Beeler Street Community Garden
Established in 1995, the Beeler Street Community Garden has been fostering a sense of community in Aurora, Colorado for over 18 years. Beeler Street Garden was created by Doris Emsley, a grandmother and community advocate who worked to rid the neighborhood of crime and food insecurity. The garden is a member of Denver Urban Gardens which is the garden’s fiscal agent. The one acre garden offers forty-six individual plots with an estimated 140 gardeners and their families. The garden is a melting pot of cultures with gardeners coming from the United States and all corners of the world including Nepal, Mexico, Bhutan and Myanmar. The garden increases families’ access to fresh produce and opportunity for physical activity. The garden also contributes to a healthy mental state by providing an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and to connect with neighbors. The garden allows families who live in surrounding apartments the opportunity to take ownership of a small piece of land. Gardeners are able to grow their own cultural foods which may be difficult to find at the local grocery stores. The steering committee plans garden gatherings once per month in the summer to promote a sense of community and to get families and the neighborhood involved in the garden. Gatherings include healthy refreshments, music, dancing, games and garden projects.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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