Food Project Farm

A joint project of Growing Gardens and the YMCA of Boulder Valley

In early 2016, Growing Gardens had the opportunity to start an urban farm in Longmont.  We partnered with the YMCA of Boulder Valley to open a 1-acre farm where 100% of the fresh produce grown will be donated to those in need in the community.

The farm is located at the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA of Longmont at 9th and Lashley.

The surrounding neighborhood is classified as a Food Desert: An area where food is non-existent, unhealthy or too expensive (University of Leeds/School of Geography).

Our goals for the project: 

  • Engage the individuals and businesses in the Longmont community as volunteers on the farm, helping to feed and support those in need.

  • Teach children from local elementary schools where their food comes from- and have them taste and prepare fresh healthy snacks from the farm.

  • Partner with the YMCA of Boulder Valley to offer programming to pre-school and elementary-aged children.

  • Provide vegetable starts and education so low-income members of the community can grow fresh produce to feed their families.

  • Host classes and workshops to teach people to grow and enjoy fresh produce.

2016 Donations:

  • Grew, harvested, and donated 7,975 pounds of fresh organic produce, including 3,709 pounds of greens, serving 6,489 individuals in 2,591 households, 97% of which were low income.
  • 44 pounds of peppers were donated to clients of the El Comite organization, and 7,842 pounds of fresh produce was donated to the OUR Center.
  • We teamed up with the Boulder County Farmers’ Market to create an access point for local, often times organic, fresh produce for the community. Over $800 worth of local produce was bought from 6 different local farms and sold at a discounted rate.111 households bought $589.50 worth of discounted produce.
  • 150 volunteers contributed 1,600 hours of service
  • Partners: YMCA of Boulder Valley, I Have a Dream, El Comite, OUR Center, Seagate, KaiserPermanente, Boulder County Youth Corps, Christ the Servant – Louisville, Peak toPeak HS, CEB Global, Longmont Chamber of Commerce, University of Colorado,Longmont Children, Youth, and Families, Timberline K-8, Environment for theAmericas, St. Vrain Mobile Home Park

History: This spring Growing Gardens will be partnering with the YMCA of Boulder Valley to break ground on the Food Project Farm. The Food Project Farm is built on the foundation of the Y educational garden that was established 6 years ago and was in need of revitalization.  We will be repairing the greenhouse, installing a robust drip irrigation system, improving the soil fertility, installing raised beds and increasing the growing space of the farm.

We seek to demonstrate the transformative power of urban agriculture through organic production, education, and community engagement. We will use progressive growing methods suitable for a small urban site, and work with community partners and families to create a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant local community.  

Please click here to join us as a business sponsor, individual donor or volunteer to help get this exciting project started!