Produce-planting effort for local food banks seeking volunteers

Vegetables will go to Community Table, Metro Caring

Staff report
Posted 5/13/20

2020 was going to be Crescendum Flower Farm and Events’ first season in business after Krista Kushik and her family bought a farm off of 62nd Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. But rather than go …

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Produce-planting effort for local food banks seeking volunteers

Vegetables will go to Community Table, Metro Caring

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2020 was going to be Crescendum Flower Farm and Events’ first season in business after Krista Kushik and her family bought a farm off of 62nd Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. But rather than go forward with the initial business plan, to host sustainable events at the organic flower farm, Kushik has taken a detour to launch a community effort in response to COVID-19.

“Flowers don’t fill bellies, but veggies do, and unfortunately I think our community is going to need a good deal of help coming out of this crisis,” she said. “My goal is to make it a true community endeavor.”

Kushik is now using a portion of the farm’s fields to grow produce for area foodbanks. She has also created and steadily grown a volunteer group, which now includes several dozen friends, residents and other local farmers who are either planting at the farm or in their own yards.

The business has additionally worked on partnering with Arvada Gardeners, Rocky Mountain Blooms and Front Range Flower Farmers to expand the effort.

So far, more than 270 plants have been planted, with Kushik and the volunteers planning to donate the vegetables to Arvada Community Table and Metro Caring.

To learn more or get involved, visit crescendumflowerfarm.com.

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