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Garden Community Partners

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Students transplanting seedlings at Ellis Elementary in May 2015

Our amazing garden community partners support our students and teachers in their gardening endeavors.  From providing standards based curriculum, to building garden sites, to growing food for local food banks, they have a huge impact on our students, schools and community.  We are proud to team with them to provide countless opportunities for our students to encounter nature and grow just like the plants they tend.  Thank you community partners for all your hard work and commitment.  If your organization is interested in becoming a DPS community partner please contact DPS Sustainability.

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With more than 30 years of experience developing resilient community gardens in the metro Denver area, Denver Urban Gardens is in a unique position to impact local food systems, model sustainable environmental practices and educate diverse neighborhoods in genuine ways. Our network currently consists of over 160 community gardens, with five to eight new gardens in various stages of planning each year.
For over 20 years, DUG has worked in partnership with DPS to establish gardens. DUG is committed to supporting each community garden in ways appropriate to that garden’s particular needs, including developing a partnership between the school community and surrounding neighbors to strengthen garden sustainability. We believe the lessons offered in a garden are life changing for children of all backgrounds, but in particular, those from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Through the wonders of a garden, students experience hands-on lessons in: science and nutrition, gardening, and community building.

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Big Green builds Learning Gardens in schools across the country. Our Learning Gardens are engaging outdoor classrooms that connect kids to real food, increase academic achievement, and drive community engagement.  Our Mission: To strengthen communities by accelerating the Real Food Movement at scale.
Big Green builds Learning Gardens to be dynamic outdoor classrooms and productive edible gardens, in schools around the country. We recognize that each school and community is unique, which is why our gardens are customizable. They are custom-designed for each school by our team of landscape architects and designers. The Learning Garden transforms urban schoolyards into vibrant gathering places bursting with life. We pair each Learning Garden with support from our talented team of Garden Educators, whose job it is to help schools plant and harvest a thriving garden and support teachers’ use of the Learning Garden as a teaching tool. Big Green Community helps students dig into their education, thrive with nutritious foods and healthy habits, and become active participants in strengthening their communities.

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Slow Food is a global, grassroots movement founded in Italy over thirty years ago. Today, it is present in over 160 countries, with about 150 chapters in the United States. Slow Food inspires individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all.

Seeking dramatic and lasting change in the local food system, Slow Food Denver reconnects the Front Range communities with the people, traditions, plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food.

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Many of our gardeners produce more than they can use.  Please consider donating it to a local food bank.  Metro Caring is a wonderful food distribution site and advocate. 

As Denver’s frontline anti-hunger organization, Metro Caring works with our community to meet people’s immediate need for nutritious food while building a movement to address the root causes of hunger. Metro Caring offers innovative programming in Healthy Foods Access, Nutrition Education and Cooking Classes, ID Procurement, Urban Gardening, and Community Activation.

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SustainEd Farms creates and manages farms and gardens on school campuses. Through hands-on learning experiences, we teach students about nutrition and sustainability. All produce grown with students on our farms goes back to the community to create a more food-just Denver.

SustainEd Farms is built on sustainable farming practices, equal access to knowledge and resources, rigorous experiential instruction, and community engagement.

We are growing and learning in Denver Public Schools and oversee the garden and farm programming at Denver Green School NE.

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Grow Local Colorado was founded in 2009 with the mission of promoting local food, local economy and local community. 

We are an active group of change-makers working to create resilient, vibrant and sustainable communities.

We’re looking forward to another season connecting to our mission to grow and share fresh produce with and for those in our community lacking access to healthy food.

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The mission of Frontline Farming is to create greater equity across our food system on the Front Range of Colorado. We specifically seek to support and create greater leadership and access for women and people of color in our food systems. We achieve these goals through growing food, listening, educating, honoring land and ancestors, policy initiatives, and direct action.

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Sprout City Farms builds educational urban farms to engage communities, strengthen neighborhood resiliency, and root farmers in the city. We envision a thriving local food system supported by a network of accessible city farms which nourish, and are nourished by, their surrounding communities.  We believe that a thriving local food system is the foundation for healthy, resilient communities. We strive to ensure food-secure communities by developing and strengthening the local food system.  The Denver Green School Community Farm is a one-acre organic vegetable farm established in the spring of 2011 on the grounds of the Denver Green School SE in partnership with Denver Public Schools.

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Don’t let your extra garden produce go to waste!  Denver Food Rescue will make sure your veggies are distributed to those in our community that need them most. 

Fresh Food Connect utilizes technology to solve two problems — excess garden produce and food insecurity. If you have extra produce, you can schedule pickups via the Fresh Food Connect app. Then, our courier team will pick up the produce on bicycles and distribute it in local neighborhoods facing food insecurity.

If you are a home or community gardener in 80207, 80205, 80220, 80203, 80210, 80212, 80221, 80211 DFR or Groundwork Denver will come right to your doorstep to pick up your garden grown produce and share it with community based organizations addressing food access in their neighborhoods!

Each One Teach One Sunflower in Garden

Each One Teach One gives children the power of words and the enjoyment of learning about the world. Since 2012, our goal is to get all children reading on grade level so they can be productive in school and their communities.  Learning in the garden is central to Each One Teach One and allows students to interact with the living world.  Each One Teach One volunteers run the garden at Marie L. Greenwood Academy.

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Since 1995, Focus Points has been serving and advocating for families in the Greater Denver Area. Our vision: Families empower themselves by attaining the tools needed to unlock their potential and contribute to a thriving, vibrant community.

Our mission: To build better communities by strengthening families. At Focus Points, we believe that a strong family is made up of thriving individuals. This means that both children and caregivers have the support they need to pursue their goals.

Our multigenerational programs meet families’ needs by connecting them to resources to build healthy, strong families.

Focus Points partnered with DPS at the garden at Swansea to provide work opportunities and space to grow food for their own distribution center. 

Support Focus Points and try some great food by supporting Comal.  Comal is a lunch restaurant and training program started by Focus Points Family Resource Center. The Comal program provides skills in culinary arts and business as a platform for economic development to immigrants and refugees—who originate from countries like Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia. The program gives participants a venue to celebrate their culinary traditions while learning about entrepreneurship and professional food services.

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Grow and Give Program allows backyard gardeners to contribute to fighting food insecurity right here in Colorado.  Learn to grow food and donate extra locally. The resources below are designed to help you grow your own food this year and beyond. You got this, Colorado! Colorado State University Extension & Master Gardeners are here to help every step of the way.

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The Growhaus

Healthy food is a right, not a privilege.

The mission of The GrowHaus is to cultivate community-driven food justice through education and food access. We offer food distribution programming and educational opportunities related to growing and cooking food, as well as overall wellness.

We strive to be a community-driven organization, meaning that our goal is to have all programs led and implemented by members of our community or others from similar neighborhoods. We are successful when the youth, families, and communities we work with are empowered to feed, nourish and strengthen themselves and each other.