High Country Conservation Center helps oversee and operate five community gardens in Summit County.

How it Works

Plots for all gardens are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.* Each year applications open to returning gardeners the 1st week of April and open to the public the 1st week of May. Based on your desired plot size (single or double) and garden location, you will owe a plot fee and deposit. Garden plot fees help pay for the overall maintenance of the community garden, water bills, and other garden expenses (community tools, liability insurance, garden coordination, and general operation). You will be eligible to receive your plot deposit back at the end of the season if you complete volunteer hours for your plot size (either 10 or 20 hours). These hours can be split between friends, family, and other plot holders. Volunteering is a great way to connect with other gardeners and get involved with HC3 at various events.

*Dillon gardens do not require a plot fee or deposit.

 

Click on each garden below to learn more.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge Garden

Dillon Valley

Dillon Valley Garden

Nancy’s

Nancy's Garden

TLC

The Living Classroom Garden

Silvana’s

Silvana's Garden

Breckenridge

Location: Colorado Mountain College | 107 Denison Placer Rd.
40 Garden Plots

Who said growing food at 9,600 feet was impossible? We have nearly 200 gardeners sharing 40 five-foot by twelve-foot plots at the Colorado Mountain College Campus in Breckenridge. Elevation, cold nights, and unpredictable mountain climate won’t get in the way of our short growing season. We’re happy to show off our cold-hardy veggies that make the garden explode in edible greens from May to September. To help extend the growing season, we’ve designed mini-hoophouses to protect baby plants beyond the handful of frost-free days.

Dillon Valley Elementary (DVE)

Location: 108 Deer Path Rd. Dillon CO
12 Garden Plots

The DVE Community Garden operates in partnership with the Family Intercultural Resource CenterWomen Infants & Children, and Dillon Valley Elementary School. Participants exchange their volunteer time in the gardens for fresh vegetables. Educational garden workshops take place throughout the season to help participants gain knowledge in planning and planting, maintenance, and harvesting so they can contribute effectively to the gardens. To get involved with DVE community gardens, please email Matt Madsen (FIRC) or Whitney Smith (WIC).

Nancy’s

Location: 83 Nancy’s Place Frisco CO
19 Garden Plots

Nancy’s Community Garden consists of 3 greenhouses that are sixty-feet long by fourteen-feet wide. The first greenhouse contains 19 community garden plots. The other two greenhouses are used by the Summit CSA. The greenhouses are not open to the public but you are welcome to contact us about the garden for more information or tours.

Because Nancy’s Garden is located in a greenhouse, gardeners are responsible for opening and closing the greenhouses for airflow ventilation and heat management. Each gardener commits to 20 shifts during the season which are overseen by the garden steering committee. If you do not complete your 20 shifts, you DO NOT receive your $50 deposit back. 

The Living Classroom (TLC)

Location: East of the ballfield near the Frisco Adventure Park
20 plots

As a resort community, nearly 60% of Summit County’s housing units are multi-family structures. Condo living often means residents lack adequate garden space. The TLC Community garden consists of 16 six-foot by four-foot plots where individuals, families, and friends can enjoy the easy access of its central location to grow fresh, local food.

Silvana’s

Location: 380 Rainbow Dr. Silverthorne CO
34 Garden Plots

Silvana’s Community Garden was established to bring to fruition the community garden concept proposed by the Town of Silverthorne’s Economic Development Advisory Committee’s (EDAC).

One of EDAC’s goals is to provide recommendations on beautification options in Silverthorne, and a community garden was determined to be one such option. The goal is to provide a hands-on garden that integrates education, creative expression, cooperation, and community spirit. Click here to get involved with Silvana’s Community Garden.

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