Fort Morgan Community Garden

Program Contact

Britta Bergstrom

Graduate Student

brbe5586@colorado.edu

720.352.6535

Fort Morgan is a unique rural town on Colorado’s eastern plains. With a population of approximately 12,000, it is home to a burgeoning migrant population, particularly from Central America and East Africa. Last summer, University of Colorado Boulder graduate student Britta Bergstrom interned with the International Association for Refugees (IAFR) for her practicum with the CU Mortenson Center for Global Engineering (MCGE). She conducted research on community gardens in Fort Morgan and proposed an action plan. Two key findings were: 1) a desire by migrant communities to grow their own organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, and 2) a desire by community organizations for inter-cultural community building. The Fort Morgan Community Garden project aims to meet both needs by building a community garden at a local elementary school, Pioneer Elementary, in partnership with Morgan County School District.

The program will include two build days. The first took place on October 30, 2021, during which CU Boulder partners and volunteers from Fort Morgan will clear out existing planter boxes and lay the groundwork for planting in the spring. The second build day will take place on April 23, 2022 and local community organizations, community members, school children and their families will attend to help plant foods and celebrate the start of the garden. Pre-approved CU Boulder partners will also be in attendance. Further, Britta will mentor a high school student from Fort Morgan for the duration of their capstone project related to the garden.

  • Fort Morgan Community Garden Spring Plant Day

    Location

    in colorado

    Fort Morgan

    Dates

    4/23/2022 - 4/23/2022

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Fort Morgan Community Garden Fall Build Day

    Location

    in colorado

    Fort Morgan

    Dates

    10/30/2021 - 10/30/2021

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Engineering & Applied Science

  • Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Program Partners

  • CU Boulder Office of Pre-College Outreach and Engagement
  • Morgan County School District
  • International Association for Refugees
  • Pioneer Elementary School

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  • Students - Elementary School