Virtual Tour Stop #5
In 2022, we anticipate that Participants will grow and harvest more than 1,300 lbs. of produce from the garden. Food is consumed directly by participants or donated to the Community Center food bank next door. Our facility brings life, growth, and organic food to individuals who often lack access to nature, gardening, and fresh produce.
Additionally, participants in the program learn essential food-production and food/flower gardening skills by working directly in the garden. Many participants develop meaningful connections with plants and the earth, and some carry their experience home, initiating their own modest gardening endeavors.
EarthLinks practices organic growing methods and prioritizes using native plants where possible. Absolutely no pesticides are used onsite. Instead, we use organically-certified methods, like floating row cover and beneficial parasitic nematodes, to control for unwanted pests. We are developing a xeriscape garden space on our “tree lawn” which will use native plants, attract pollinators, and reduce water usage. This year, we sourced the majority of our open-pollinated, heirloom, and organic seeds from local front-range seed providers. EarthLinks holistically practices Earth care in our gardens by using organic methodologies, sourcing seeds locally, growing native plants, and reducing water usage.
Perhaps our most important contribution is that we make gardening and local food more inclusive: individuals experiencing homelessness can enjoy food that they plant, cultivate, and harvest themselves.
Next Steps: Walk towards the big grey building which has a brown pergola in front of it. Scan the code on the door to learn more!