Grow to Share

Objective: To provide healthy, fresh produce to Summit County residents in need and to provide education to participants on the benefits of local, fresh, and healthy foods.


Formerly known as the FDP, the Grow to Share program has become a formal program of the High Country Conservation Center and Summit Community Garden Network. The GTS offers the community gardens a way to minimize food waste or surplus while supporting families in need. All surplus produce is donated to WIC and FIRC. Produce is offered directly to clients at home visits and nutritional office appointments. Nutritional education is provided during those appointments.

2015 Grow to Share accomplishments include:

  • Over 300 bags of fresh produce were handed out at 234 nutritional office visits.
  • Office visits included nutritional education and food preparation information.
  • HC3 and FIRC interns both worked on the program coordinating volunteers, growing and harvesting, weighing and distributing produce.
  • Held 5 educational workshops
  • A total of 14 families attended the workshops which were hosted in both English and Spanish and each family received a packet of seeds and compost soil to grow food at home.

Gardeners are encouraged to donate any surplus produce, especially when they are away on vacation. At each of the gardens there is a representative that can, on request, lightly harvest donors’ garden plots. Otherwise gardeners can drop off food in coolers located at each of the gardens.

Partners: High Country Conservation Center, Summit Community Garden Network, Summit County W.I.C, FIRC, Summit County Public Health, P.A.N.T.S., Colorado Mountain College

For more information, or to volunteer for the program, please contact Jessie Burley.

How to Avoid Food Waste

  • Food waste makes up twenty percent of landfill weight, making it the single largest municipal waste source. There are several applications out there that are designed to help you and your family reduce food waste.


    This app helps consumers understand how different storing methods can help extend a products’ shelf life. This application also has a calendar that reminds the user when items are likely to “go bad.”


    This application lets the user and donor enter their food donation information (type, temperatures, quantity and description), so food banks know ahead of time what they will be receiving. The donor can also search various charities and where and when they accept food deliveries.


    This nonprofit marketplace connects people who have excess food with those who are hungry and have insufficient supplies of food. This is beneficial for those in the restaurant business who frequently have large quantities of unused food.

    Spoiler Alert

    This application helps organizations and companies manage their excess food and organic waste by connecting them with organizations that can benefit from them. For instance, a grocery store with a surplus of produce can post when it is available. Nearby food charities and organization can pick up the food in time to provide them to those in need while it’s still fresh.

  • Food that ends up in the landfill produces methane, which, is 21 times more potent than CO2. HC3 offers a Food Scrap Recycling program to help recycle food into soil that is later used throughout the county and is available for purchase. Visit our Food Scrap Recycling page  to learn more or check out our Home Composting page for DIY tips. 
  • 40% of all food produced in the Unites States is wasted or thrown out each year! If you have excess food that is still edible, you can donate it to local food banks to help conserve resources while also feeding people in need.

    Local Food Banks:

    FIRC (Family Intercultural Resource Center)
    Food Bank Donations are accepted Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the FIRC Office.
    Breckenridge Location: 1760 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424
    Silverthorne Location: 251 W. 4th Street Silverthorne, CO 80498

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    Father Dyer Church
    310 Wellington Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424



    By shopping smart and knowing how to properly store our food, we can reduce the amount of food that becomes spoiled and wasted.

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