During the 2016 Fall Semester, the DU Food Law Society (DUFLS) volunteered at both Growing Gardens and the Delores Project. At both events we were given the chance to interact with food in two very unique ways.
Growing Gardens, located in Boulder, CO, is a non-profit organization focusing on the helping people reconnect with the food they eat, the land that grows their food, and the community around them. Through gardening classes, community garden plots, and a children’s garden, this organization gives people from all over the Boulder area an education on food by allowing them to get their hands dirty and do some hard-work.
To enrich the lives of our community through sustainable urban agriculture.
People experiencing a direct and deep connection with food, the land and each other.
DUFLS alongside the food law society at CU-Boulder ventured out to Growing Gardens to help get a few different garden plots ready for winter. We had the opportunity to spread some winter crop seeds, pull out irrigation lines and ground covering, and pull some dying tomato and pepper plants. We dug in and worked hard! Getting your hands dirty and interacting with the land leaves a mark on the soul. It is rare that people have the opportunity to actually see where their food is grown, nevertheless, actually do the work involved in growing it. Being given the chance to pull dead plants and sow seeds in empty plots, let us learn to appreciate the food we consume a little more and the hands that make it possible for millions of Americans to eat each year. At the end of our event we took some time to sit with a staff member and talk about the issues plaguing organizations like this one. From water rights to business practices, urban agriculture faces a lot of animosity from local governments and communities. Organizations like Growing Gardens flourish when the local community members get involved. So we urge, check this place out, go and volunteer, ask questions, and if you want to get even more involved check out their intern listings for 2017!
Growing Gardens is located at 1630 Hawthorn Ave, Boulder, CO 80304.
The Delores Project
While our first event of the year allowed us to see how food is grown and cultivated, our second event allowed us to do some cooking. Tyler, DUFLS President, invited over a group of students (and any of their family members) to his house to help cook enchiladas for some women and transgender individuals staying at The Delores Project.
The Delores Project provides safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. We also work to end homelessness by advocating for housing solutions.
Every part of the menu was made from scratch. We hand shredded chicken, cooked and blended tomatoes for sauce, and rolled trays and trays of enchiladas. After making tons of food, we headed to the shelter and served up a great dinner to some very thankful people. Food is one of the most important parts of community, and being able to make and serve a meal to others creates a bond more meaningful than any conversation or other experience. People all around the world make sitting down at a dinner table the most important part of their day, and being able to take part in carving out that small moment of the day for these women/ transgender individuals was an inspirational moment for our group.
And that was our fall semester, and if you didn’t have a chance to volunteer at any of these events, don’t worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to volunteer this semester and attend some great Food Law related panels. We hope to see you in 2017!