How We Grow Community
The garden has become a place where people from the community come together. Natural events such as solstice and equinox are held in the garden. The garden has hosted group permaculture action days where over 200 people have shown up to work collaboratively, has partnered with the City Repair Project for a day of activities revolving around making cities reflect community values, and has hosted diversity workshops taught by activists and professors from the community. We also began and are completing a labyrinth in 2018 to create a space for people to walk and contemplate. Spaces for meditation and walking paths are a wonderful addition to a garden, act as a landmark within a city for a garden, and allow people to be in a garden actively taking time for themselves and enjoying the habitat.
Under the leadership of our farmers the work and reputation of Sister Gardens as an ambassador for farmer rights, good food, and food justice has grown regionally. We have cultivated close partners in the neighborhood and have been engaged in promoting the work of our farms by participating in the Denver food movement. Ms. Emmad been a panelist for Slow Food Nations on food sovereignty, a speaker on immigrants and refugee farm policy for slow foods leadership summit, the keynote speaker for Denver Housing Healthy Living Summit, a speaker for Denver Public Schools Garden Sustainability Forum, amongst other speaking and teaching she has engaged in. She and Dr. Thompson applied to the Denver Mayor’s Advisory Council on Sustainable Food and were selected amongst a competitive pool of applicants for three-year terms beginning in 2018.
Preservation of Culture
The garden acts as a space to honor diversity in people and land. Native communities have the opportunity to offer blessings to start events, traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies have been held her and crops have been selected for genetic preservation. Since 2016 one entire area of the garden has been dedicated to a Bio Regional foodways that focus on crops traditionally grown in the Four Corners area and preserving seeds from these crops. In 2018 we have added an area that focuses on African foodways and crops that are specific to the African and African American food legacy that is infused in the foods we eat and farming practices we employ in the United States.