The “victory gardens” that were a cornerstone in the home front battle to win World War II represented an investment in self-reliance that all but disappeared in recent years. Now our food often comes from thousands of miles away and is grown in enormous factory farms often laden with pesticides where farmworkers often face dangerous conditions and low wages.
Interest in local food as a way to build community, reduce energy costs embedded in food and find a way to eat tastier, healthier fare is on the rise. Whether you want to grow food in your backyard, join a community garden and raise crops with your neighbors, or buy from local farmers, there resources below can help you get started.
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--Colorado Farmers Market Association is a network of state farmers markets that can help you find one near where you live: (http://www.coloradofarmers.org) and this is the official state list: (http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Agriculture-Main/CDAG/1236604973092)
--Metro Denver Farmers’ Markets are held every day of the week in different neighborhoods:(http://www.denverfarmersmarket.com)
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--Farm Share: Community Supported Agriculture allows residents to purchase a share of what’s produced on a nearby farm. Here is a list for Colorado: (http://www.coloradocsas.info)
--The Denver Homemade Handmade Market runs the second Saturday from April through December: (http://www.denverhaho.org)
--Local Harvest lists places to buy locally-grown products: (http://www.localharvest.org/search-csa.jsp?st=6)
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--Colorado State University Extension: Information for consumers about crops, farm management, food and nutrition, gardening, insects, livestock, resources and youth development across the state: (http://www.ext.colostate.edu)
--Denver Urban Gardens assists in the creation of community gardens around metro Denver: (http://www.dug.org/gardens)
--Feed Denver: creates farms in cities where people can learn how to grow their own food: (http://www.feeddenver.com)
--Harvest Mountain Community Farm Gardens helps get community gardens established in the west Denver metro area: (http://www.meetup.com/harvestmountain)
--Slow Food Colorado celebrates local food through its chapters around the state: (http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/local_chapters/#Colorado)