Save Dharma's Garden
Help secure and protect this land
Our Vision: The preservation of a demonstration farm and working homestead within the City of Boulder, in perpetuity, with far-reaching positive impacts on the surrounding community, for generations to come.
Our Mission: To offer experiential educational opportunities in the heart of our city related to nature, agriculture, food, home life, and community-building to people of all ages. To cultivate meaningful connections between people, true appreciation for the natural world, and ethical stewardship of the land. To demonstrate, educate, and inspire others to take on the important work of tending the earth.
Our History: Founded in 2014, Dharma’s Garden is already well-established in the community, growing food and flowers for an on-site weekly market, offering a highly popular CSA program, and even supplying fresh produce to local restaurants. Each passing year has seen an increase in the number of classes, workshops, festivals, and other events that are held throughout the growing season. Likewise, more and more students and teachers regularly visit from the dozen schools in the area that are within walking distance. Already today, Dharma's Garden has become a thriving center of social connection within our neighborhood. Up until now, all this has been accomplished on rented property, with almost no starting capital, nearly all volunteer labor, and no long term security of our tenure on the property. But now, we have the wonderful opportunity to secure this land permanently through our nonprofit, and protect it in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations. If we don't act now to secure the land, Boulder will lose forever this incredible community asset.
Our Proposal/Ask: To finance the purchase of this unique five-acre parcel of land, we are seeking a five-year loan of $4.5 million, with a reasonable rate of return to the lender(s). This loan, backed by the deed of trust on the property itself, would provide our 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a five-year period of time to raise the funds needed to secure the property permanently and develop Dharma's Garden into a full-fledged educational farm and living homestead in our community. Please see attached term sheet for details.