Sites and Partners

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The Garden Project believes that each population has something to gain from working in a garden, which is why we strive to make the program easy for the community to participate in by bringing the gardens directly to their backyard.  Since our inception, The Garden Project has facilitated programs at over 19 school and community gardens.

The Garden Project is well integrated into a number of various non profit and service agencies.  These agencies, their staff and the people they serve have been the main beneficiary and work force of The Garden Project.  Our sustainability relies on the continued work with these and new partnerships.

Listed below are core partnerships of The Garden Project over the years. The years noted display the years we participated in the following gardens.

On- Site Garden Locations:

  1. Miller Middle School (2015 - current)
  2. Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (2013 - current)
  3. Manna Soup Kitchen (2005, 2007-current)
  4. Needham Elementary (2008-current)
  5. Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary (2007-current)
  6. Fort Lewis College Environmental Center (2012)
  7. City Hall- downtown Durango location (2010- 2012)
  8. Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County (2011-2012)
  9. 911 Communications Center (2011)
  10. Mata Backyard Garden (2011)
  11. Durango Senior Center (2008- 2011) 
  12. Manore Family Backyard Garden (2009)
  13. Commons Garden (2009)
  14. Sunshine Gardens (2005)
  15. Riverhouse Children’s House (2004-2006)
  16. Durango Housing Corporation South (1999-2005)
  17. Durango Housing Corporation North (2000-2005)
  18. Prugh Residential Garden (2004-2005)
  19. Smiley School of Arts and Education (1998-2000)
  20. Riverbend Center for Youth (1999)

Additional community/school/youth garden locations have been served through community-wide events, guest farmer and garden days and other school and community garden resources.

Participating Organizations/ Volunteer Work Services:

  1. Fort Lewis College: Service Tree Program, Foreign-exchange program, Environmental Center and Ecology Program (1998-current)
  2. CSU Extension Master Gardener Program (2005, 2008-current)
  3. Durango Elks Lodge (2013)
  4. Animas High School (2013 - current)
  5. Useful Public Services (2008-2011)
  6. Upward Bound (2008-2011)
  7. La Plata Youth Services (1998- 2011)
  8. Southwest Conservation Corps (2008-2011)
  9. Durango High School (2008- 2011)
  10. Americorps (2010, 2011)
  11. Durango Empowerment (2009, 2010)
  12. Leadership La Plata (2010)
  13. Park Elementary (2010)
  14. Del Alma (2009, 2010)
  15. Mosaic Charter School in Aztec  (2010)
  16. Telluride Academy (2010)
  17. YouthBuild La Plata (2005)
  18. Community of Learners (1998)
  19. Intermountain Youth Center (1998)
  20. Riverbend Center for Youth (1998)

Coalitions/ Working Partners:

  1. Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado (2005-current)
  2. Cooking Matters (2009-current)
  3. Fort Lewis College Environmental Center (2008-current)
  4. CSU Extension La Plata County 
  5. Old Fort at Hesperus
  6. Southern Ute Community Action Programs
  7. Twin Buttes Farm
  8. Montezuma School to Farm Project (2014-current)
  9. Healthy Community Food Systems
  10. Healthy Lifestyle La Plata (2006-current)
  11. Southwest Colorado Farm to School Working Group (2005-current)
  12. Turtle Lake Refuge (1998-current)
  13. Southwest Marketing Network (2005-current)
  14. Neighborhood Network Center (1999-2006)
  15. Community for Service Learning (1998-1999)
  16. Youth Build La Plata (2004)
  17. La Boca Center for Sustainability (2005-2010)