Walking into Feed Denver’s hoop house today, it was such an overwhelming feeling to see firsthand what little a space can produce over time a short amount of time. The greens were flourishing; they looked so full of life, vibrant, healthy and lush. Those found in the store are nice but could not compare to these. What makes it so much better is that it’s an unforgettable learning experience that I will be able to share with others. This hoop house is just a small portion of what is being done within Feed Denver. There are other projects in the developing stages like a new location at West 44th Avenue and Vallejo Street, but any organization depends on financial stability; without it an operation’s plans are put off and it sadly ceases to survive. Feed Denver is an organization that is dedicated but relies heavily on volunteers and sponsors and it is facing its fair share of complications.
This is where Feed Denver’s not so quiet minds come into play, sending emails, making calls and attending events that will put the word out about not only the need to learn how to feed themselves but to commit themselves to developing communities that will be able to provide healthy food. Most people only see the end result and don’t fully appreciate the time and effort put into these projects. As it is the beginning of spring and seeds have been planted, the outlook is positive. Communicating with others about developing initiatives is a day to day work load. Phone calls may pave the way but it will require meetings, classes, money, paperwork etc. to get the tasks completed.
I would hope that people come to the realization that they cannot fully depend on large corporations to be responsible for their food supply. When you start to grow a garden, realize that it’s simply the same process a non-profit may go through to plant its mission - hard work. So if you can, take the time out to learn about this work and help. A few essential basic seeds are all one needs to start to feed themselves. Seeds are affordable and the experience of learning to grow is an invaluable life tool. So what if some wilt or die, at the end of the day when you pick that tomato or pepper it will be one of the most rewarding experiences to know that you grew it. What’s even more important is that you don’t have to question what you’re putting in your body. Take control of your own and your family’s health and well being. Watch a seed grow, involve your family and reap the benefits. Feed Denver is looking forward to sharing this experience with anyone who wants to be a part of it this spring season.