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Denver Community Gardens go green

Community gardens are green in more than one way.
Community gardens are green in more than one way.
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Plots in community gardens are popular in Denver. The Mile High City is well known for its' green mentality. Denver community gardens allow people without garden space to grow their own. A community garden is divided into rental plots, shared by a group of friends or neighbors.

Denver community gardens are not just a place to raise vegetables.

These are real communities where people get to know each other by working together on growing some of the finest garden produce around. There are also potluck events where gardeners use their culinary and garden skills together to produce some tasty food.

Gardening is all about getting out in the sun and exercising tired winter muscles.

Raking, weeding, hoeing and planting offers some of the best work outs around. Community gardens also physically benefit disabled and elderly people by keeping them active in the community.

Denver Urban Gardens helps turn unsightly property into useful growing space.

They have established well over 65 community gardens. Check their website for updates, availability, cost and applications. Rules differ, but each person is responsible for planting and caring for their own plot.

Gove Community Garden - 1325 Colorado Boulevard

Gove Community Garden has been in operation since 1993. This garden features about 58 plots. The average size plot is 10x15. Like many community gardens, this was once a vacant lot and home to unsavory activities like drug dealing.The community garden has not just changed this one lot, but the face of the entire area.

A collaboration between it's former neighbor, Gove Middle School, Denver Urban Gardens and Denver Recycles, this lot is now home to ecofriendly organic education and gardening. Classes on composting are held here each year. Gove community garden's loyal long term members have completely transformed this unsightly lot into a beautiful space.

Cook Park Community Garden - 1700 S. Holly

Otherwise known as Ashgrove, this community garden was established in 1985. There are two sizes of plots available here. Gardeners can opt for either a 10x10 or a 5x5 gardening plot. Gardeners here happily share their culturally diverse produce. Donations are made on a regular basis to Project Angel Heart.

Community gardens often offer green education. Ashgrove is no exception. Classes here are held by Rocky Mountain School for Expeditionary Learning. Students receive active participation environmental lessons. Cook Park community gardens are decorated with murals, pottery and other artwork by students from local schools.

Baker Community Garden - 75 W. Bayaud St.

Baker Community Garden was established in 1991. The garden plots here are 16x16. There are 21 of them. The key word at Baker Community Gardens is community. These nice folks hold wine and cheese social events and even water your plot when you are away!

The Samaritan Shelter receives donations of produce from Baker Community Gardens. Many individual impoverished families are also helped by this enterprise. Veteran gardeners help out the newbies with advice and tips on growing yummy vegetables.

This Denver community garden even has a shed where shared tools are stored. Tired gardeners rest their bones at a picnic table between two shade trees to chat. My guess is that many conversations center around fertilizer, compost and natural pesticides.

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