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Sundari decided to expand her love for urban farming into a community venture in 2009, when she founded Heirloom Gardens, LLC. The project began with 6 gardens covering 8,000 square feet. It is currently 11 gardens with over 26,000 square feet. Heirloom Gardens also has a thriving apprenticeship program, with the goal of “growing farmers” and increasing the number of urban farming projects in Denver.

Sustainable Food Denver was founded in the fall of 2009. Sundari had a wish to change Denver’s laws regarding backyard chickens and goats, and she knew that she wasn’t alone. Soon Sustainable Food Denver grew to a Facebook page with over 1,300 members and an active email list to help mobilize supporters. In the fall of 2010 Sundari began working with city staff to draft an outline for a new Food Producing Animals ordinance. During the subsequent months the outline was revised as outreach was done with community members and various organizational groups. On June 20, 2011 the Denver City Council passed the new Food Producing Animals ordinance.

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