Urban grower Dee Dee DeVuyst, 2010 EarthDance Farm & Garden Apprenticeship graduate, lives and gardens in Denver.
DeeDee is growing carrots, lettuce, kale, spinach, arugula, mesclun, 5 varieties of tomatoes, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, cabbage, summer squash, spaghetti squash, watermelon, and sweet peppers in two different Denver Urban Gardens community garden plots! AND in her apartment she’s growing her own fresh herbs (basil and cilantro) in container gardens. The volume of food Dee Dee is producing is quite impressive and a great testament to how much produce even city dwellers can grow without their own yards!
Says Dee Dee: “I’m super urban and have no land, but I’m excited that I have the ability to grow my own food anyway! When I moved [to Denver] after Peace Corps, it was a big goal of mine to have a garden. I was on waiting lists for community garden plots for a while, but now I’m doing it!
I grew up not eating vegetables, and even during my time at EarthDance I was unfamiliar with a lot of the vegetables we were growing. My time at the farm transformed my relationship with food and the earth, and even changed the course of my career and what I want to do with my life.
EarthDance put the little seed in me, and I’ve been growing ever since!”