​Be a Sustainable Neighbor

The City supports community gardening and beekeeping.  

​Join a Community Garden

There are multiple community gardens located throughout the community.  Churches, schools, libraries, or other community entities manage their own community gardens.  Any resident that wants to garden at these community gardens can join in.  If you would like to join an existing community garden, please view the community garden flyer to the right for information and locations of existing community gardens.

Also, gardeners are invited to attend a monthly meeting where members from the CSU Extension Master Gardener program are present to lend their expertise. These Adams Community Gardens CO-OP meetings are normally held on  the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. from March to October at The Senior Hub Adult Day Service Office, 2360 West 90th Avenue in Federal Heights.  Meeting dates, times and locations may change. You are welcome to contact Tom Rapp, the Adams Community Gardens CO-OP Coordinator at trapp@seniorhub.org or 303-955-6609 to confirm the meeting date, time and location.

Start a Community Garden

Community gardens in Thornton are eligible to receive credits toward water costs if they follow the following policies:

  • Be located within the city limits.
  • Adhere to the City of Thornton Community Garden Ordinance and other related ordinances.
  • Allow for any Thornton resident who wants to garden.
  • Donate a substantial amount of the produce to area food banks/pantries.
  • Report on food donated and provide financial receipts at the end of the season to the Adams County Co-Op.
  • Have the property owner sign the registration form to confirm his/her/their authorization to host a community garden on the property.

If you are interested in establishing a new community garden in Thornton, please read the Community Garden Ordinance to the right and then contact City Development at 303-538-7295 to discuss your plan. To register a community garden and apply for the water credit, complete the community garden registration form.

Keeping Bees

Beekeeping is allowed at community gardens and at single-family homes. In order to keep and maintain a bee hive on your property, you must submit a beekeeping permit application to the Building Inspection Division. Beekeeping permit applications can be found on the right hand side of this page. Any questions regarding the permit should be directed to Building Permits at 303-538-7250. For more information regarding areas permitted and beekeeping practices, read through the city ordinance on bees. Any questions about beekeeping practices can be directed to Animal Control at 720-977-5250.