Farmington Food Forest

We visited Bev Todd at her food forest in Farmington, the Crestview Forest Garden. 

After the drive through dry, hot, red rock it was quite the contrast to step into a lush, shaded, bountiful forest.

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The Manna Market has begun!

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Charcuterie: Bacon, Sausage, + Rillettes!!!!



As more and more consumers and restaurants are purchasing whole, 1/2, or 1/4 animals, more chefs are looking for employees with some butchering and preservation skills. Manna's Culinary Arts Department lucked out when Neal Drysdale agreed to teach a class on charcuterie. Neal Drysdale, Chef De Cuisine of The Strater Hotel is leading the way in the local meats movement. As a Board Member of Local Brands Cooperative, Neal works hard to make local + regional meat accessible to restauranteurs and consumers. 

Charcuterie, or preserved prepared meats, are growing in popularity and are a great addition to a new chef's toolbox. But is Charcuterie a new skill? Absolutely not! Charcuterie has been around since the first century AD and was an effective way to preserve meats pre-refrigeration.  Charcuterie is a great and diverse way to prepare meats from a whole animal. But first, let's talk about why!

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Gardening 101 Workshop 2017


Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, April 25, 2017

Keoki Moore

 Workshop Presenter




Keoki Moore

Compost Team Captain at Shared Harvest
Community Garden.

"Keoki has transformed the garden,
              just ask the microbes!"
                 -Marye Jackson, long time gardener
                           and Shared Harvest Member



All projects start with a vision: Start small and keep your garden manageable. In gardening, you don’t have to learn everything all at once. Your vision becoming real is the end product of work, time and thought. This is where planning comes into the picture. If your vision is to be seated at the dinner table with your family eating a stew made from veggies that you grew yourself, then start from that point and work backward, making each step part of the vision. Let’s say your vision is to have carrots, leeks, potatoes and onions in your stew. When you are new to gardening, you may not be equipped with the information that you need in order to proceed.

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Grape Pruning, Biodynamics, and Americorp's Best!

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2017 Manna Garden Workdays!!!!

Who's itching to get out into the garden? The Garden Project is excited to get the gardening season started early this year! We not only offer a beautiful setting to get outside, but we also focus on making each work day a learning experience for volunteers. Questions about gardening? Bring them to the workday. This is a great time to quiz our staff about cool weather crops and seed starting (which should be on your mind right about now). We welcome all volunteers, no gardening experience required!

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DUG staff training trip to Denver - March 2017

Bringing your inspiration, insights, and ideas back from over the mountains in Denver!

Last week Garden Project Staff headed to Denver to figure out how to expand the impact of school and community gardens.

Who says work can't be fun? Especially not when you are hanging out with this staff!

We brought, Kenny, our traveling monster friend along!

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School Garden Committee Recruitment

School Garden Committee awareness and recruitment has begun!

We are in the beginning stages of supporting schools with existing garden infrastructure (in use or not) to form school garden committees.

These committees are made up of staff, parents, neighbors, local master gardeners - really anybody who has a direct connection to that school and wants to be involved in maintaining the school's garden.


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Kids' Camp Lessons December 2016

The Garden Project’s school garden educators created hands-on garden based science activities for Durango 9-R Elementary Schools Kids’ Camps! 


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2016 Impact


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