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Phase one of People's Garden project completed at CSU Research Park

November 28, 2011
by Amanda Ford

More than 30 volunteers gathered recently at CSU's Research Park to plant the People's Orchard at the Natural Resource Research Center campus, an effort by the NRRC Building A Green Team.

The Building A Green Team promotes the practical implementation of sustainable principles and fosters projects that reduce the environmental footprint of the campus. These efforts include water and energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, green purchasing and reducing transportation impacts.

CSU provided irrigation infrastructure

CSU’s role in the People’s Orchard project was to provide irrigation infrastructure and initial weed control. Ron Owen from the Facilities Management Outdoor Services Group worked with the organizers of the People’s Orchard to help facilitate the project. Other partners include the City of Fort Collins’ Gardens at Spring Creek, which designed the orchard, and the city’s Forestry Department, which provided truckloads of wood mulch.

The NRRC Building A Green Team is a group of U.S. Department of Agriculture employees dedicated to lowering the ecological impact of operations within their workplace. Building A is one of five buildings within the NRRC, a campus in Fort Collins that houses the U.S. Forest Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Natural Resource Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Geological Survey and the headquarters of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National forests and Pawnee National Grassland.

A community effort

Contractors and family members from the U.S. Forest Service, NRCS, OCIO, ARS, Boy Scouts from Troops 81 and 90, and Cub Scout Pack 11 met together to plant 34 fruit trees and shrubs at the NRRC campus.

Orchard plan courtesy of Gardens on Spring CreekThe orchard was just phase one of the People’s Garden project. Members plan to continue to support the USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative, promoting employee wellness, demonstrating sustainable gardening practices and maximizing usable produce for the Larimer County Food Bank.

Trees and shrubs planted:
• 2 Red Delicious apples
• 2 Golden Delicious apples
• 5 Honeycrisp apples
• 3 Pioneer apricots
• 3 North Star cherries
• 4 Stanley plums
• 6 Crandall Clove currants
• 8 Red Lake currants
• 1 Black Lace elderberry

The orchard will save irrigation water, demonstrate sustainable growing practices, provide educational opportunities and, in a few years, provide fresh fruit to the Larimer County Food Bank.

More information about the project.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336