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HC3 operates four community gardens in Summit County.
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How it Works
Plots for all gardens are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
In 2019, applications for returning gardeners will open in mid-March (no later than March 15). New gardener applications will open April 15. 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.
Scroll down to each garden to learn more.
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.
Leslie’s Community Garden
Location: Corner of Tenderfoot and Lake Dillon Dr. (Behind the fire station)
26 Garden Plots
Thanks to a generous donation from the Stair family and the hard work of town staff, the Town of Dillon now has a community garden to call its own. Beginning with 26, 4’x8′ raised beds, this garden is anticipated to grow over time with the development of the downtown Dillon core.
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.
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 Center, Women 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 Garden Coordinator (HC3) or Whitney Smith (WIC).