FOCO COMMONS GARDEN
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.
FOCO COMMONS GARDEN INITIATIVES
to provide a safe, educational, and regenerative space for TGP programs
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 at the Café
to demonstrate growing techniques in an urban setting
to provide a beautiful sanctuary for people to gather in the middle of downtown Fort Collins
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FOCO CAFE:
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:
The garden is a public space that can be enjoyed at any time. During our seasonal garden hours, folks can volunteer in the garden in exchange for education and relationship-building in the community.
YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS:
TGP hosts a variety of programs during the summer growing season. Please see our programs pages to learn more!
In addition to our programmed offerings, we love working with guest teachers to lead classes in plant education, food preparation, urban foraging, and more. Please email email@example.com if you have a an idea for 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.
PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND EQUITY