Gardeners face obstacles in planting in the city

The Publisher’s Place Center at the intersection of Airport Road and Club Drive is home to at least three bakeries. Chinook Center, Agape Food Warehouse and Voice Unidas all share the same food from the Old Zone Mall in K-Land.

This spring, the Colorado Springs Children’s Museum also opened its doors to the mall. It seems like a perfect place for some community gardeners to visit. “We were thinking of ways to address the problem of food insecurity,” said Joe Mangels, a Democrat in the United States. Provide a place where people can volunteer for any amount of work, and support the three warehouses here.

In early May, Mangels and others planted beds, brought soil, and sowed seeds.

“We have beans, bell peppers, asparagus, cabbage, squash sprouts,” he said. It has become a team effort by many, giving time, effort, and waste.

Unfortunately, the garden was privately owned and later in the summer, property managers told Mongels and others at the Chenchuk Center that they should go. “Owners do not want a garden on their land,” says John Cristans, of the Chinook Center. “They only prefer weeds, I guess. You do nothing about it. If this place is built and no one is doing anything about it, the land will remain empty for 40 years. They do not take care of the property. The parking lot is crumbling; There are no spots on the roads, there are holes in the ground, the place is weeds. They do not seem to care much about the property until there is a garden. ”

For Christians, living in a garden with their community center has always been a goal. “When we first entered the Chinook Center, Monica Snowberg said, ‘We have to build a community garden! ‘It was.’ “She was pointing out that there are no community gardens in Colorado Springs that are colorful or controlled, so from day one we are talking about a community garden in this block. Nothing as far as I know in K-Land. ”

“As long as the code requirements are not violated in Colorado Springs, community parks will be allowed to be used for code gardening,” said Kim Melkor, a Colorado Springs communications expert.

Many community gardens in the Colorado Springs, such as the Darfield Hills and Hillside Parks, are run by community center programs. “There are also community gardens in Vermijo Park, Old Farm and Shock Run,” says Melkor.

Prior to 2020, community gardens were managed by charitable, pixie city gardeners. “However, that group was disbanded by the end of 2020, so this administration is currently reorganizing this program when it happens to be on the property,” said Melkor.



(Left) John Chrysostom, Melissa Hall, and Joe Mangels Gorilla Garden at Publishers’ Place.




But there are green thumbs up for frustrated and socially minded people. Instead of placing residents on private property and hoping no one will notice, you can contact the Colorado Springs Sustainability Office. With the property manager, ”said Melkor. “Our office works with asset managers involved in gardening to provide assistance and resources to improve their programs, and manages day-to-day activities such as asset managers’ plans and inventory allocation. The Office of Sustainability recently oversaw this program and is working to strengthen the program and create better support for this program by creating a website for COS Public Resources and Contact Information in the future. As a matter of fact, our office does not have the capacity to manage every garden, so we work closely with the Peak Peak Urban Gardeners team.

Although the property manager removed the rain nets around the garden with the support of wooden beds and printers, the plants remained there until they were harvested.

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