AspenPointe’s Community Gardenhas been so successful in its harvest and training programs that we have added a Geodesic Dome to extend the Community Garden's growing season., but we still need YOUR help to better serve our clients, community members and customers
Our Geodesic Dome allows the community garden to provide programming for our clients and community year round and helps to provide fresh, local produce for our AspenPointe Café throughout winter months. As a result of being able to garden year round, we can serve more people and increase the amount of fresh produce made available to our clients, community and employees through winter.
We purchased our dome from Growing Spaces Geodesic Domes, and they are greenhouses designed specifically for the harsh and varying climates within the Rocky Mountains and for the many days of sun we receive even throughout the dead of winter. These domes require less heat to grow plants, have a smaller footprint on the environment and often have a higher yield.
Giving Levels and Recognition
We are asking you to consider giving to this Phase II – Garden Geodesic Dome project, any amount would be greatly appreciated. Donors will be recognized by having their name or logo engraved into the blocks of a walkway leading to the dome. All donors will be listed on a plaque near the dome.
What is the purpose of AspenPointe’s community garden?
The community garden utilizes a multi-faceted model to engage our community and educate individuals on health and nutrition while providing access to fresh produce, providing wellness and recovery opportunities, offering job training opportunities for youth and adults, and providing our AspenPointe Café with fresh, local produce.
How long has the garden been in operation?
2012 was the garden’s first growing season, although planning started a year before that. We started planting in April 2013, after the completion of the dome, and we will begin harvesting in July.
How many pounds of food has been harvested and where has it gone?
In 2012 we harvested 770 pounds of produce. The majority of the produce has gone to the AspenPointe Café at the Citizens Service Center but some was also given to volunteers who assisted in the garden.
Why did you need a geodesic dome for the garden?
A geodesic dome allows the community garden to provide programming for our clients and community year round and helps to provide fresh, local produce for our AspenPointe Café throughout winter months.
How does this allow you to expand your programming?
As a result of being able to garden year round, we are able to serve more individuals and increase the amount of fresh produce made available to our clients, community and employees through winter.
What does geodesic mean?
A geodesic dome is a sphere-like structure made up of a complex network of triangles which create a self-bracing framework that provides structural strength while using minimal material.
What are the benefits of a geodesic dome?
Geodesic Domes are designed specifically for the harsh and varying climates within the Rocky Mountains and for the many days of sun we receive even throughout the dead of winter. As a result of the seven features shown in the graphic below, these domes require less heat to grow even tropical plants, have a smaller footprint on the environment, and often have a higher yield.
How can I get involved?
Come out and help! We have volunteer and training days in the garden. Check out the schedule on our Community Garden page.
AspenPointe has empowered clients, enriched lives and embraced purpose through behavioral health services, counseling services, career services, substance abuse treatment, employment, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration and care management.
One of the largest nonprofits in Colorado Springs, AspenPointe traces its roots back to 1875 when we were called the Springs Relief Society. That organization, which delivered coal, lumber and clothing to the needy, was the genesis of what today is a comprehensive and integrated system of care that addresses the overall wellness of each client whether they need behavioral health services, counseling services or career services.
We have 12 organizations that serve more than 30,000 individuals and families each year through behavioral health services, counseling services, career services, education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration, telephonic wellness and care management.
We collaborate with clergy, educators, employers, other health and human service agencies, the legal/criminal justice system, other behavioral health providers, insurers, and many other organizations to leverage our collective resources in order to better our communities and the lives of its residents.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded largely by Medicaid, state and federal grants, local government contracts, and generous donations.