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Grow Locally

West Vail Community Garden

The mission of the West Vail Community Garden is to enhance the quality of life of Vail's citizens and strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining an organic garden that will foster environmental stewardship, education and a sense of community. The gardens are located in the Intermountain Neighborhood of West Vail.

Minturn Community Garden

A Project of the Minturn Community Fund which exists to connect people and to to enrich and preserve Minturn's authentic community. Through the organization's work, Minturn will be a healthy, vibrant and authentic community that meets the challenge of change while preserving its rich history and small town character. The community garden was established in 2012.

Eagle-Vail Community Garden

The EagleVail Community Garden is an organic garden where we grow healthy food, create beauty, nurture relationships between young and old, create educational opportunities, connect people to the environment and their food source, and foster a more sustainable community.

Avon Community Garden

A project of Vail Valley Salvation Army in Avon; this community garden started in 2013. Plots are distributed to families in need and local residents.

Eagle Community Garden

The mission of the Eagle Community Gardens is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and to preserve Eagle County’s agricultural history and our environment in Eagle, Colorado. The garden was created in 2001.

Buy Locally

Ripe, a permanent farmers' stand in Edwards open Monday-Friday from noon to 7pm has a full selection of Colorado produce. Gretchen Schramm and Mike Hovey, the owners, are connecting Colorado farmers to consumers by picking up produce from over 7 different farms on the Western Slope and stocking their market with the finest Colorado has to offer. Ripe's mission is to engage, educate and excite the Vail Valley community about eating locally. To learn more check out this article and visit their Facebook page.

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

CSA is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters that provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. Supporters cover a farm's yearly operating budget by purchasing a share of the season's harvest. CSA members make a commitment to support the farm throughout the season, and assume the costs, risks and bounty of growing food along with the farmer or grower. Members help pay for seeds, fertilizer, water, equipment maintenance, labor, etc. In return, the farm provides, to the best of its ability, a healthy supply of seasonal fresh produce throughout the growing season. Becoming a member creates a responsible relationship between people and the food they eat, the land on which it is grown and those who grow it. Here are a few nearby:

Austin Family Farm

Austin Family Farm is located in Paonia, Colorado. It is owned and operated by Glenn and Tony Austin and family since 1970. They are committed to growing quality food in a natural, sustainable way.  Austin Family Farm provide many natural food stores, farmer's markets and CSA members in Colorado with fresh, high-quality, naturally grown fruits and vegetables.

Door-To-Door Organics

Door to Door Organics is Colorado's home, office and co-op delivery service of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and select groceries. Each week of the year they deliver the freshest organic goodies directly to your door at competitive prices.

Sustainable Settings

Sustainable Settings is located in Carbondale and is a working ranch that produces beyond organic fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, and grass fed lamb, beef, and yak meat and holiday turkeys selling from our ranch store, CSA and at the Aspen Saturday Market. Sustainable Settings is also a Whole Systems Learning Center and green demonstration on 244 acres in the Rocky Mountains at 6,500 ft elevation. We research, develop and teach models of sustainable daily living.

Osage Gardens

Osage Gardens is a family owned and operated business located on the Colorado River in New Castle, CO. Osage Gardens operates year-round, specializing in organically grown culnary herbs and vegetables. Osage Gardens is an organic farm that is dedicated to environmentally friendly sustainable agriculture and serves as a valuable component in helping to maintain the agricultural heritage for Colorado and the country.

Sustainable Food Resources

www.actionforhealthykids.org - Colorado Action for Healthy Kids

www.homegrown.org - Growing, cooking and food preservation

www.localsustainability.net - Unites farmers, ranchers and consumers in order to stimulate Colorado's local food economy

www.stilltasty.com - Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide

www.sustainabletable.org - A guide to food production and sustainability

www.theramblingepicure.com - A gastronome's guide to mindful eating

www.USDA.gov - Food & Nutrition

www.whatsonmyfood.org - Pesticide Action Network

 

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