Experimental Orchard in Hidden Mesa Open Space

Written by Sydney Harwell The Food Systems Research Group recently had the opportunity to visit an experimental orchard for the research of hardy locally grown fruits and nuts at the Hidden Mesa Open Space, just south of Parker.  This orchard, funded through the Tri-County Health Department and a CO Health Grant, has been active since…

Progress on the Colorado Food Guild

Written by Dr. John Brett– With generous support from The Colorado Trust, University of Colorado Denver’s Food Systems Research Group and the Mile High Business Alliance have made major strides toward developing the Colorado Food Guild. After 5 months of intensive planning by the Convening Council, we held the Colorado Food Guild Think Tank where…

Access to Community Gardens in Near-Northeast Denver

Written by Krista Fuentes – Prior to making the decisions to go to graduate school, I was a middle school math teacher at a charter school located in the Park Hill neighborhood. Many of my students commuted from the Near-Northeast region.  90% of our student body participated in the free-reduced lunch program, which subsidizes meals…

Growing Food & Livelihoods: Urban Agriculture in Quito

Written by Kate Oviatt – In the summer of 2013, I had the good fortune to travel to Ecuador to visit some of the country’s urban agriculture projects. I was introduced to a number of different approaches to urban agriculture and it was inspiring to witness the ingenuity, expertise, and dedication people had for it.…

Envisioning the Colorado Food Guild

Written by Becky Blystone – University of Colorado Denver’s Food Systems Research Group and the Mile High Business Alliance have joined forces to facilitate the creation of a Local Food Guild for the state of Colorado.  For the past few months, a diverse group of producers, organizers, distributers, chefs, eaters, and thinkers have been convening…

Small-Scale Agriculture in Japan by Amy DiPierre

Written by Amy DiPierre – Over winter break last year (December 28-January 19 2013) I traveled to Japan for a course and to research small-scale agriculture for my master’s thesis. It was an interesting time to study agriculture – considering the winter is often viewed as an agricultural off-season. I was intrigued by what I…

Sustainable Cities: Who’s side are you on?

Written by Jessica Cook – I have been studying urban farming in Delhi, India for almost 3 years and I have always tried to approach it without judgment.  It is easy to advocate for the “little guy”—it is the American-way to root for the underdog.  But climate change mitigation practically necessitates grand gestures that impact…