To watch plants grow is a joy but to be a part of it is even better. It’s a continuous cycle in the growing of Feed Denver’s hoop house. Before spring began the raised beds were prepared the refugees and Ariel, the Director of Production sorted through the seeds and made the final spring selection. So, finally spring is here and planting has begun in the hoop house. Not being one who really knows how to farm it is inspiring to watch the woman of Feed Denver be motivated and work towards future goals of educating communities. There are a number of classes scheduled for this spring season and at the symposium on March 12th, 2011 was a great pre-view for what is being offered. If you missed it, there will be will future classes (please visit the classes and events page). There is so much to be learned and it gives one a chance to share and talk to others who may face the same challenges and give insight to growing techniques that are helpful.
As a student studying Food Culture, Denver offers its own unique agricultural playing field. On another note, although I have yet to explore other farms of Denver, it is great to be able to experience the locality of produce in a Restaurant. On a recent visit to Fuel, (a popular restaurant in the River North Downtown area is known as one of the best and offers seasonal menus) it was a nice change to have honey glazed turnips that were grown locally as a side dish instead of fries. The baby turnips were tender, sweet and the roasting complimented the earthy aroma. Fuel who is now looking to have their own small garden, is communicating with Feed Denver to develop this idea so patrons experience what it’s like to eat healthy fresh food that may inspire others to grow. It is a great start to the spring season and I look forward to what the gardens will offer to communities.