The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

Program Type: 
Academic Classrooms, Support Organization
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, College/University, Adults/Professionals
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About the Program: 

The Garden Project’s mission is to grow a healthier community through garden programs, education and access to local produce. Since 1998 we have helped develop 22 school and community gardens in the rural, high-desert Southwest. We work with people of all ages and experiences - believing that everyone, regardless of income, background or ability, should have access to affordable, healthy food. Annually we reach over 5,700 participants in our region, provide over 8,400 educational hours, benefit from 2,300 volunteer hours, and harvest over 4,200 pounds of produce. In January 2018, The Garden Project was awarded the 2017 Non-Profit of the Year by the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

We run hands-on, inquiry based educational programs that are inclusive and fun. We work with a set of workplace culture principals and lead all volunteer trainings with the same set of principles which describe the ways we work together to fulfill our mission, vision, and implement programs.