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Eating from the garden for 30 days at Denver Botanic Garden

Clean eating is a big topic these days. Now, Denverites have the opportunity to take the movement to a whole new level, as Denver Botanic Gardens begins a four-series class that teaches and challenges participants to utilize their own gardens every day for 30 days. Welcoming beginner to expert gardeners, Eating from the Garden will vary for each participant and his or her goals. For example, goals might include eating from your garden for one meal a day, all three meals each day, or even eating one item from your garden at every meal. Beginning September Aug. 26 at a rate of $60 per-member and $67 per-non-member, classes will consist of garden mapping, harvesting techniques, meal planning (with a potluck), and more. The remaining classes will take place Sep. 2, Sep. 16 and Sep. 30 at 6 p.m.

Eating from the Garden was inspired by Gardens instructor Jennifer Verprausskas and two colleagues' attempt to live off of their personal urban organic gardens for 30 days, sharing with each other but not eating food from any outside sources. Jennifer Verprauskas has her degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a Denver Master Composter, a Permaculture Design Certificate holder, volunteers as a Colorado Master Gardener, and owns UpBeet Landscapes, an edible landscape design firm. She is part of the Colorado Permaculture community and is passionate about teaching people how to live off of their land. The entire journey with Jennifer and her colleagues can be read here.

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