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The Grow Local Colorado Campaign is thrilled to be partnering with Denver Parks and Recreation and the Parks Stewardship Program in 2010 to grow Edible Public Demonstration Gardens in four Denver parks: Civic Center, Berkeley, Highlands and Highlands Gateway. The produce will be planted, maintained and harvested by local volunteers. The food will go to Denver’s residents in need, delivered to such organizations as The Gathering Place, EarthLinks, and Food Bank of the Rockies.

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Photo: Denver Civic Center Garden, (left) Dana Miller in the garden

The purpose of the gardens is to demonstrate the beauty of edible gardens and to inspire and encourage Denver citizens to grow more vegetable gardens. The gardens will also engage community participation by inviting local residents, nonprofit groups, schools and businesses to “adopt” and tend one of the garden plots.

“In 2009 we were thrilled to partner with the City in growing a productive vegetable garden in Civic Center Park,” says Grow Local Colorado Campaign Director Dana Miller. “This pilot project was a great success, so much so that the edible gardens will be expanding to additional Denver Parks. The purpose of the Grow Local Colorado Campaign is to promote local food, local economy and local community, and these gardens support our mission beautifully.”

Individuals, community groups, nonprofits and local businesses are invited to “adopt” a garden and help plant, maintain and harvest the plots from May through October of 2010. To volunteer and for more information go to:, or call Dana Miller at 303-300-3547.


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