Rebecca Andruszka, DUG’s development and communications director, said the organization had already announced the 2016 Free Seeds and Transplants program when it received the news about the funding cut.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of backpedaling we could do at that point. Internally, we took a hard look at some areas where we could make some cost cuts,” she said.
Andruszka said she believes the funding cut happened because money is tight in general. While Denver has supported the service through the process, DUG needs cash to make it run.
“It’s clear that the outpouring of support from the community that people love this program,” Andruszka said. “We just need to make sure everyone knows about it and turn some of that interest into dollars coming in as well. Canceling the program is an option, but it’s one we want to avoid.”