Why Community Gardens Matter at Painted Prairie

Whether you are a family of four or a family of one, Painted Prairie’s community gardens offer healthy lifestyle choices, a sense of community, and an easy way to enjoy the Colorado outdoors

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Painted Prairie has two community gardens — Columbine and Indian Paintbrush Gardens. Both gardens are located within easy walking distance from anywhere in Painted Prairie. These gardens offer a place to gather, make family memories, or spend quiet time alone with your very own plot of homegrown vegetables.

Whether you are growing for your own family or to donate to a local food bank, community gardens offer more than a sustainable food source. Our community garden plots are for anyone new to urban farming and who want to connect with the outdoors in a healthy, nutritious way.

Indian-paintbrush-park at painted prairie is one of the community gardens available for reservations by residents to grow their own food

While not a new concept, community gardens are popping up all over the country, including right here in Colorado. From urban areas to the suburbs, national trends show that these small urban garden spaces are growing faster than in previous years. According to a blog post by The Trust for Public Land, in 2019, the number of community garden plots in city parks has increased 44% since the group started keeping track in 2012. Currently, there are approximately 20 community gardens in Aurora, Colorado, that provide food and community connections for residents.

It is that connection to the earth, the respite from life’s stresses, and the shear joy of growing and harvesting our own food that brings the neighborhood together at Columbine and Indian Paintbrush Gardens. Long before DIA was a blip on the radar, the early pioneers who settled this land joined together to grow their own food and live a simple, sustainable life. Our community gardens are designed to attract residents (and butterflies), and are another way Painted Prairie is tying into the agricultural roots of the community.

Painted Prairie’s Bring on Spring event, May 1, 2021 kicks off with our first How-to Garden Clinic

How do I start my own urban garden?

If you are ready to jump into urban gardening at Painted Prairie, we have a few easy steps to get you started:

  1. Your Location: Will you be able to walk or bike to your garden plot? Simply knowing that you can walk out your door and be in your private plot in a matter of minutes, is important to maintaining your garden.
  2. Your Diet: What vegetables do you eat on a regular basis at home? Planting vegetables that your family regularly consumes is a great way to start. Exploring new vegetables to try is always encouraged, and helps your kids try new tastes.
  3. Your Know-How: Do you have a green thumb? It doesn’t matter if you are a new gardener or a seasoned pro, there are many resources available to both amateurs and Master Gardeners alike. For a limited time, Painted Prairie will host monthly gardening clinics hosted by the Dig and Dream Garden Club to help you get started. In addition, the CSU Extension Office is an invaluable resource for gardeners of all levels. To sign up for our first How-To Garden Clinic, click here to RSVP.

If you are interested in renting a garden plot for the summer, reservations are available by contacting John with Advance HOA via email at john@advancehoa.com. Remember, gardening is fun and a great way to get to know your neighbors and enjoy the Colorado outdoors at the same time!

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