Community Outreach

“Plant a Row for the Hungry” – A National Hunger Program since 1995

Many associate the term “hunger” with the homeless, or even people in third-world countries. It is difficult to imagine hunger existing right here in Colorado, much less in our own neighborhood.  Yet Colorado food banks report a record number of families needing emergency assistance, poverty is on the rise and working families are being forced to seek government aid—many for the first time.

We would like to encourage all gardeners (YOU) to consciously plant a little extra for friends, food pantries and shelters.  If we all work together we can provide nourishment where it is lost.  Food pantries welcome everything but know that they, too, are inundated with mounds of squash.  Some other veggies to consider:  beans, broccoli, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, melons and herbs.

If you have any interest in helping out (organizing pick-up and drop-offs, locating programs in need, recording donations given) please contact John.

This program is a people-helping-people program to feed the hungry in communities across the country and will help us locate people in need in Arvada.  It’s a national service project, started by the Garden Writers Association Foundation in 1995.  In 2011, gardeners in the Denver Metro area donated 1220 pounds of fresh produce to more than 20 different food service agencies.

Scholarships – for learning & helping

Supporting our community is important to us!  By dedicating 10% of our private garden beds to scholarships for education,  individuals and/or charitable organizations, we hope to provide an equal opportunity for all to grow.  There are two types of scholarships available:  Learning and Helping.

Learning:  Are you one of those people who like to explore alternative ways of gardening? Maybe you want to try permaculture, a drip system, or bio-dynamic gardening that is outside of Rose Roots guidelines.  We will reserve a few special spots in the garden just for these experiments.  The same fees & service hours apply, but here’s the give back….  you have to be open for questions & giving 1 talk to the gardeners at the end of the summer about your experiment.  Sound fun?

Helping:  We all need help at some point in our lives.  If you personally need a little help paying the annual fee or you are a non-profit organization that would like to incorporate gardening into your program, please talk to us so we can explore alternative options.

Any scholarship beds not reserved by June 1st will be released to the general garden plot list.

Contact our membership coordinator to inquire.