Shared Harvest Community Garden, founded in 2001, is located near Durango, Colorado, on a small, private farm owned by Bob Kauer. This is a high altitude farm (7,000 ft) with a short growing season (Jun 15 – Sep 15). The garden is one acre in size, with 30 irrigated rows of 150 to 200 feet in length.
The garden is cultivated cooperatively by 60 households who join small teams of 5 to 8 members each. Each team includes a team leader and co-leader, and tends 2 to 4 rows. A master gardener volunteer provides garden management information to the team leaders.
Each row features just one or two crops. The harvest from each crop is shared with the entire garden membership. Members are expected to work three to fours hours a week during preparation and planting season, and two hours a week thereafter, through harvest and fall clean up. Members also attend monthly work parties and potluck dinners from April through October.
Surplus produce is donated to a homeless shelter and a domestic violence women's shelter. An annual household fee of $50 is used to purchase seeds, bedding plants, tools, equipment maintenance, and manure.
Tool shed, office in barn
Bathroom, farm house, deck for summer potlucks