About The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado


Our mission is to grow a healthier community through the support and development of school and community garden programs that promote health & wellness, environmental stewardship and a sustainable local food system.

We envision a thriving healthy community, where people are connected to their land, their food and each other through gardens.

Tagline:  Growing a healthier community… one garden at a time!
Our Purpose & History:  The Garden Project was founded in 1998 to provide therapeutic gardening experiences for at-risk youth in Durango, CO. Since then we have helped develop 20 school and community gardens in La Plata County. We’ve expanded our reach to work with people of all ages and experiences - believing that everyone, regardless of income, background or ability should have access to growing their own food and healthy nutrition.

Because 90% of Colorado kids don’t get enough fruits and veggies, and 50% of adults and 25% of kids are overweight or obese, we provide a diverse range of educational programs on gardening, cooking and nutrition, to expose Southwest Coloradoans to new fruits and veggies, and the skills to grow and prepare their own healthy food.

Annually we reach over 5,700 participants, provide over 8,400 educational hours, benefit from 2,300 volunteer hours, and harvest over 4,200 pounds of produce. Our target populations include youth and food-insecure families and individuals.

Our Main Gardens:
Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, Needham Elementary School Garden and other school gardens in Durango 9R School District.

Our Region: Most of our gardens are currently located within Durango city limits. We hope to expand our reach to better serve the rest of La Plata County and eventually the wider Southwest Colorado region.