Harvest Food Distributors recently teamed up with Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation and Denver Urban Gardens for a volunteer gardening day at Nome Park Community Garden. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and pitched in for a fun and productive garden build. We built garden boxes, placed weed covering and gravel in walkways, and filled garden boxes with dirt. A lot of shovels, wheel barrels and muscles were moving that day and everyone had a lot of fun in the process making new friends. There were about 24 volunteers and it was AMAZING what we accomplished in a few hours.
Harvest, Sprouts and Denver Urban Gardens are in it for the long haul. We all plan to return in a few months to plant the gardens with some Fall friendly veggies and fruits. Nome Park Community Garden is just about ten minutes from the Harvest Distribution Center in Aurora Colorado in a public park and across the street from Aurora Central High School. This community garden is part of the overall redevelopment of the park and a direct response to public engagement. The food from the garden will go to the surrounding community and schools.
A special shout goes out to Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation who coordinated and invited Harvest to get involved. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has invested $225,000 in a three- year partnership with Denver Urban Gardens, with a goal of helping this incredible nonprofit create 10 new community gardens, school-based nutrition education and more than 18 Youth Farm Stands that broaden access to nutritious foods in neighborhoods with limited resources. Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is mobilizing their team members and resources in Metro Denver to give back to the community! For more information about Denver Urban Gardens, visit www.dug.org.