The COMMONS are the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately, and cared for by the COMMUNITY.


food. people. justice.

The mission of the FoCo Commons Garden is recommoning resources to cultivate direct agricultural experiences and educational opportunities. Together we can build regenerative, resilient ecosystems and people-systems through programming related to growing plants, preparing food, horticultural therapy, and direct food access.


The garden is an incubator for initiatives--a greenhouse, if you will--demonstrating how the most limited resources can bloom into transformative effects on individuals. Our vision is to build a satellite for the COMMONS on a larger piece of city land to maximize our reach, impact, and imaginable potential for community-driven projects. In strengthening our communal pollinator habitat, we will harvest our strongest programs to fertilize seeds for justice throughout Fort Collins.


AROUND THE GARDEN: Our urban sanctuary hosts engagements to promote TGP's mission.


Community-grown crops feed the FoCo Café, a non-profit, hand-up restaurant next to the garden. In a model of exchange, volunteers can work in the garden to earn a meal token for a cafe meal.

OPEN GARDEN HOURS: Starting Spring 2021

During our garden hours, folks can volunteer in the garden in exchange for education and relationship-building in the community.


  • to educate the youth, unhoused, disabled and the general public

  • to grow food for the meals that the FoCo Café serves on a daily basis

  • to provide meaningful work opportunities for people to earn meal tokens to the Café

  • to demonstrate different growing techniques in an urban setting

  • to provide a beautiful sanctuary for people to gather in the middle of downtown Fort Collins


TGP hosts education and empowerment programs during the summer growing season. Please see our programs page to learn more!


In addition to our programmed offerings, we are looking for guest teachers to lead classes in plant education, food preparation, and urban foraging. Please email if you have a project you want to share.

The Growing Project's primary location is a public garden surrounded by a city parking lot behind the FoCo Cafe (a pay-what-you-can restaurant). In 2018, TGP reclaimed city urban space to grow a community sanctuary for folks to grow food, learn, and reconnect with the soil and themselves. Reconnecting people with the innately human act of growing food, we use the garden as a place to cultivate agency for individuals within the food system. The garden is located at 225 Maple Street, Fort Collins, 80521.

It is our responsibility, and the responsibility of all visitors to treat everyone with respect and dignity. Unlawful Harassment and discrimination are not tolerated. Work with us to guarantee that human rights are exercised without discrimination of any kind based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth, or another status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation. 

The garden is always open. We require all visitors to wear facemasks, maintain 6" of separation, and be respectful of all other visitors spending time in the sanctuary.


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