Colorado Master Gardeners return community volunteer service in many different ways, including mentoring special populations, teaching classes, writing articles, maintaining demonstration sites, and answering gardening questions at garden centers or by phone.
Special events and projects vary from season to season. Read on to learn about some of our current projects.
The Boulder County Jail Project. Since 1995, Master Gardeners have been mentoring inmates at a one-acre food production garden at the Boulder County Jail. The garden provides fresh vegetables and fruit for the jail kitchen as well as for Community Food Share. Drip systems, compost, and water-wise techniques ensure that this large-scale garden has a low impact on natural resources. Inmates learn life skills by caring for plants and build self-esteem through their work.
Earth Gardens - provides hands-on lessons in a school setting. In partnership with the Boulder County 4-H youth program, Master Gardeners help students broaden their horizons with gardening. The mission of Earth Gardens is to enrich youth in school by helping them developing awareness of renewable and sustainable habitats with hands-on gardening experiences.
Head Start family gardens – helping families learn to grow their own food, Master Gardeners help from the ground up, teaching tilling, planting, care and harvesting. We also care for a sensory garden at the Head Start school on Martin St. in Boulder.