A nonprofit project in the heart of Boulder, Colorado
What We Are
Founded in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational project, Dharma's Garden has since grown into a thriving center of connection within the local community. Here, people are connected to each other—through meaningful work, seasonal festivals, and social activities. Just as importantly, people are connected to the natural world—through educational programs, hands-on activities, and immersive experiences.
Through our productive half-acre garden, lively Saturday market, popular seasonal festivals, and diverse educational programs for adults and children of all ages, Dharma's Garden is a project of the community, by the community, and for the community.
Dharma's Garden brings a direct connection to sustainable agriculture right into the heart of the city, fully integrated with the community, accessible and inclusive, offering freely to visitors an immersive experience that is all but lost in the modern world today. Using organic, biodynamic, and regenerative agricultural practices, this living homestead serves as a model for ethical land stewardship, with wild areas and cultivated areas both integral to the whole.
To demonstrate, educate, and inspire others to
take on the important work of tending the earth.
What We Offer
We grow many different kinds of fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers — and duck eggs, too! We share with the surrounding community through our members-only weekly market, on Saturdays from June to October. We occasionally have additional produce available at our self-serve Little Garden Stand.
We sometimes offer seeds and live plant starts in the spring, and various other products throughout the year including herbal products (salves, bath salts, etc), and a limited selection of canned or prepared foods (as allowed by Colorado's Cottage Foods law)
Mainly, though, our focus is on sharing the experience of tending the land, connecting with nature, and connecting to each other, through small-scale sustainable agriculture. We offer many classes & workshops, youth camps, apprenticeship opportunities, and seasonal events.
How to Get It
We are a non-profit project supported by donations from our members. Most of our products and services are offered directly on-site and available only to members — though anyone can become a member!
Members get access to our weekly market during the summer, discounts on classes and workshops, and opportunities to participate in fun events and garden activities throughout the year.
Ready to Join?
Dharma's Garden is situated on a 5-acre parcel of land traversed by Wonderland Creek in northwest Boulder, Colorado. Sheep grazed this land in the early 1900s, and it has been largely untouched since then. In 2014, Boulder native Tim Francis and his wife, Kerry, settled onto the land and cultivated a half-acre garden with the intention of sharing some of its magic with the surrounding community, as well as the wider world. The garden we call Dharma’s Garden—named after a deer who was born where the garden now stands (more on him below).
Over the last six years, Dharma’s Garden has become a thriving center of social connection within the neighborhood. From our bustling on-site market days to weekly volunteer opportunities, from school field trips to hands-on workshops, from summer camps to seasonal festivals—this land already offers so many ways that locals can connect with the earth and one another through the growing, harvesting, and preparing of food. But what truly has been kindled here is an inspired way of living— a way in which humanity is wholly engaged in the noble mission of ethical stewardship of the earth.
This dream continues to unfold with the generous support of our community.
About Dharma the Deer
"Dharma" was the name given to a baby deer born on this very same land in 2011, to the wonderment of the kindergarten students next door. We think of him every time we walk through the meadow grasses around the garden.
We hope Dharma is still happily scampering around the wild somewhere near.
- About Us -
Tim is our resident garden manager and director of the Dharma's Garden project. A lifelong gardener, landscaper, and nature lover, Tim studied biodynamic farming under Jim Barausky here in Boulder. Before Dharma's Garden, Tim worked as the garden manager of Koanga, a permaculture institute in New Zealand.
Kerry Francis helps to tend the garden, care for the animals, run the weekly market, answer emails, post pictures to social media, and a gazillion other things that constantly leave Tim in awe of his wonderful wife. Kerry is a Waldorf kindergarten teacher as well as an editor, birth doula, and so much more.
Oki & Zeeko
Our resident canines help watch over our land and all of its creatures, and provide us with endless love and entertainment.