Heirloom Gardens is a recipient of a 2010 Mayor's Design Award. The awards ceremony will take place this evening at 6 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe (a former MDA recipient).
The Mayor's Design Awards were established to celebrate neighborhood businesses and developers who have made design excellence a priority in their communities. As reported by Westword, Mayor and Governor-Elect John Hickenlooper said "Great cities are just as enriched by many small and beautiful design interventions as they are by large and bold civic gestures."
The recognition of Heirloom Gardens is somewhat unique, because the MDA is usually granted to actual structures like unique residences, innovative commercial buildings, and restaurants. However, Heirloom Gardens was chosen not just for the physical transformations of yards and empty lots into organic gardens, but for mobilizing community members as participants in a cooperative local food system.
We at Heirloom Gardens are honored by this award, and grateful to the city for their support of sustainable food. Several of the Heirloom Gardens urban farmers will be present at the awards ceremony tonight. We look forward to continuing to work with our elected officials, community leaders, and neighbors to create new models for healthy, local, sustainable food production within our city!