Community Gardens

community gardens

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. 

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden   l   Manna Soup Kitchen Community Garden


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)City_Hall_2014.png
Durango, CO

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: Imogen Ainsworth, Sustainability Coordinator





Manna Soup Kitchen Garden (2005-Present)DSCN0434.JPG
Durango, CO

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: Sarah Marcus, Americorps Food Security Program Coordinator






Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (2013-Present)

Durango, CO

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.

ContactSarah Marcus, Americorps Food Security Program Coordinator




Pine River Library Community Garden
Bayfield, CO
Profile: The Pine River Library Community Garden is our living library with a variety of green features including a nature-inspired play area, seating areas, straw bale tool shed, geodesic greenhouse (for educational use), garden loom, and happy bug abode.

Contact: or Pine River Garden Club on Facebook






Waterfall Village Community Garden (2009-Present)

Waterfall_Village_Community_Garden.jpgDurango, CO
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: Taffy


  • 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)