Tended by volunteers led by Family Nurse Practitioner Jenny Lang, our community garden grows fresh vegetables behind our Glenwood Springs clinic. Each spring, the rich earth fills with peas, squash, spinach, lettuce and cilantro, later giving way to warm-weather beans, tomatoes and peppers.
Employees and community volunteers work the soil, many of them learning the tricks of vegetable gardening for the first time.
Jenny noticed the need for education early on. “I was like, why is no one picking lettuce? Why? Because I don’t think anyone knew when or how to pick it.”
Volunteer and community member Jesus is an essential contributor to the homegrown operation, watering the vegetables every day.
April planting day gets everyone out together, to appreciate the therapeutic nature of preparing and tending a garden.
“We’re here to get our families outside, as well as to teach them about planting food and playing in the dirt,” said Mountain Family CEO Ross Brooks. “I’m on the road all the time, so my favorite time is being back in the clinic, back in the garden.”
“Everyone should know that what we eat is the best medicine of all,” says Jenny.