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The Adams County Parks and Community Resources Department recently received a grant in the amount of $81,051 from the Tri-County Health Department to renovate an existing community garden area adjacent to the Adams County Head Start Sunshine Center, located at 7111 E. 56th Avenue in Commerce City. Grant funds will be also be used to facilitate gardening by children, parents, and community volunteers. Project partners include the Adams County Head Start program staff and Denver Urban Gardens.
Grant funding awarded to Adams County is part of $3 million in grants issued from the Tri-County Health Department to local governments and school districts across Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties to support policy, systems, and environmental change to promote healthy eating and active living. These funds are part of the $10.5 million, two-year grant that Tri-County received as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative (CPPW), which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Who Will the Garden Benefit?
The garden will benefit families with children enrolled in the Head Start Program, the Adams County Food Bank, and members of the community. The primary goal of the project is to increase access to fresh, healthy foods for families with children enrolled in the Head Start Program and encourage children, parents, and community volunteers to experience garden-related activities.
Renovations to the community garden site were completed by Adams County Parks Maintenance staff, Denver Urban Gardens, and community volunteers. Site renovations included construction of a new walkway leading to the entrance of the garden, two new sheds, and new fencing; upgrades to the irrigation system; and development of the garden area including crusher fine walkways and garden plots.
Planting, Maintaining, and Caring for the Garden
Throughout the summer, children, parents, teachers, and community volunteers helped plant crops in the garden. Crops that were planted include pumpkin, squash, peppers, carrots, raspberries, strawberries, and herbs. Families have been encouraged to take garden-fresh fruits and vegetables home to enjoy. Eventually, fruits and vegetables harvested from the garden will be used in school lunches and donated to the Food Bank located in the same building.
Volunteers from the Community Needed!
Members of the community are encouraged to get involved with this project. Volunteers from the community will assist project leaders with tasks ranging from assisting in the creation of crusher fine walkways to planting and maintaining the garden to helping to engage children in garden-related tasks. Please note that all volunteers must pass a criminal background check before becoming official volunteers with the project.