Scattering the seeds of community

Growing Gardens cultivates a bounty

We are delighted this month to feature a group that makes the graceful art of gardening more accessible to everyone in Boulder Valley,  Growing Gardens.

With programs for seasoned growers, those looking to turn a black thumb green and everyone in between, Growing Gardens is a 15-year-old nonprofit that provides a wide variety of  urban agricultural offerings to the entire community.

An anchor of the organization’s work is providing community garden plots, where those lacking backyard terra firma can sign up to tend a hunk of earth in a communal setting. Growing Gardens maintains extensive community gardens in Boulder, Longmont and Louisville. Watch this space as we’ll be featuring gardeners from the Hawthorn Community Garden in Boulder here later this month.

Extensive educational outreach is also a staple offering and Growing Gardens’ ¡Cultiva! Youth Project has been widely lauded for the outcomes it has achieved in connecting young people with organic farming. We’ll be telling more of the ¡Cultiva! story here, too.

On Growing Gardens’ to-do list this season is the creation of a new urban orchard, designed to teach backyard gardeners the ins and outs of sustainable fruit gardening while demonstrating which berries and fruit trees are best suited to Colorado’s climate. We’ll cover the orchard’s ground breaking May 13.

With Boulder Valley’s average last frost date of May 3* fast approaching (experienced gardeners say wait until May 15), the start of the growing season is underway full force. We can’t think of a better group to profile as our May Featured Friend than Growing Gardens.