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 each 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.  

New Roots CO oversees and manages 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 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 CMC faculty, staff and students are exempt from plot fees!

2024 Gardener Agreement and Application

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

Outline of Events for 2024

All educational and volunteer events coordinated by New Roots CO are open to the public!

Events will take place at CMC Campus in the garden or indoors unless otherwise noted. Dates and times are subject to change. Please register before each class using the link(s) below and check with info@newrootsco.org for details

  • Saturday May 11 @ 10am – Baking Sourdough with Bret Moyer
  • Saturday July 13 @ 10am – Medicinal Herbs with Gina McCrackin
  • Saturday August 17 @10am – Harvesting and Eating from the Garden with Bret Moyer
  • September TBD – Canning and Preserving with Laura Hartman
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