Sydney Steinberg and her son Harrison discuss Colorado Rooted, a family-friendly non-profit offering “Garden in a Box” and “Orchard in a Box” products across the Front Range of Colorado. An effort to cultivate Colorado’s urban canopy and food forests, Colorado Rooted home-delivers these boxes to doorsteps in a 100 mile radius. The organization is also committed to help plant 1,000,000 trees with families, and organizes hiking and tree planting excursions in partnership with the Forest Service. Founded by arborist, Kelly Foster, Colorado Rooted also partners with neighborhood schools, helping them fund-raise with the orchard and garden boxes.
Although this is a Colorado project, Colorado Rooted provides a model that can be replicated in communities throughout the United States and world wide, and the Colorado Rooted team is developing resources to facilitate implementation in other communities! If you’re interested in learning more, you can contact Colorado Rooted via their website or Facebook page (details below).
With her son Harrison, Sydney is also engaging youth, and activating them as environmental stewards and neighborhood resilience catalysts. They tell us that trees represent family and connection – “We plant them for the future, we enjoy them while reading a book, swinging in the shade, and daydreaming in the sunshine.”
Colorado Rooted’s “Orchard in a Box” includes Apple, Cherry, Pear, or Plum trees, along with raspberry or blueberry bushes to plant as companions with them. There are three types of “Garden in a Box” – the standard vegetable box (lettuce, tomato, etc.), the “Salsa Garden Box” (pepper, tomatilla), and the “Herb Box” (oregano, basil, etc.).