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Garden of Eatin’

Denver Urban Gardens outgrew its office a long time ago; much like a root ball squeezing its way out of a clay pot, DUG was confined and finding it more and more difficult to get things done in a packed space where desk-sharing is the norm. But that will change in June, when DUG moves into new digs at the Horse Barn, a newly renovated nonprofit co-working community at 33rd and Arapahoe streets in Five Points. “For an organization that runs several training programs and oversees 125 community gardens across the city, that will have a broad impact,” says DUG spokeswoman Abby Harris. “Not only will we have bigger offices, but we’ll also have access to more than 12,000 square feet of common space: classrooms, meeting rooms, event spaces, a demonstration kitchen and a walk-in cooler.”

And the possibilities will just keep growing from there: DUG is looking at demonstration gardens and an affordable, locally sourced farmers’ market to serve the neighborhood. “Right now, there’s no place to get fresh produce in the neighborhood,” Harris says. “For both tenants and neighbors, this will be a game-changer for us. We’ll actually become a destination.”

DUG, she notes, has reached 88 percent of its fundraising goal for improvements in the new space — but there’s still $40,000 to go. And so the organization will host Growing Our Roots, a gathering from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight that features a silent auction and garden-themed small plates and cocktails at the Populist, 3163 Larimer Street, preceded by sneak-peek tours of the Horse Barn facility at 5 p.m. Tickets are $100; reserve yours at
Sun., May 19, 6-9 p.m., 2013


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