The thirty-plot community garden lies in the shadow of Liggins Towers, a brick high-rise full of Section 8 apartments in northeast Park Hill. The property is owned by Zion Baptist Church, the oldest African-American congregation west of the Mississippi, but the garden is relatively new; the Eastside ... More >>
Westword's Anthony Martin visited two urban farms and Denver Urban Homesteading, a farmer's market in the heart of Santa Fe Boulevard's warehouse district, and talked to farmers and retailers attempting to make a living from reclaimed land, small spaces and a Denver client base looking for alternati ... More >>
Bright yellow dandelions and gnarly horseweed certainly aren't very sexy when it comes to things that grow. But, this Friday, June 20, at Sprout City Farm's Weed Dating event, these weeds could be a catalyst for finding someone who makes your heart beet faster. "We are rich in veggie puns," says Al ... More >>
In the next three months, nearly 150 new restaurants will open in Denver, which translates to a lot of food in our mouths. Some have insisted that we're biting off more than we can chew -- that the Denver restaurant landscape is becoming too saturated and that we can't sustain the onslaught. I don't ... More >>
Eight years ago, after a $300,000 renovation job that installed low-maintenance plants, easily hosed-off pavement and benches where you could sit, not sleep, the city dedicated Edward J. "Eddie" Maestas Park at the corner of Broadway, Lawrence and Larimer streets, renaming Triangle Park after a long ... More >>
This past spring Maxfield's began working with local gardeners, urban farmers and other businesses, such as Root Down, to cultivate crops with premium organic soils from Maxfield's. And now that it's harvest time, the entire city is beginning to reap the benefits of those gardens. Maxfield's doesn't ... More >>
Upstairs at the Mercury Café tonight, it's all about local food as Sprout City Farms takes over with Sprout Down, a celebration of urban homesteading. A sliding-scale donation gets you two tickets to taste food from the Queen Anne Urban Bed & Breakfast, The Garden, Hanson's and the Truffle Cheese ... More >>
From 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow, September 8, Denver Urban Gardens and Art Farm will join forces for the sixth annual Harvest outdoor community art show and garden gala, held at the West Washington Park Community Garden located at 201 Grant Street in Denver.
Root DownA sampling of produce from the Root Down garden.Justin Cucci, owner of Root Down and Linger, has been gardening near Root Down since it opened three years ago. But he'll be the first to deny credit for what grows there. "I'm a city person," he says. "I have no green thumb in me. We ... More >>
After a long run throughout the mid-'80s and '90s, Jux County called it quits in 2001, but over the last decade the band has gone on to do a few reunion shows, including last year's Farmfest, which benefits Urban Farm, an urban garden that promotes sustainable communities. Jux County is retur ... More >>
The KitchenWhen Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson opened their newest restaurant, Boulder's Kitchen [Next Door], earlier this year, Musk was clear that the new space is about expanding the farm-to-table concept, which the flagship Kitchen pioneered, into something everyone can take part in: "We t ... More >>
Denver Urban Gardens has over 100 gardens in and around Denver, so chances are, if you've live anywhere near or in Denver, you've seen one. Urban gardening provides community residents the oppurtunity to grow their own food, participate in urban renewal and to help local nonprofits out with h ... More >>
Jenny AnDespite Colorado's short growing season, there's a growing movement in town of restaurants starting their own gardens. And Parsley has taken the local movement to a new level -- its roof. The tiny, organically-minded lunch spot in the Golden Triangle has planted a garden on top of it ... More >>
Root Down is collaborating with Denver Urban Gardens to host GreenShoots2, a celebration of urban agriculture and community gardens. The festivities, which run from 7:30 to 10 p.m., include food, drink and screenings of the Denver Urban Gardens research documentary, A Garden in Every Neighbo ... More >>
Denver Yard Harvest, a new urban farming initiative, is kicking off its cause at a fundraiser from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at Fuel Cafe. The non-profit group's goal is to harvest surplus fruits and vegetables from residential properties throughout town and distribute them to daycare facilit ... More >>
For Denver urban gardeners, the second week of May is the most fantastic week of the year. This is the week that the chances for a frost drop dramatically and it becomes safe to plant nearly any seed. Consequently, it is the week that urban farmers experience their greatest fantasies and mos ... More >>
Don't let this weekend's Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day party schedule keep you from digging in your garden. Summer weather blazes into town today and the heat is on -- especially for urban gardeners who plant electric-red Ruby Hill Habaneros from the Denver Neighborhood Seed Co....
