Edible Landscaping in Parks to Feed the Homeless
Image credit: Grow Local Colorado
It's always seemed strange to me that most parks grow only ornamental flowers and shrubs. Sure, it's nice to have pretty flowers around, but what if our parks also produced food for those who need it? From sharing gardens to community nut tree plantings, we have indeed seen some moves to turn shared land into a productive food producing resource. Now a group of Colorado residents are aiming to utilize multiple city parks to produce 1,500 pounds of produce to help feed the homeless.
As the video explains, Grow Local Colorado started out with just one garden bed in a park in Denver. But that bed was such a success that the city has since expanded the amount of land given over to the group to 13 garden beds in 8 different parks.
The gardens are maintained by neighborhood groups, churches and non-profits, and the produce that is harvested will be donated at the end of the season to homeless charities and shelters. According to the Huffington Post's write up of the Grow Local Colorado project, the organization is planning to donate 1,500lbs of produce to Denver's Gathering Place, a drop-in center for homeless women and children.