Arvada garden still growing strong after 45 years

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Arvada—A plot continues to thicken, at the Arvada Gardeners garden, names and crops can change, but the growing continues after more than 45 years of tilling the soil.

“This all began in 1967 as the Arvada Men’s Garden Club,” said Garden Club President Elaine Gardner. “Somewhere around 1990, after the men had joined the Men’s Garden Clubs of America, wives decided to ‘check-up’ on their better halves, just to make sure they were working the land, that is when the club went co-ed, just like that golf course just did.”

None of the male growers had a real problem with women becoming members it helped get them out of the house as well.  Some have been planting and harvesting here for decades.

ARVADA, Colo. -- “You just do it to stay centered and get your fingers in the dirt,” said 80-year-old Buena Pomeroy. “I think coming here helps you cope with the troubles of the day.”

And they come for other reasons as well … to grow the biggest pumpkin, best veggies and tastiest produce.

One neat thing about the garden, they also grow fresh food for the Arvada Food Bank.

With their own ditch water, the folks are also working on ways to get two or three harvests each year … bold ambitions for these male and female planters of food.

For more info about the program visit their web site at: www.arvadagardeners.org. The group also operates the Delve Community and Andres Community Garden, both are in Arvada.

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