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Care and Share maintains food gardens, a greenhouse and an orchard at our Colorado Springs warehouse.
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The crop and community garden
hosts many plots, herb gardens, cherry and apricot trees (selected specifically for colder climates) and seedless grapes growing up the pergola. Community gardeners are able to adopt plots and grow for themselves while also giving a percentage of their harvest to Care and Share food pantries. The garden was first planted in 2009.
The permaculture garden , is the permaculture food forest origionally consisted of three peach and three apple trees that were planted as the first food forest layers. There are now many other perennial food producers in the garden including asparagus, horseradish, rhubarb, onion, various herbs and mints. Berries include blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries and strawberries. With minimal assistance, this garden reproduces year after year.
Permaculture was developed by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970’s in response to the earth’s soil, water and air pollution due to industrial and agricultural systems. It is the science of applied ecological design and translates to “permanent culture.” It’s three principles apply nicely to food banking. Care of the Earth. Care of the People. Redistibute Surplus. http://pikespeakpermaculture.org/
The orchard , planted on a steep south facing slope is home to apple and plum trees. The trees get supplemental water with the help of strategically dug swales that divert the water throughout the orchard.
The greenhouse was completed and planted in the spring of 2011. Through the sponsorship of the Colorado Garden and Home Show, Care and Share is now able to plant not only spring seedlings but also grow all year round. The greenhouse is a passive solar design, sunk into the orchard slope, similar to an earthship. It utilizes a state of the art subterranean soil heating systemwith a solar panel powering an air re-cirulation system.
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