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City Hall spices it up with salsa garden
Friday, July 13, 2012

Nick in the City Hall Garden
Nick among the tomatillos at City Hall

For the third consecutive growing season, a (mostly) organic demonstration garden at Colorado Springs City Hall is growing food for Care-n-Share. This year all the fixings for salsa are in the ground, garlic chives, cilantro, tomatillos, tomatoes, onions, peppers along with some proven winners: Swiss chard, parsley, rosemary, basil, purslane (high in Omega 3s), strawberries and edible flowers. City employee Nick Hellbusch volunteers his time and hopes that some of the veggies will be producing at the same time so the garden can serve as a micro-business case study bringing a product, in this case salsa, directly to market.  (Proceeds would go back into expanding community gardens or starting up new ones). Yet even if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the veggies go to support Care-n-Share and the Stratmoor Hills Community Center Food Pantry. In fact, Nick and Office of Innovation and Sustainability Intern Allison Plute will make a Stratmoor Hills Community Center trip later this month using some of the veggies to teach how to make fresh salsa.