The Urban Garden Project is a visionary initiative by Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) that’s set to revolutionize the way we connect, cultivate, and nourish our communities.
We invite you to join us in creating a flourishing network of community gardens across the nation –
a movement that goes beyond just growing food, and focuses on nurturing relationships, empowering individuals, and healing the planet.
We believe that everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food, vibrant communities, and a sustainable future.
Community gardens are more than just plots of land – they’re spaces for empowerment, learning, and transformation. Our mission is to expand the community garden movement to every urban neighborhood, fostering a culture of self-sufficiency, connection, and positive environmental impact.
Community gardens have a rich history of fostering positive change.
Originating in the 1970s, they’ve grown to become vital community spaces where people of all backgrounds come together to grow food, share stories, and cultivate belonging. Unlike traditional farms, community gardens empower individuals to actively participate in food production, reconnect with nature, and build relationships. These gardens are an antidote to food deserts, a remedy for social isolation, and a catalyst for sustainable urban living.
The Urban Garden Project
At its core, The Urban Garden Project is about simplicity, sustainability, and synergy.
By creating and supporting community gardens across the nation, we aim to:
Gardens bring neighbors together, fostering a sense of belonging and shared purpose.
Through gardening, individuals regain agency over their food supply and well-being.
Combat Climate Change
Gardens contribute to carbon sequestration, healthy soil, and reduced water consumption.
Increase Food Access
The produce grown in these gardens provides fresh, locally sourced food to those who need it most.
What We’re Building:
The heart of The Urban Garden Project is our comprehensive playbook. This invaluable resource covers all aspects of establishing and nurturing community gardens, including:
- Back Office Management: Leveraging Salesforce for seamless garden administration.
- Garden Creation: Steps to initiate and maintain a thriving community garden.
- Leadership Guide: Empowering garden leaders with the tools they need.
- Food Access Strategies: Making fresh produce accessible to all.
- Land Use Agreements: Models for sustainable land usage.
- Therapeutic Gardens: Connecting mental health and well-being to gardening.
- Inclusion and Belonging: Creating diverse and welcoming spaces.
- Fundraising Essentials: Tips for sustainable financial support.
DUG’s efforts in the Denver area have already transformed neighborhoods, fostering community, providing access to fresh organic produce, and sequestering carbon. By extending our approach across the nation, we project significant impacts:
- An annual production of millions of pounds of fresh, organic vegetables.
- Greening of hundreds of acres of land.
- Supporting tens of thousands of gardeners in cultivating their own food.
- Fostering connections and reducing isolation in communities.
- Enhancing food access for local residents.