Community gardens are vital to healthy societies, which is why MAD Greens is partnering with Denver Urban Gardens
(DUG) through 2017 to help grow community one urban garden at a time. Starting this summer, MAD Greens will be helping DUG construct a community garden in Golden as well as provide financial and in-kind support for the nonprofits various programs, educational events and fundraisers.
Over the next year, MAD Greens will be working with Denver Urban Gardens in several ways, including:
- Building a community garden at Goldens Shelton Elementary where more than 20 local families have already signed up to farm their own plot in the garden.
- Providing volunteer support where MAD Greens team members will contribute more than 300 volunteer hours to help build the Shelton Elementary Community Garden.
- Financially supporting the Free Seeds and Transplants program where DUG gives away vegetable seeds and transplants to in-need families to grow their own food. In 2015, DUG estimates that participating families were able to save more than $400 on their grocery bill because of the program.
- Donating proceeds from the Alferd Packer Salad where $1 from every seasonal Alferd Packer salad will be donated to DUG for one month while its on the menu.
Pictured: When the all-local Alferd Packer salad returns to all Colorado MAD Greens later this summer, $1 from every salad sold will benefit Denver Urban Gardens.
- Supporting DUGs annual fundraising event, Gather Round where MAD Greens will provide food, ingredients and support for the event. Funds raised at the event will benefit new DUG gardens in 2017.
- Providing in-kind support for workshops and events where MAD Greens will donate salads and wraps during various DUG education events throughout the year.
Were thrilled that MAD Greens is involved in our organization because theyre helping to empower the local community and contribute to the health of those who live there, says DUG Executive Director Michael Buchenau. We estimate that each community garden plot serves about four people very directly, and the folks gardening in that plot serve another eight people with each plot supporting about 12 folks and were looking at over 100 people impacted by each garden. So when you start to add that up across our network, its a significant number.
Pictured: DUG Executive Director Michael Buchenau at a DUG community garden in Denver.
DUG was established in 1985 to support Denver residents in creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens. Recent research conducted in partnership with the Colorado School of Public Health has shown DUGs efforts have positively influenced community health and food security. One of the DUG programs MAD Greens will be supporting is the Free Seeds and Transplants program which distributes free vegetable seeds and plants across the Denver metro area.
Were incredibly grateful for the support of MAD Greens for this program, said DUG Director of Horticulture Jessica Romer. Every dollar we receive will help us provide more seeds and plants to the folks most in need in our community. It will give them the resources they need to create something for themselves and allow them to eat for the entire season.
Pictured: Jessica Romer at a DUG community garden in Denver.