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‘Ultra-local food movement’ comes to Frisco

FRISCO – To promote its mission of health and fitness with an “ultra-local food movement,” the Summit Prevention Alliance is moving forward with another fun project – a community garden where Summit County residents can grow their favorite veggies. The project is being built near the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

“These covered gardens will provide food banks with fresh, local produce and give Summit County Seniors a community gathering place to grow their own vegetables and socialize, too,” according to the Summit Prevention Alliance’s website.

Construction recently commenced, and depending on the weather, gardeners will start planting salad greens within the next few weeks.

“Things are going well, and actually it’s been a lot of fun working with the general contractors coming out (as volunteers) to help,” said Alpine Earth Center owner Jon Harrington.

The Alpine Earth Center – a garden, landscaping and green-energy business in Silverthorne – designed the garden project, and Harrington is overseeing its temporary development. Raised garden beds and three greenhouses will be up until mid-October, and then they’ll be stored for use the following year.

Harrington said the raised beds were completed Thursday, and volunteers plan to construct a 60×14-foot greenhouse this weekend.

According to Summit Prevention Alliance staffer Joanna Rybak, local woman Holle Vilet was hired to manage the greenhouses, and “she’s off to a fabulous start” readying for the short growing season.

“It’s been a really great project,” Vilet said. “We have a ton of community support, and we’re hoping to produce a lot of food for the food bank.”

Sponsored by the Summit Prevention Alliance through LiveWell Colorado grant, Frisco’s new community garden will focus on promoting the importance of nutrition for low-income families and adults over age 55. The Alliance is a community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in Summit County. The garden is also receiving support from the Summit County Seniors and the Alpine Earth Center, while Summit County’s government granted temporary use of the land by the Summit County Community and Senior Center.

“Organizations that benefit seniors or low-income people can apply for a sponsored plot,” Rybak said. “Their seeds will be given to them.”

Availability for both regular and sponsored plots are filling up quickly – Rybak said the Alliance is still taking applications, and then a waiting list will be used.

Contact Rybak for more information about volunteer opportunities at (970) 453-9333 or joanna@summitpreventionalliance.org. Applications for plot-use and volunteering can be found on Alpine Earth Center’s website, located at http://www.alpinegarden.com/LiveWellProject.htm.

For more information about the Summit Prevention Alliance, visit http://www.summitpreventionalliance.org. To find out more about LiveWell Colorado, visit http://www.livewellcolorado.org.

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at crow@summitdaily.com.

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