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Frisco’s community garden named for Nancy Ring

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Summit Daily/Caitlin Row

FRISCO – The Frisco community greenhouse project finally has a name – Nancy’s Community Garden, in honor of the longtime Summit County Animal Control director Nancy Ring who died in January.

“This is to celebrate her life,” said Summit Prevention Alliance project coordinator Joanna Rybak.

Friends and colleagues said Ring helped both humans and animals throughout the community in a career that spanned more than three decades. She also volunteered for nonprofit groups, held positions on committees and boards, and was an active member within Father Dyer Methodist Church. She loved to sing and was a member of Mountain Majesty Chorus.

A road adjacent to the Summit County Animal Control building in Frisco was also recently named for Ring – it’s called Nancy’s Place.

All three greenhouses next to the Summit County Community and Senior Center are finally up and fully planted. The community garden is being used to give low-income families and seniors access to healthy, fresh vegetables. Other goals include education and developing a farmer’s-market style distribution of produce with tiered pricing.

According to Rybak, the immediate need for funding has been met through efforts since May, but donations will still be needed for ongoing stability of the project. A LiveWell Colorado grant is currently funding the majority of the project, and its monies decrease by half next year.

“We got lots of in-kind donations,” Rybak said. “It’s been really helpful. We’ve received hoses and tools. It’s a huge savings. We got cash donations as well.”

Rybak also noted that Summit Prevention Alliance recently received a Colorado Health Foundation grant to start a pilot project for a Farmer’s Market. She’s not yet sure where it will be held.

“Most of the food will still be going to the food banks,” she said. “It’s just fantastic.”

For more information, contact Rybak at (970) 453-9333 or visit

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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