The People's Garden: An Inter-Agency Effort to Benefit the Larimer County Food Bank
Thursday, October 6, 2016
In summer 2016, the Fort Collins Science Center participated in the USDA’s People’s Garden project at the at the Natural Resources Research Center (NRRC) in Fort Collins, Colorado. Initiated in 2009, the project is a national, USDA-led effort to plant gardens at federal facilities or assist nearby organizations with creating gardens at their facilities (e.g., schools, senior centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, churches). Project goals include fostering community collaboration, using sustainable gardening practices, and benefiting local communities by providing food, wildlife habitat, education, horticultural training, and/or beautification. In summer 2015, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) staff initiated a People’s Garden on NRRC grounds to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. In summer 2016, FORT staff collaborated with APHIS staff to tend the garden and harvest more than 300 pounds of nutritious, pesticide-free produce. FORT staff also initiated efforts to foster additional collaboration across the entire NRRC campus to help grow the project and rally more government employees to help fight hunger in the greater Fort Collins community.