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 our fun educational opportunities, please complete the attached Volunteer Liability waiver and Community Gardener Agreement and Application.

Please bring all plot fees ($50 each) to the front desk at the CMC campus. Remember that all CMCfaculty, staff and students are exempt from plot fees!

2023 Gardener Agreement and Application

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

Outline of Events for 2023

All educational and volunteer events coordinated by New Roots CO are FREE to the public! Drop in

We are still in the process of planning events for the 2023 season, but stay tuned for updates, or feel free to contact us with your 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 April 23 @ 10am – Spring Cleaning! Climate Action Week with Walking Mountains Science Center
  • Thursday June 22 @ 1-3pm – Composting Clinic: Learn all about how you can turn your yard and kitchen waste into super food for your soil!
  • Thursday July 20 @ 1-3pm – Pollinators and Pests Clinic: Learn to identify, control and steward all the different creepy crawlies that spend time in your garden
  • Thursday August 24 @ 1-3pm – Educational Clinic: Topic to be determined
  • Thursday September 14 @ 1-3pm – Trees and Shrubs clinic: With Fall fast approaching, now is the time to select, plant and prune your woody shrubs and trees. Get expert advice from Master Arborist, Nick Close
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