Ridgway Community Garden
Ridgway is a small rural town located in southwest Colorado, population 962. In 2007, Ridgway community members formed an alliance to take care of each other’s needs by learning and growing together as gardeners. Starting with a handful of avid gardeners, and through the educational support of Colorado State University’s Master Gardener Program, use of private land, generous support of Southwest Institute for Resilience, and donation of summer water by the Town of Ridgway, Ridgway Community Garden (RCG) has grown to over 60 members.
RCG’s mission is to create an organic community garden that nurtures its soil, plants, and gardeners. With this work we will learn that our food choices positively impact the environment, the local economy, our health, and others that are unable to purchase or grow healthy food.
We operate by offering both Share garden and Rental garden plots, which means that any community member can join the garden for only a nominal fee and garden collectively with other knowledgeable gardeners. Share garden members are organized in seven teams, each led by an experienced team leader. Based on our 7000ft elevation and season-long planting program, current teams include allium, brassica, bean/pea crop, permaculture/perennials, potato and squash, root crops, and salad greens.
Our organic and local growing benefits families and seniors not only in Ridgway but throughout our county. Children in our community benefit through our partnerships with Ridgway Elementary School and the county’s Voyager School Program (http://voyageryouthprogram.org/index.html). We sponsor the Voyager School Program with a vegetable plot each summer, and classrooms of children visit the garden to dig in the soil, learn about natural processes, and experience delicious, freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. We will also deliver produce to food kitchens in the local area each month of the growing season, benefitting 50 additional families.
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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