Kittredge Community Gardens
An Experiment in Community Shared Agriculture
Otherwise known as a CSA; Members who participate in raising the crops, share the produce. I call this an ‘experiment’ as anytime you get soil, seeds and people together it experiential: Both growing and harvest we learn.
- To get as many hands as possible growing as much food as possible within the boundaries of the KCA property.
- To sustainably design a low maintenance area using aggressively organic methods and principles. This design will be suited for individual plot rentals when and if it’s determined to do so in the future. Expanding to other areas of the KCA property as needed.
- To expose and educate like-minded community members to growing food at altitude.
- Adding to KCA members as well adding benefit to membership.
- Providing better stewardship of KCA land.
- Building COMMUNITY with potlucks, classes and workdays.
- Future Goals include the food forest orchard, and perennial vegetables and a children’s garden.
Classes are held at the KCA Building from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
$35 per class OR $150 for all 8 events OR 4 hours per month commitment to the building and maintenance of the garden
Registration is preferable for planning and discounts. Drop in’s welcome at $35 Parking is limited. Do NOT park on the streets or block driveways.
All proceeds benefit the Kittredge Civic Association’s Gardens, a 501c3 nonprofit organization vested in building community since 1953.
The gardens and all classes are at the KCA Building, 26499 Mowbray Court, Kittredge. For more info contact Tina Kellogg 303-476-3560 (text only p&t) or follow us at Kittredge Gardens on Facebook.
- June 8th Soils and Planting Methods
- June 29th Weeds and Pests, the good, the bad and the ugly!
- July 20th Organic Permaculture, Sustainable Methodologies
- August 17th Requests??? Composting, Seed Saving, Harvesting
- August 31st Season Extenders
- September 14th Harvest Party
- October 5th or 12th Putting the gardens to bed (weather dependent)
While ‘backyard’ gardens can take on any look or feel the homeowner intends, a ‘community garden’ needs to focus on ease of access and low maintenance. The design presented accomplishes both and can be used in the future to individualize plots. Paths need to allow for easy footing, maintenance and kneeling while accessing beds, taking away the need to create paths within the growing area. Maintainability is a priority in this design. Gardeners will quickly lose interest if more time is spent on maintaining than growing. This appears to be our biggest hurdle right now; physically digging up grass roots and weeds are extreme labor requirements.