Denver’s Background Checking of Community Gardeners Gets Dirty

Posted by Kristina Taylor
April 8, 2010

Denver’s Background Checking of Community Gardeners Gets Dirty

Out of Denver, CO, comes a report that community gardeners are now being expected to undergo background checks.

What is a “community gardener”?  In the mile-high city, it’s those who, as the article says, “pay a small fee to grow veggies and flowers in fenced-in plots on the grounds of public schools.”

Not surprisingly, the background checks are being seen in a couple of different lights.  The gardeners feel it’s an intrusion, whereas the parents and guardians of kids are pleased with the idea.

What is your feeling on the policy? 

If you were a gardener, would you care?  If you were a parent of a school-aged child, would you support making everyone on school property pass a criminal background check?

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