Please help us build a new community garden in Steamboat Springs! The former community garden (on Oak Street downtown) had to make way for county building construction. We're replacing it with a new garden, located on property owned by the Yampa Valley Medical Center, which is providing the project with land and water.
The garden by the numbers:
20: raised garden beds
5: extra-tall beds appropriate for gardeners in wheelchairs
3: garden beds dedicated for use by local non-profit groups
40 pounds: vegetation consumed by one adult moose per day
26 tons: screened topsoil required to fill 20 raised beds
15 yards: quantity of compost to be donated by KP Landscaping (hooray!)
The average single-family home price in Steamboat Springs is $2.05million. Since April 2021, the average single-family home price has increased 35%. Financial challenges like these create barriers for community members to access and grow healthy foods. Creating a community garden will allow residents of all economic backgrounds, including those that live in attached housing, to grow their own produce and pursue healthy eating habits at an affordable cost.
Already, we've secured a generous donation from the Moniker Foundation that will let us buy materials for 20 raised garden beds! But we still need funding to purchase topsoil, buy plumbing pipe to deliver water to the gardens, and erect a wildlife fence to protect gardeners' produce. Donate $5 or $500, whatever you can afford--because every dollar you contribute gets us closer to providing garden plots that will let residents of all economic backgrounds grow healthy, nutritious food.
Will you help us make this garden a reality? Please donate now, so our volunteer crews can build the garden in May 2022. Thank you for your support!
Gifts made to this project will support the Routt County Extension fund with the CSU Foundation, which supplements general expenses for Routt County Extension programming..
The site of the new community garden!