agriculture through programs designed to foster food security and teach people how to grow, cook, and preserve their own food.

We are critically in need of an all-weather building in order to continue to hold our educational programs and offer year-round classes and events to our community. We've been fundraising for our "Pollinator Pavilion" for 3 years now, and are so close to making our dreams a reality.

 

Will you partner with us to help complete this community resource?

An Overview of the Pollinator Pavilion 

How We'll Get There: Supporting this Community Resource

The Urgent Need for the Pollinator Pavilion


 

 

The Pollinator Pavilion

The Pollinator Pavilion will provide critical infrastructure needed to continue our education programs, and will:

  • Allow us to continue connecting over 7,000 children each year to the garden and to their food
  • Increase capacity for food donations to low-income community members by 30%
  • Double the amount of gardening and cooking classes we offer to children, teens, adults, seniors, and those with differing abilities
  • Allow us to hold educational classes and events year-round through an all-weather teaching space, kitchen, and restrooms that meet state standards.

We’ve currently raised $719,000 for this important project, and need to raise an additional $104,000. 




How We Will Get There

With our community's help, we hope to raise the last $104,000 towards this important resource. Will you help us get there?
3 people or businesses  giving $10,000 each people have donated at this level
8 people or businesses giving $5,000 each 3 people have donated at this level
13 people  giving $1,000 each people have donated at this level
15 people  giving $500 each people have donated at this level
20 people  giving $250 each 1 person has donated at this level
30 people  giving $100 each people have donated at this level
110 people giving $50 each 5 people have donated at this level

 

 

Thanks to your Support,

We're Filling up the Giving Carrot!

->$42,200<-




The Buzz on the Pollinator Pavilion

The Pollinator Pavilion will include infrastructure critical to continuing and increasing the capacity of our programs.

  • Sheltered Harvest Area
  • All-Season Teaching and Event Space
  • Permanent Administrative Offices for Staff
  • Plumbing 

1. Sheltered Harvest Area

Structural needs:

  • Our current Harvest Station was built by Eagle scouts 8 years ago and will soon need to be replaced.  It currently has a removable shade cloth roof that must be put on during the summer months and removed during the winter months.The roof does not protect from rain and snow, which can delay harvest and leave our farmers and teens with freezing fingers cleaning our produce during chilly, late-season weather. A solid roof would provide more protection and enhance the experience of our teens and volunteers harvesting produce.

Increased Capacity:

  • By including a new harvest area in the Pollinator Pavilion, we'll be able to increase the amount of produce we donate to low income families by 30%
  • As our orchard comes into production, we'll need additional harvesting space to process the extra produce, which is included in the new building plans.
2. All-Season Teaching and Event Space

In order to maintain our current programming, we need indoor teaching space, a kitchen, and restrooms built to state standards, all of which will be included in the new building.

  • We had to cancel 9 field trips this year due to a lack of indoor space and inclement weather. Our field trip schedule is so full that we were not able to reschedule these visits.
  • With the help of the pavilion, we will be able to increase the number of field trips to our farm by 20%.
  • Currently, 1/4 of our greenhouse is not utilized for growing because we are forced to hold our children's programming inside the greenhouse during inclement weather.
  • With the new building, we’ll be able to grow more plants in the greenhouse, which will increase Plant Sale profits and the number of plant starts we donate to low income community members by 20%.
A Regulation Kitchen
  • In order to continue to offer cooking classes where children and teens can taste and cook with the food they harvest from the garden, we need a kitchen that complies with state regulations. This includes commercial-grade safety specifications and fire suppression hood system.
  • We anticipate doubling the number of nutrition education and cooking classes we offer, including free cooking classes to low-income families.
3.  Plumbing: Flushing Toilets and Running Water for Hand Washing
  • To continue to offer quality programming for over 7,000 elementary school children each year, we need to improve bathroom sanitary conditions and replace our porta potties with plumbing.
  • One of our senior volunteers has been volunteering with Growing Gardens for 12 years. She shared with me that she “Is not a porta-potty gal” and in her 12 years at Growing Gardens, has only used them twice. This means she leaves our farm each time she uses the restroom, then returns to volunteer. 
Thank you for believing in Growing Gardens and helping to make our dreams a reality!
 
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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