The Manna Garden

Manna is one of only a handful of soup kitchens in the United States that has an onsite garden, which was started by The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado. The garden’s purpose is multidimensional and serves various segments of the population. It helps Manna be more self-sustaining and provides educational and nutritional benefits to the community.

Food harvested from the garden feeds Manna’s clients and supplies instructional produce for Manna’s Culinary Program. 2,036 pounds of produce were harvested in 2020, contributing to our daily meals and food boxes.


Manna & The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado have Merged!

We are thrilled to announce, Manna and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado are merging to address the root causes of poverty, hunger and hardship in our community. Together we will expand our community relevance and impact, cooperating with families and individuals of all ages to achieve greater resilience and sufficiency by providing nourishing meals, support services, garden programs, food security education and job skills training. 

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Service Through Gardening

When you volunteer in our garden, you’ll be “growing” community and also learning about specialized topics that include Biodynamic and organic gardening maintenance. One in five children in La Plata County face food insecurity. With your participation, we can ensure a bounty of food for generations to come. Because of the dedication of The Garden Project, volunteers, clients, Colorado Master Gardeners, and local teens from La Plata Youth Services, our garden haven is a special place where everyone belongs and learns together.


Volunteer in our Garden

Volunteer opportunities in our garden will return in Spring/Summer 2021. Contact Kyler at for more info.

Garden Tasks

Planting, mulching, weeding, dead heading, composting, bed building, harvesting, and more.

Things to Bring (if you have them!)

Gloves, hat, sunscreen, jacket, clippers.