Boulder is ranked the #1 happiest city in the country, and with its beautiful scenery, strong sense of community, and active lifestyle, that makes perfect sense. It’s easy to contribute to all three, and one of the most beneficial ways to do so is by participating in a community garden. Here is everything you need to know about owning a plot in Boulder County.
Growing Gardens is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to building community through sustainable agriculture. They offer eleven locations throughout Boulder County with over 500 plots available for growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs, or flowers. Spots fill up quickly through Growing Gardens as registration opened on January 15th. Ensure your best chance for a plot by signing up for the waitlist as soon as possible.
Colorado State University Boulder Extension Office
The CSU Boulder Extension office in Longmont is home to several dozens of 600 square foot plots. Cost for a plot here is low; however, spots fill up quickly. This extension office services the community by not only supplying plots, but also offering classes, demonstration gardens, and consultations for gardeners with questions or concerns. To learn more about their programs or to get on the waitlist for a plot, contact Amy Lippold at (303) 678-6238.
Second Start Community Garden
Situated in Longmont, the Second Start Community Garden aims to help individuals, families, and the community combat hunger and build stronger relationships. The 53 plots available can be rented individually or by groups, making it an ideal spot to grow a garden with friends or family. Second Start is dedicated to the community of Longmont, as well as sustainable practices. The garden requires each renter to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours and to garden organically with water conservation in mind. Those with extra produce are also encouraged to donate it to OUR center to help local families in need. Contact Susan Spaulding at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved with Second Start.
The aim of a community garden is more than providing the space for those who need it to grow their own produce or flowers. A community garden is an opportunity to learn from one another, make new connections, build relationships, and take care of the environment. Gardeners at any of the above locations can expect to find bustling plots, high community outreach, and a welcoming environment for all. Community gardens are a popular part of Boulder life, so sign up for a waitlist today.