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Offered by Brighton Shares the Harvest

BSH_Logo_NoWebsiteIf it’s June, it must be the busiest time of year for vegetable gardeners. Brighton Shares The Harvest has been busy since January, doing numerous things to educate, encourage, and enable these local gardeners to grow and share fresh produce.

We co-sponsored classes put on by the Adams County CSU Extension Office, providing beginning and advanced gardeners with information about gardening basics, greenhouses and other season extenders, small fruits, and growing in containers.

We donated over 1,000 packets of fruit and vegetable seeds directly to local food pantry clients, so they can grow some food for their families, and for sharing with others. These seeds were donated to us from Botanical Interests in Broomfield, Lake Valley Seeds in Boulder (through Jodi Torpey, aka Western Gardeners), and several other seed companies.

Thanks to funding from the Brighton Legacy Foundation and great pricing from Pinnacle Gardens and Harmony Gardens, we gave 20 bare root fruit trees and 10 potted fruit trees to Brighton gardeners who have committed to sharing some of the fruit with others in the community, once the trees start producing.

And we recently finished distributing 360 tomato and pepper plants to food pantry clients, several community/sharing gardens that we support, and to individual gardeners who will share some of their fresh produce.

It’s hard to imagine that any of us are getting the recommended servings of fresh produce every day. If you’re a gardener with extra produce this summer, you can get information about donating it from our website,, click on “Donate Produce”, or contact Linda Young at