Growing Colorado Kids

Growing Colorado Kids was founded in 2008 by Chris and Denise Lines to address the hunger faced by refugee youth in Metro Denver. At first, the program utilized inner-city garden plots to grow food for refugee families. In 2013, Growing Colorado Kids moved to a 5-acre farm in Commerce City. With the addition of farm animals and a colony of bees, refugee youth are now provided time away from the challenges of city and family life for the enjoyment of fresh air, nutritious fresh food, and the opportunity to gain invaluable life skills, nutrition education, and farming acumen. GCK is a proud project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.

We value teamwork, community building, nutrition, natural growing, and public service. These tenets guide our decision-making, programming, and visioning and have led to fruitful outcomes. In the 2017 season we served 22 refugee youth, sent home 1,651 pounds of prepared food, harvested 3,762 pounds of fresh naturally grown produce, shared 2,264 farm fresh chicken eggs, and collected 16 pounds of honey! This outcome is a result of the 4,327 volunteer hours, thank you volunteers! The bounty went home with our youth and to our partner nonprofit organizations, SAME Cafe and Brighton Shares The Harvest.


Thank you for your interest to grow together with Growing Colorado Kids! Here are the ways you can get involved with us today!

  • Serve As A Board Member
  • Join A Committee
  • Participate with Fundraising Goals
  • Take a Tour – Learn more about what we’re doing and take a 1 hour farm tour (suggested minimum donation of $20)
  • Sponsor A Farm Meal
  • Shop from our Amazon Wish List
  • Sign up for our eNewsletter
  • Get social with us on Facebook and Instagram

If you are interested in getting involved please CONTACT US or DONATE today!

Thank you Scott’s Miracle Gro Foundation for spending the day with us!