The Jubilee garden is located in the northeast corner of Sacred Heart of Mary parish property, across the ditch and north of the cemetery.
Volunteers plan the layout of the beds early in the year. As spring arrives they prepare the soil, put irrigation lines and weed barriers in place, and plant vegetable starts and seeds. Later they thin, weed, water, harvest and donate to local food banks. Over the course of each growing season, pounds donated are tracked. In recent years totals were:
In 2014 and 2015, an individual allowed the Jubilee gardeners use of a small greenhouse where tomatoes, cabbages, tomatillos and peppers emerged from seeds and grew to the size ideal for transplanting. That greenhouse has changed hands; thus a search is on for another place where seeds can be started in 2016. Volunteers will follow up on any leads suggested.
All helpers are valued, whether they come regularly to Saturday morning sessions or during the week. Children are welcome with their parents.
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In 2011 Jubilee Garden became affiliated with Earth’s Table, a group of citizens working to eliminate hunger in the Boulder region. They maintain a number of garden sites. Crops include peppers, tomatoes, beans, beets, cabbage, kale, garlic, cucumbers and squash.
At the peak of the season volunteers take 400 pounds of vegetables a week to our partner food banks: Harvest of Hope Pantry, Community Food Share and Sister Carmen Center.
Click here to learn more about our partner food banks.