Garden Share Cooking Class

The families at Manna are so thrilled to be receiving their garden produce boxes every week, it's very exciting!

Cooking Matters will be wrapping up a 6 week long cooking course with the families next week. The families have been so empowered with their newly learned cooking skills that they want to continue to meet as a group after the class is completed for potlucks and recipe sharing.

It has been inspiring to watch the families come together as a group, share resources and support each other around bigger life issues, through the venue of healthy eating and nutrition.

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2nd Annual Pies in the Garden - 2015

Pies_in_the_Garden_2015_Photos-010.JPGPies in the Garden was celebrated for it's second year at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

The garden was bountiful, the pies delicious, and the sunflowers as tall as gentle giants!

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Green dreams grow into reality

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden offers camaraderie and fresh produce

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The Science of Cooking Workshop 2015

WS_Science_of_Cooking_Photos_7.13.15-021.JPGDo you approach cooking as a fun experiment? Do you think of yourself as a "Kitchen Chemist"?

After The Science of Cooking Workshop we walked away with a scientist's mindset and ready to try (and sometimes fail, but keep learning) new ways to turn our food into delicious, nutritious creations.

We started with a quick and easy Focaccio bread recipe and learned the 4 basic ingredients to any bread:

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Blueberries, Mushrooms, Compost and more Permaculture: July Workday 2015

These sunny days and plentiful rain make for a happy garden and lots to do, so we got right to work at our July workday!

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OKCG Members Marye and Julie ready to rock!

On the list was
getting familiar with our herb garden,
building another compost pile
mapping out a few more permaculture guilds in the food forest,
and framing a bed for our blueberry patch.

Wait a second, you might say, blueberries don't grow in Colorado!

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KDUR Interview

KDUR Interview - June 9, 2015
Rachel Perrault interviews Sandhya Tillotson and Brooke Frazer with The Garden Project

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Mushroom Cultivation Workshop 2015

"Fungi are the beginning and the end to this whole system." -Travis Custer

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The decomposers of our world, fungi will eat anything that was once living and is now dead...wood chips, carboard, even cotton cloth.

DID YOU KNOW?: There are over 270 known species of mushrooms that have medicinal properties including anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-fungal, immune system support and more.

Travis Custer, of San Juan Mycology, taught us about fungi and the role they do and can play in growing healthy communities. Fungi provide important roles like decomposing "waste", producing an edible product, and creating humus for healthy soil. All of which connect back to taking care of our Earth and our communities.

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Beyond Sustainability, Into Abundance: The Colorado Permaculture Convergence 2015

Permaculture is for everyone. That's what I left the Colorado Permaculture Convergence with this weekend.Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Members at the Permaculture Convergence (R to L: Mia Carrasco-Songer, Julie Yarsa, Michael Wasson, Marye Jackson)

As we experience this changing climate, shortage of water, excess of waste, and degradation of our beautiful land and wonderful communities permaculture provides a guiding path to action.

Permaculture is the philosophy of working with the natural cycles and systems to create an abundance for all. At the 2015 Colorado Permaculture Convergence, hosted by the Permaculture Provision Project in Cortez, CO, we got to celebrate the people and projects working on permaculture in the Southwest and learn from the skilled, experience speakers.

Grant Curry, one of our hosts, inspired us to think beyond sustainability, which he described as having your nose just above water. Closing speaker, Joel Glanzberg, reminded us that we may feel the urge to jump all in and become a permaculturist with our own off-the-grid homestead complete with water catchment system, food forest, and a composting toilet but we need everybody (doctors, teachers, lawyers, homemaker, restaurant owners...everyone!) to think like nature.

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What is this? Are we in the Pacific Northwest?

This is the time of year when gardeners are always second guessing their decisions to plant or to hold off for warmer weather. At Manna we recently planted our lettuce, kale, chard, mustard, leeks, and pac choi plants. Our plants were not fully hardened off so we took some of our agribon and hoops and gave them a light cover, mostly to protect them from the hot Colorado sun. But what happened next was not on my radar. The rain gods moved Seattle's climate to Durango! I always loved Portland, Oregon but I had no idea it was going to come to Durango. We removed our agribon on Wednesday and our transplants are enjoying the unexpected cloudy and cool weather. We couldn't have transplanted on a better day, even though we were a couple of hours off from Maria Thun's leaf planting schedule. We also took the opportunity to turn our compost pile which had started to decrease below the active temperature that is ideal for composting. 

 

 

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Miller Middle School Garden Ribbon Cutting

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On Friday, May 8th, 2015 Miller Middle School cut the ribbon on their new school garden in Durango! The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado is proud to be a partner on this project. Grants to make this garden possible include Durango Education Foundation, Whole Kids and the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Services. Volunteers are needed to help care for the garden over the summer. To volunteer contact Kelle Bruno.

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