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Homegrown: Summit County celebrates local food with the Garden to Table dinner at Keystone Ranch

Kyle Wiseman harvests edible borage flowers at the community garden greenhouse in Frisco, Colorado.

Homegrown movement going strong in the high country

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Community gardening in the high country has grown just about as fast in the past couple of years as the lettuce, spinach and radishes thriving in greenhouses and plots from Silverthorne to Breckenridge.

If you don’t have plans yet for this Saturday night, consider attending the Garden-to-Table dinner at the Keystone Ranch, where the local gardening movement will celebrate its harvests and look ahead toward the future. Chef Steve Vlass is planning an all-star Colorado menu featuring venison, Rocky Ford cantaloupe, Palisade peaches and much more.

Proceeds from the $80 dinner will help provide the seed money to build the new Summit County community garden network, intended as an umbrella organization to ensure long-term sustainability for local gardens, including Silvana’s Community Garden in Silverthorne, The Living Classroom in Frisco, the Breckenridge Community Garden at CMC and Nancy’s Community Garden in Frisco.

The community garden network is a project of the High Country Conservation Center and the Summit County Food Policy Council. The groups hope to launch an online database for the gardens in 2013.

The new community garden network will answer many needs in our community by providing a one-stop shop for connecting gardeners to gardens, families in need to food banks and visitors to local farm stands, said Jennifer Santry, community programs director for the High Country Conservation Center. “Through the network, all of the community gardens will be able to share resources, plot applications, events, workshops, volunteers and tools,” she said.

The Keystone Ranch event starts at 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music, a silent auction, sustainable food and Colorado wine and beer.

For information and reservations, call Keystone’s activity and dining center at (970) 496-4386 or visit the High Country Conservation Center website.

Learn how one local gardener uses the produce from his plot on these posts from contributor Tom Castrigno.

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