This group of backyard farmers is one of ten finalists in our One-Block Party contest. The winner will be announced on September 20, 2011.


Aurora, CO



Anna Staton and Dylan and Emilio Kukic, watering the carrot seeds they'vejust finished planting.

Headed by Elizabeth Staton, a flower gardener turned edibles grower by her vegetable-loving 3-year-old, Team Organic Donors plans to give surplus produce to local food banks and join Colorado’s Plant a Row for the Hungry. Elizabeth and seemingly her entire family (grandparents, her sisters and their families, she and her husband and their two toddlers) and friends and their families are growing dozens of fruits and vegetables, plus lots of herbs—so many that the list she sent us reads like a farmers’ market sell sheet! One friend has backyard chickens, and another keeps bees. Elizabeth makes cheese (queso blanco and mozzarella so far), and has a batch of red wine vinegar on top of her fridge and homemade yogurt inside it. “This summer,” she says, “I’ll be ordering a Back to the Roots mushroom kit so we can grow our own fungi (the kids will adore it).” Her husband’s parents might even catch some trout for the dinner. We’re looking forward to a big, happy feast from Team Organic Donors.

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