The first annual Denver County Fair is only four months away! Lucky for urban farmers, prize-winning produce practically grows itself. With only 55 days to maturity, the Sloan Lake Purple Pop Top is a neighborhood favorite that is prized for its tasty roots and soaring green tops...
The first annual Denver County Fair is only four months away! Lucky for urban farmers, prize-winning produce practically grows itself. To get your urban garden growing, all you need is a patch of dirt and a packet of Denver County Fair neighborhood seeds...
Summit Prevention AllianceNancy's Community Garden in Frisco.When Amber Brummer was last in California, where she grew up, she bought a bunch of basil for 25 cents. That same amount would cost her about five dollars in Summit County, where she now lives. Brummer is part of the Leadership Clas ... More >>
Ietef Vita is an O.G.#97: Ietef Hotep Vita Words like "organic," "local" and "sustainable" may be so hot right now in the food world, but for Ietef Hotep Vita, they're family traditions. The son of noted organic gardener, poet and social justice advocate Ashara Ekundayo, Vita has forged his ... More >>
Feed Denver raises $16,000 with Bonterra's Campaign for Urban FarmingFeed Denver, a group that sets up urban farms around the Mile High City and trains neighbors to sustain them, had been chosen to participate in Bonterra's Campaign for Urban Farming, an effort by the organic winemaker to edu ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Denver loves the home-grown chain Chipotle, and the restaurant empire has been loving Denver right back. On September 11, several Chipotle locations donated a portion of their proceeds to B-Cycle. And today, all metro-area Chipotles will ll be giving 50 percent of the proceeds ... More >>
Last week, we reported Feed Denver's winter plans to build structures and continue its farming right into the cold months. Now, the organization might get some help. Bonterra Vineyards, a large organic wine producer in Mendocino County, and Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based urban farming and ... More >>
In 2008, shortly after she finished reading the Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, Lisa Rogers was trolling the internet when she found statistics related to the Colorado food supply. The Denver area spends over $5.7 billion on fresh food every year, she learned, but just $4 million of th ... More >>
railyarddogs.orgRailyard Dog Park construction.Students returning to East High School today can look forward to a lesson in community involvement over the next two years, courtesy of Denver's parks department. By the end of September, the city plans to demolish the former Safeway/Church in t ... More >>
Kelly WhitakerWhile the rest of us sweltered in the heat this weekend, Kelly Whitaker and his crew at Pizzeria Basta in Boulder finished planting an urban garden, using a tiny plot of land behind the restaurant's commercial space for three beds full of tomatoes, peppers, kale, basil, rosemary ... More >>
A Flickr photo.There are plenty of reasons why you might want to plant your own kitchen garden -- money and health foremost among them. But how do you go about figuring out what to plant, and how do you design your garden so that you get the same aesthetic pleasure from fruits and vegetables ... More >>
The Colorado Restaurant Association wanted to encourage a restaurateur to run for the District 1 seat on Denver City Council that Rick Garcia's vacating, and so far it has two, sort of, and a third candidate who's a leader in the urban farming movement. John Haney, a Denver police detective who co- ... More >>
Something strange is going on around Denver. Home owners are replacing sod with vegetable beds and building chicken coops by their garages. A power player is turning prime downtown real estate into a miniature farm, and a developer is planning a subdivision based around farmer's markets. Citizens ar ... More >>
Denver Urban Gardens is a nonprofit that helps create urban gardens around Denver. To date, DUG has supported more than eighty community gardens and open-space parks throughout the metro area. Now, with a $70,000 grant from Denver's Housing and Neighborhood Development Services department, it's help ... More >>
From Red Rocks to the big white balls of Buckley Air Force Base, Alameda Avenue runs through Lakewood, Denver and Aurora, collecting a series of religious, cultural and ethnic hubs along the way. Westword drove Alameda from one end to another for the fifth in our ocassional profiles of metro Denver ... More >>
Eric Matelski brings the gallery outside.
Step aside, mountain pine beetle. There’s a new, unstoppable animal taking over our fair state, and its name is the urban chicken. First the Denver Botanic Gardens held an April 26 class on raising chickens in the city, even though no one seemed certain whether the chickens were even allowed in ... More >>
Old Matelski had a farm ...
Yoga in the Park brings exercise down to earth.