If you build it, it will grow.
That’s the hope of residents of the Two Creeks Neighborhood and residents near Mountair Park after a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, with Sprout City Farms and the city.
The meeting was about the creation of a farmable piece of land in the park that would be used to grow foods.
“This is a really exciting moment for us to lay the groundwork for this project,” said Allison Hatch, director of development and outreach with Sprout City. “This would be your farm, and we want the community to think of it that way.”
The program is part of the 20-minute neighborhood initiative, according to Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations manager with the city. The initiative is funded by the Denver Regional Council of Governments and focuses on enhancing the neighborhood around the Sheridan transportation hub and aims to make the community safer.
“Community participants discussed a desire for healthy food and a community gathering place,” Scheck said. “This is something you in the community asked for.”
According to Hatch and Meg Caley, director of farming operations and education with Sprout City, the plan is to develop a one-third acre piece of land in Mountair Park
Sprout City, a nonprofit that is committed to creating community farms that provide both food and education, has set up one similar garden at the Denver Green School and is looking to establish its second farm at Mountair.
“How it gets set up is we have a farm manager and our staff is mainly made up of interns and volunteeers,” said Caley. “We’re very volunteer based and are looking to set up opportunities for the community.”
City staff wanted to hear from residents on their thoughts on expanding the garden to take up some of the existing basketball court space and the location in the park for a potential picnic shelter.
Residents asked about the cost and current usage of the basketball court and participation from local schools, which is something schools like Molholm Elementary are very interested in.
“This is really a resource for the community and we’re excited to bring it to the community,” Hatch said. “We’re hoping to break ground in March.”
For more information, please contact Scheck at 303-987-7872 or allsch@Lakewood.org.