info@mountainrootsfoodproject.org        PO Box 323 Gunnison, CO 81230

CATALYZING CHANGE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Our goal is to create a vibrant network of urban and community gardens in Crested Butte and Gunnison.  By converting under-used public and private residential lots into organic growing spaces, our Urban and Community Ecosystem Gardens  produce food, create and preserve green space, raise awareness about invasive plant species, water quality, soil health, and conservation, offer attractive wildlife habitats, nurture community spirit, and serve as a canvas for cross-discipline learning for people of all ages. They provide equal access to real food for people in all economic groups.


Paired with educational programs, our gardens build food security for people of all economic backgrounds by teaching life skills of sustainable food growing, preservation, and preparation. Our network of ecosystem gardens and educational programs for children and adults provide hands-on opportunities for our community to engage in conservation of resources, food production, and land stewardship.



OUR VISION

by designing, cultivating, and harvesting the gardens with their own hands...

  1. people can gain an deeper understanding for natural systems and the relationship between healthy diets, healthy farms, and healthy communities

  2. Community members feel confident, valued, and connected to place and to each other

  3. people are able to meet their food needs without the requisite transaction of money

  4. community has reduced reliance on fossil fuels for food acquisition

  5. community members eat a more nutritious and regionally-based diet

  6. people learn skills needed to be active participants in a local food system


If you have space that you would be interested in having turned into a garden, please contact us. Our Garden Coordinator will do a site visit, resource analysis, and discuss options with you.  We look forward to creating a network of community gardens throughout Gunnison Valley.

 

2012 Ecosystem Garden Network Project Sponsor:

A Network of Sustainable Gardens


Mountain Roots Food Project is one of many organizations working to cultivate a community that is healthy and self-sufficient as a whole.  We work to create personal, social, and environmental change through Sustainable Agriculture. In Gunnison Valley, we are exploring a few different ways for people to grow food together.  Shared gardens strengthen community bonds, provide food, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for a community. They can also promote environmental awareness and provide community education.

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We want to educate, engage, and empower people to

grow, eat,  buy, preserve, store, share, enjoy and value

locally grown food that is regionally based and sustainably produced.

 


WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING SPONSORS FOR EACH OF OUR GARDENS.

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WHAT WE DO


Explore our many gardens to learn more about what we do. Find out about plot rentals, community workdays, and more.

 

LIVING CLASSROOM [Crested Butte Community School]

GUNNISON YOUTH GARDEN

[Gunnison Community Center]

ROCK CREEK COMMUNITY  GARDEN

[Gunnison Community Center]

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