News from Denver Urban Gardens: Spring 2014
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Spring 2014
Healthy Food
for Every Person

Too many Coloradans are coping with hunger and limited access to healthy food. Click here to learn the part that community gardens play in fighting food insecurity in our community, and what you can do to help. 

From your garden to your neighbor's table 
A proposed amendment to Denver's zoning code would allow sales of fresh produce and cottage foods from homes. Click here to read more about this exciting possibility. 

In school-based community gardens, generations connect

Community building, volunteerism and education are at the heart of each school-based community garden. DUG's Connecting Generations program brings people of ages together in a garden setting to learn and grow together. Click here to read more.  

Spring at DeLaney

Spring has arrived. The most hopeful part of the year, where all our dreams seem attainable and the soil smells wonderful and the sun has returned to warm the back of our necks and all is right in the world. The seed packets have arrived and the team is fired up and ready to grow some thangs. Read more. 

Thank you!

In addition to the generosity of many individuals, DUG is grateful to the following organizations for their tremendous support of our work:

  • 777 Investment Corporation

  • The Anschutz Foundation

  • Bucy Family Fund

  • The City and County of Denver

  • Colorado Department of Agriculture

  • The Colorado Health Foundation

  • Denver Recycles

  • Education First

  • Gates Family Foundation

  • Great Divide Brewing Company

  • Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP)

  • J.R. Albert Foundation

  • Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation

  • KEEN

  • Keltner Family Foundation

  • The Lowry Foundation

  • Natural Grocers

  • The Piton Foundation in partnership with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

  • Roots & Branches Foundation, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation

  • SCFD

  • SVP Denver, a fund of The Denver Foundation

  • TKH Realty

  • UNFI

  • USDA People's Garden Grant Program

  • Lloyd David and Carlye Cannon Wattis Foundation

  • Whole Foods Market

  • Wholesome Wave Foundation

New garden highlight: Triangle Park Community Garden
At the intersection of Park Avenue, Broadway, and Lawrence Street in downtown Denver, a host of community partners and neighbors are joining together to create a new community garden. Click here to learn more. 

The Accidental Guerilla Gardener

In this Underground's Garden Leader Spotlight, Garden Leader Coordinator Emily Frost tells the true story about the organic growth of a neighborhood, a garden, and the man who helped bring them together. Click here to read it!

Garden Leader Round Tables

At Garden Leader Round Tables, garden leaders gather together to share insight and resources, address common challenges together, and learn from DUG staff and one another about how to help their gardens reach their full potential. Click here to learn more!

Engaging community in the garden

We all know that community gardens are vibrant spaces for intergenerational learning and incredible tools for community health. A part of that is that they offer communal space for far more than planting, weeding, and watering. Community gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a variety of engaging activities. Here’s a list of some of our favorites that we have seen over the years:
Memorial services
Tai Chi
Healthy Halloween
Garden tours
Church services
Solstice parties
Yoga classes
Yard sales
Outdoor classrooms
Art studios
Blood drives
Craft fairs
Food and recipe exchanges
Seed and plant swaps
Harvest festivals
Movie nights
Art showings
If you are in a community garden, how have you utilized your community garden space in a unique way that engages your neighbors? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at 

Free composting workshops!

In partnership with Denver Recycles, Denver Urban Gardens offers free composting workshops multiple times each month, from April through October. Learn the basics of composting, the basics of vermicomposting (great for apartments and classrooms!), or how to build a healthy pile from scratch. Click here to view the schedule or to register!

Get your tickets!

Join Denver Urban Gardens at our headquarters at The Horse Barn for the second annual Growing Our Roots! On June 5th, we'll gather for fresh cocktails, hors d'oeuvres prepared by some of Denver's best chefs, and a silent auction. All proceeds will support the long-term sustainability of DUG's growing network of community gardens. This event will sell out! Get your tickets here. 

Events and Workshops

April through October
Free composting workshops

DPS Garden Meetup

Community Garden Event: Basic Organic Gardening at Rosedale Community Garden

Beekeeping Workshop at DeLaney Community Farm

Jeffco Healthy Schools School Garden Summit

Hunger, Faith, and Food Summit

Helping Kids Get Healthy Workshop: Plot Planning and Spring Planting

5/9 and 5/10
Denver Urban Gardens Plant Sale

Garden Leader Round Table: Engaging Your Gardeners

Garden Leader Office Hours

Growing Our Roots

Garden Leader Round Table: Starting a Produce Donation Program

Beekeeping Workshops at DeLaney Community Farm

6/16 - 6/20
CSA Camp for Kids at DeLaney Community Farm

Beekeeping Workshop for Kids at DeLaney Community Farm

Garden Leader Office Hours 

WIC Orientation at DeLaney Community Farm

Food Preservation for Beginners at DeLaney Community Farm

Helping Kids Get Healthy Workshop: Basic Organic Gardening for Youth Educators

Community Garden Bike Tour

Garden Leader Round Table: Effective Strategies for Conflict Management

Beekeeping Workshop at DeLaney Community Farm

History Colorado and Denver Urban Gardens Walking Tour

Herb Workshop at DeLaney Community Farm

Helping Kids Get Healthy Workshop: Connecting the Garden to Literacy

Beekeeping Workshop at DeLaney Community Farm

Garden Leader Round Table: Building Partnerships at School-Based Gardens

All events and workshops
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