High Altitude Gardening Tips
Kyla Laplante, the Summit CSA’s high altitude farming expert has prepared a variety of resources to help you garden in Summit County’s unique mountain environment. New to gardening? Read this introduction to discover what grows well at altitude.
HC3 only accepts applications for Nancy’s Garden, a greenhouse located in Frisco. Returning gardeners receive first priority. If plots become available, more information will be posted to this page in April. Sign up for the HC3 newsletter to stay informed.
For applications and more information about other community gardens in Summit County, please visit the Town of Dillon website (Leslie’s Garden) or the Silvana’s Garden Facebook Page (for Silverthorne plots). The Dillon Valley Elementary Garden is dedicated to Grow to Share, a food donation program. More information will be available in spring regarding the Breckenridge Community Garden.
Location: 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco, CO
19 Garden Plots
Nancy’s Community Garden consists of 3 greenhouses. One greenhouse contains 19 community garden plots and the other two greenhouses are used by the Summit CSA. The greenhouses are not open to the public.
Because Nancy’s Garden is located in a greenhouse, gardeners are responsible for opening and closing the greenhouse for airflow ventilation and heat management. Each gardener commits to 20 shifts during the season which are overseen by the Garden Steering Committee. If you do not complete your 20 shifts, you DO NOT receive your $50 deposit back.
Dillon Valley Elementary (DVE) Garden
Location: 108 Deer Path Rd. Dillon CO
12 Garden Plots
The DVE Community Garden operates in partnership with Summit County Women Infants & Children (WIC), Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC), and Dillon Valley Elementary School. Participants exchange their volunteer time in the gardens for fresh vegetables. Educational garden workshops take place throughout the season to help participants gain knowledge in planning and planting, maintenance, and harvesting. To get involved, email the Garden Coordinator (HC3).
Leslie’s Community Garden
Location: Corner of Tenderfoot and Lake Dillon Dr. (Behind the fire station)
26 Garden Plots
Thanks to a generous donation from the Stair family and the hard work of town staff, the Town of Dillon now has a community garden to call its own. Beginning with 26, 4’x8′ raised beds, this garden is anticipated to grow over time with the development of the downtown Dillon core.
Location: Colorado Mountain College | 107 Denison Placer Rd.
34 Garden Plots
Who said growing food at 9,600 feet was impossible? There are 34 twelve-foot by six-foot plots at the Colorado Mountain College Campus in Breckenridge. Elevation, cold nights, and unpredictable mountain climate won’t get in the way of our short growing season. We’re happy to show off our cold-hardy veggies that make the garden explode in edible greens from May to September. To help extend the growing season, we’ve designed mini-hoop houses to protect baby plants beyond the handful of frost-free days.