An Urban and Organic Feast
On October 22, 2015, we had the priviledge of judging the Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) Gather 'Round organic cooking competition. The challenge pitted Denver restaurants like Root Down, WaterCourse Foods and Humboldt: Farm, Fish & Wine against one another as they whipped up dishes using organic produce from DUG's urban agriculture project, DeLaney Community Farm. DUG is using the event proceeds to create new urban gardens throughout the Denver area in 2016.
Pictured: Some of the amazing fare created by chefs at the event. Photo courtesy of Denver Urban Gardens.
Other than hosting pretty cool events, what does DUG do? Established in 1985, DUG works alongside residents to grow community one urban garden at a time. DUG offers neighborhoods the essential resources for community gardens, including ongoing technical expertise with:
- Securing sustainable land for gardens;
- Designing and building gardens;
- Supporting garden organization, leadership, outreach and maintenance;
- Utilizing gardens as extraordinary places for learning and healthy living; and
- Linking gardens with related local food system projects and policy.
DUG currently operate more than 145 community gardens throughout Metro Denver, including more than 40 school-based community gardens. In addition to building and supporting community gardens, they operate DeLaney Community Farm, the Master Composter Training Program, the Master Community Gardener Training Program, the Free Seeds and Transplants Program and provide extensive opportunities for youth education in nutrition and gardening.