Welcome to the Colorado Mountain College Community Garden!

Located at the CMC Campus in Edwards, CO. This garden is open to the public, and plots are available for reservation each Spring. Join us for multiple educational opportunities in the garden this year.

New Roots CO (NRCO) promotes a local, sustainable food system in Eagle County through outreach, education and partnership.  Our partnership with Colorado Mountain College Vail Valley (CMC) has provided us an opportunity to grow and distribute food locally and to create an educational space for students and the surrounding community.  

This Summer, New Roots CO will oversee and manage the community garden located at the CMC campus in Edwards. Gardeners and stakeholders include faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members.  

We are dedicated to increasing student education and engagement opportunities and revitalizing an appreciation for locally grown foods and sustainable agricultural practices. The garden is a teaching space where learning spans academic disciplines, ages, ethnicities, and experiences. Our programs support local families and provide growing opportunities for community members who might otherwise not be able to grow their own food.

We will grow food and native plants for harvest and use the cultivation process to incorporate hands-on, experiential, and place-based learning into the Colorado Mountain College experience. We will donate our harvest to the community through our local food pantry, “The Community Market,” which seeks to feed the one in seven people in Eagle County who experience food insecurity, including many students and their families. The Community Market will distribute the food we donate out to the community at their many distribution sites throughout Eagle County.

We are very enthusiastic about the potential that the school garden holds. The available growing space is sufficient to serve as both a productive, food-producing space and a unique and engaging learning environment. This student-driven, experiential learning project aligns with CMC’s mission and provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage with their school in a new and inspiring way.

Want to garden with us?

If you’re interested in gardening with us at the CMC Garden or if you just want to join us for some of our fun educational opportunities, please check out the attached Volunteer Liability waiver and Community Gardener Agreement and Application.

Please download, print, sign and return all documents and plot fees to the front desk at CMC’s campus. Remember that all CMC faculty, staff and students are exempt from plot fees!

Refer all questions to info@newrootsco.org and/or evan.lane.ellis@gmail.com

Outline of Events for 2022

Events will take place at CMC Campus in the garden or indoors. Dates and times are subject to change. Please check with info@newrootsco.org for details

  • Sunday May 15 @ 10am – Garden Opening and Orientation
  • Saturday June 4 @ 1pm – The Soil Food Web with Lanny Ellis, Soil Scientist and Colorado Master Gardener.
  • June 18 or 19 – Volunteer work event. Amending soil, transplanting
  • Saturday July 23 @ 1pm – Pest Management with Denyse Schrenker, CSU Extension’s Horticulture Agent
  • Saturday Aug 27 – Food Preservation with Laura Hartman, founder of NRCO
  • Sep 10 or 11 – Tree Care with Nick Close, ISA Certified Arborist
  • Sep 17 or 18 – Garden Closing Party!
  • Sep 24 or 25 – Volunteer work event. Garden Cleanup
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