Community gardens reflect the needs and desires of the people involved. They provide opportunities to bring diverse personalities together to plan, problem solve, work, share responsibilities and produce healthy food.
Click on image above to view all the various gardens (The Garden Project related or independent) in La Plata County!
La Plata County Community Gardens
Durango City Hall Garden (2010-Present)
Profile: The garden at City Hall was initially started by the Garden Project in 2010. The garden is now operated by city employees and is part of the City of Durango’s wellness program to encourage employees to exercise and eat well. During the summer a group of volunteer employees spend an hour on the garden every week. Not only does the garden provide yummy vegetables for the hardworking volunteers, but also serves as a tranquil place to sit during a lunch break!
Contact: Gloria Kaasch-Bueger, City Management Intern
Manna Soup Kitchen Garden (2005-Present)
Profile: Managed by The Garden Project, this garden flourishes with the help of many volunteer groups including Master Gardeners, Faith Groups, and Youth Groups. In 2013 over 1,000 lbs. of produce were harvested for the Manna kitchen. Plans to expand the garden include more beds, a hoop house, and possibly a green house to grow veggies for the Backpack Program. In 2014 we started a CSA program for Manna clients with food from the garden. Join us every Wednesday from 10am-12pm to help care for this beautiful and productive space!
Contact: Brooke Frazer, Garden Manager
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (2013-Present)
Profile: 2013 marked the first season for the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (OKCG) located on the north side of town at 564 E 30th Street. Ohana Kuleana is a Hawaiian word that means “Community Responsibility: we all own each other’s actions.” Plots are approximately 150 square feet and cared for by individuals, families, and groups/organizations.
Contact: Mia Carrasco-Songer, Garden Manager
Pine River Library Community Garden
Shared Harvest (2002-Present)
Profile: Shared Harvest Community Garden started in 2002 near Durango on the private farm of Bob Kauer and Jama Crawford with 30 households, perhaps the first community garden in La Plata County. The garden covers one cultivated acre plus outbuildings and today serves 80 households, who each work 2 hours a week in cooperative teams to raise organic vegetables and berry crops. Despite its 7,000 elevation and short frost free season, the garden is frequently cited by agricultural experts as one of the most productive gardens in the mountain southwest. In 2012 Shared Harvest began to operate year round after constructing a large solar-powered greenhouse.
Contact: Jama Crawford, [email protected]
Waterfall Village Community Garden (2009-Present)
Profile:The Waterfall Gardens are situated just below the waterfall on the west side of the Animas Valley, north of Durango on C.R. 203. The garden is a tapestry woven of delicious vegetables and colorful flowers. While mostly neighbors care for the gardens, gardeners from throughout the community are welcome to find respite in a peaceful setting where they can plant, tend and harvest their favorite crops. Our garden is pesticide and herbicide free.
All ages are welcome. Gardeners with experience support beginners to learn hands-on methods to nourish and protect our earth, bodies and lives. We are local.
Contact: Harriet at [email protected], and Taffy at [email protected]
- Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County (2011-2012)
- 911 Communications Center (2011)
- Mata Backyard Garden (2011)
- Durango Senior Center (2008- 2011)
- Manore Family Backyard Garden (2009)
- Commons Garden (2009)
- Sunshine Gardens (2005)
- Riverhouse Children’s House (2004-2006)
- Durango Housing Corporation South (1999-2005)
- Durango Housing Corporation North (2000-2005)
- Prugh Residential Garden (2004-2005)
- Smiley School of Arts and Education (1998-2000)
- Riverbend Center for Youth (1999)