Updated: May 20, 2021
There is no underestimating the health benefits of serving your community. And if we’ve found anything out while in isolation this last year, it is that we need community. A Jeffco Mental Health Trainer pointed out, "Social distancing is not what we needed this year. In fact, we needed physical distancing to stay safe, but in times of crisis and distress, we need to reach out and align ourselves with the teams pulling for good." He said, "Being of service to others is one of the best mental health medicines."
On that note, if you only do one thing this year for your health and your community, sign up for a Rose Roots Service Team. These Ten highly productive and efficient teams maintain, promote and nurture our garden and its community (that’s you!). And the word is out: Rose Roots, in its tenth year as a community garden, is a crown jewel of community gardens in the Front Range. We are now sold out every year with a waiting list! We aim to continue to inspire other small gardens with our exemplary community building and high produce yield which serves community organizations in need.
Please sign up for at least one of these Service Teams before June 15 so we can get you in contact with your crew and you can start earning service hours and new friends in the process. Every member should sign up for at least one team:
Rose Roots Service Teams 2021
1. Operations Team-Leads: Gary Williams, Jim Richards
2. Community Space Maintenance Team-Leads: Patty Sacks, Julie Lesnick
3. Communications Team-Lead: Erin Newton
4. Membership Integration Team-Leads: Kendra Eliason and Laura Bennett
5. Community Outreach Team-Lead: Judy Newton
6. Food Donation Team-Lead: Theresa McKinney
7. Compost Team-Leads: Glen Andrews and Karel Hemler
8. Rose Roots Youth Team-Lead: Mary Poole
9. Westside Landscaping Team (2021 Grant Earned)-Lead: Patty Sacks
10. Quadrant Teams-Leads Available (see details on Work Crew Page Here)
Click Here to learn more and sign up. It only takes a minute!
Rose Roots Gives Back:
Mentorship: Rose Roots was recently contacted to help mentor two city groups, the Arvada Fire Department and community organizers in the city of Erie. Both groups are looking to start community gardens of their own. Rose Roots President Erin Newton, Vice President Patty Sacks and Founder Gina Schley put together a presentation on “How to Start a Community Garden”. The recipients were very appreciative and we all enjoyed hearing the founding stories of how Rose Roots started “as a neighborhood living room discussion about how we could really use a community garden for our families to enjoy”.
Stewardship: Recently a Sister garden in the DUG system, Beeler Garden, was vandalized and their kiosk, chairs and tables were destroyed. As their mostly Nepali community rely on their produce as a staple and no budget, Rose Roots donated $200 to help them rebuild. We hope to participate in a work day with them soon!