Silverthorne community garden gets grant to break ground |

Silverthorne community garden gets grant to break ground

Caitlin Row
Silverthorne, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily Linda Hrycaj is one of the proponents of the new community vegetable garden being sought for Silverthorne.

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado ” With a short growing season and cold summers, Silverthorne, Colorado residents face perennial struggles when trying to raise a thriving vegetable garden.

But with the creation of Silvana’s Community Gardens in Silverthorne this spring, enthusiastic gardeners may be able to join a community of like-minded green thumbs hoping for a home-grown dinner salad.

This dream may soon become reality. Organizers just received a $1,000 grant from the Summit Foundation to prepare vegetable garden plots for rental, including building beds and stripping sod for the growing season.

The goal of the community garden is to integrate education, creativity and community cooperation.

“There’s a lot of preparation that will happen this spring for people to be able to use the gardens,” said Linda Hrycaj, Silvana’s co-chair of the community garden board. “Volunteers will actually run it … Anybody who’s interested in gardening can rent a plot for the season. They take full responsibility for care and upkeep.”

The garden will be restricted to vegetables, she said, and water will be available for the plants.

The group recently received clearance from the town to go forward with the plan, Hrycaj said.

The garden’s land, located just south of the Silverthorne Recreation Center, was donated by the town. Ground will be broken in spring if sufficient funds are raised.

“Essentially, the council has given the OK for the community garden,” said Ryan Hyland, assistant to the town manager. “They approved an official site plan.”

Now the challenge is to raise the funds to build the garden to match the design that council had approved.

“I think they can do it,” Hyland said. “They’re still waiting to hear about another substantial grant…. The biggest goal is fundraising to make this happen.”

Beautification and community-building where the main components in the council’s decision to approve the project.

Since the organization’s inception last spring, local businesses and individuals donated money to get the plan past the idea phase.

For more information, contact Becky Hodgell at or visit the website,

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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