“The community garden has truly been a community effort with individuals and local businesses and organizations coming together to create a beautiful space that nourishes the souls of those who work in it while providing nourishment to the bodies of those who eat the food.”
-Cortez Mayor Karen Sheek
ABOUT THE GARDEN
The garden at the Cortez Rec Center, formerly a Montezuma School to Farm Project garden, was passed on to Cortez volunteers in the Summer of 2017. After over 500 hours of volunteer work and quite a few potlucks, the garden was revived and has now been expanded!
The original space is maintained as a demonstration garden and children's garden, while the expansion has created 19 plots available for community members to grow their own food. The expansion includes large family plots and smaller individual plots along with common areas and a handicap accessible raised bed.
Produce from the demonstration garden is shared with volunteers and The Good Samaritan Center Food Pantry. Garden members are encouraged to share any extra produce from their harvests with the food pantry, too. The 2018 growing season yielded 200+ pounds of fresh organic produce, all donated to the pantry.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2019
A dedicated group of gardeners met regularly this winter to make plans and get ready for the 2019 season.
We created a children's garden and a container garden, planned seasonal celebrations and potlucks, expanded volunteer opportunities, planned field trips, and set up workshops for the community during the growing season.
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