Gardens Keep Community Growing

100 Community Gardens Help Feed ,Build The Community

Growing community, one garden at a time. That's the catch phrase of Denver Urban Gardens. One of its volunteers takes that to heart, nurturing both produce and people.

Dave Conant has been volunteering for D.U.G. since it started 25 years ago.

"This year we're celebrating the 100th community garden in Denver," said Conant.

Neighbors who choose to work a plot in the gardens reap many different benefits.

"For some people it is growing something to help feed their family. For others they may be going through a tough time they are carrying heavy burdens. So, for them this garden is a refuge they come here for healing and a recharge and renewal," said Conant.

Denver Urban Gardens produces a sense of community that often benefits people beyond the neighborhood. The Rosedale community garden near Logan and Iliff, where Conant gives his time, collects food for a nonprofit called Project Angel Heart.

"Project Angel Heart provides hot meals, seven days a week to people who are gravely ill," said Conant.

Thanks to Conant's leadership, the project got 3,000 pounds of fresh produce last year alone.

"He is a tireless worker, he leads by example, he is the most encouraging garden worker you would want to meet," said Michael Buchenau, Denver Urban Gardens Executive Director.

"Gardening here is the love of my life. It provides purpose, it provides meaning, and it makes me feel young again," said Conant.

To learn more about Denver Urban Gardens go to www.DUG.org.