Education & Events

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 09:00 AM through November 01, 2017
    Manna Soup Kitchen

    Garden Days at Manna

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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 06:00 PM through November 02, 2017
    Multiple Locations

    2017 Conservation Education Workshop Series

    For the second year in a row, we've partnered with the La Plata Conservation District to provide Conservation Education Workshops!

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    We aim to inspire youth and adults to become stewards of our natural resources by exposing them to sustainable agriculture and soil and water conservation, thereby building our local agricultural capacity in the long run. Together we can improve the climate resiliency and food security of our community.

    Check out these great learning opportunities! (Workshops for backyard gardeners and large landowners/farmers!)

    Psst! They are all free! Enjoy.

    Sign up on the La Plata Conservation District website. 

    Gardening 101
    Tuesday, April 25th, 5:30-7:30pm        
    @ Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
    w/ Keoki Moore, Shared Harvest Community Garden

    Natural Horse Habitat
    Tuesday, May 30th, 6-7:30pm     
    @ Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
    w/ Petra Christensen, Red Horse Solutions 

    Homegrown Herbs: A book signing and garden walk
    Thursday, June 22nd, 5:30-6:30    
    @ Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
    w/ Tammi Hartung, ethnobotanical herbalist, organic farmer of 38 years, and author
    Special host: Maria's Bookshop

    Native Food Sovereignty
    Tuesday, July 25th, 6-8pm 
    @ Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
    w/ M Karlos Baca, Taste of Native Cuisine

    Garden Troubleshooting: 
    Disease Control, Tomatoes, Season Extension

    Tuesday, August 22nd, 6-8pm
    @ Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
    w/ Darrin Parmenter, CSU Extension Horticulturalist- La Plata Co

    DOUBLE Feature:
    Cover Crops + Alternatives to Honey Bees

    Saturday, September 2nd, 3-5pm
    @ La Plata County Fairgrounds
    w/ Ted Creighton, La Plata Conservation District Board Member

    Tool Care: Sharpening, Cleaning, and Oiling before Winter
    Tuesday, October 3rd, 5:30-7pm       
    @ Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
    w/ Brooke Frazer, The Garden Project Manna Garden Manager
         
    DOUBLE Feature:
    Tree Care & Maintenance + Deer/Elk Fencing

    Saturday, November 4th, 3-5pm
    @Animas Valley Grange
    Ryan Cox, CO State Forest Service Forester

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 05:00 PM through August 30, 2017
    Rochester Hotel

    Community Concerts in the Secret Garden 2017

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    Community Concert Series 2017 

    The Garden Project has been selected to participate in the community concert series this year!

    Concerts are scheduled for Wednesday evenings June 28 through August 30 from 5-7pm 
    at the Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden.

    We encourage you to attend as many concerts as you can, since all proceeds are split between participating nonprofits at the end of the summer.

    The Garden Project will be hosting on July 19th with the Dustin Burley band.

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 05:30 PM through July 18, 2017
    Manna Soup Kitchen

    Cooking Matters at Manna

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Native Food Sovereignty

    Bring a “sense of place and time” to your food through an exploration of pre-colonial methods of cooking,  acquiring food, and Native American food traditions with Chef M. Karlos Baca

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    Chef M. Karlos Baca is the founder of Taste of Native Cuisine, an Indigenous chef cooperative, created in connection with the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum in 2011 to help revitalize Native food traditions through education, foraging, and Indigenous tasting menus. 

     

    “Helping to bring a sense of place and time to Indigenous Culinary History.”

    Cost: FREE
    This workshop is provided FREE thanks to the La Plata Conservation District and grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program.

    Check out the full workshop series HERE.

    NOTE: In order to reserve your spot you must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE.

    Registration is required.

    You must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE. 

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 08:00 AM · $15.00 USD
    Durango

    11th Annual Tour de Farms

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    Save the Date!

    CSU Extension and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado are pleased to announce the 11th Annual Tour de Farms will be in Durango, CO on Saturday, August 19th, 2017.

    Limited tickets available for purchase below!

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  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM

    Garden Troubleshooting: Disease Control, Tomatoes, and Season Extension

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    It seems that for all the times that something goes so right in your garden, every season there is something that goes wrong- whether it is the powdery mildew on your squash leaves, the giant green tomatoes that never seem to ripen, or the early frost that takes out your garden before you are ready to stop eating homegrown veggies. Come do some garden troubleshooting with horticultural expert Darrin Parmenter of CSU Extension for La Plata County. Darrin will cover a plethora of common garden hang-ups including plant diseases, how to get your tomatoes to ripen, and some DIY season extension for backyard gardeners. Don’t forget to bring your own questions as there will be time to dive into your specific garden issues!

    These workshops are provided for farmers, landowners, backyard & community gardeners, and the general public. This workshop is most applicable to backyard & community gardeners.

     

    Presenter

     

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    Darrin Parmenter is the County Director for CSU Extension in La Plata County. He coordinates the horticultural program including the Colorado Master Gardener program.

     

    His knowledge and skills include “Commercial horticulture, Community gardening, Fruit crops, Greenhouse crops, Home horticulture, Master Gardener program, Potatoes, Vegetable crops, Urban forestry, Small acreage management, Alternative crops, Manure management, Organic production, Soil management (compaction, tillage), Sustainable agriculture, Weed management.” 

    Cost: FREE
    This workshop is provided FREE thanks to the La Plata Conservation District and grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program.

    Check out the full workshop series HERE.

    NOTE: In order to reserve your spot you must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE.

    Registration is required.

    You must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE. 

  • Saturday, September 02, 2017 at 03:00 PM

    DOUBLE Feature: Cover Crops + Alternatives to Honey Bees

    More info coming soon...

    These workshops are provided for farmers, landowners, backyard & community gardeners, and the general public. 

    Presenter

     

     

    Ted Creighton, La Plata Conservation District Board Member

    Cost: FREE
    This workshop is provided FREE thanks to the La Plata Conservation District and grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program.

    Check out the full workshop series HERE.

    NOTE: In order to reserve your spot you must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE.

    Registration is required.

    You must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE. 

  • Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 05:30 PM

    Garden Tool Care: Sharpening, Cleaning, and Oiling before Winter

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    We all want our tools to last and be able to do their job. Let’s give them some TLC at the end of the season. Learn the proper techniques, tools, and materials to sharpen and oil your tools before putting them away for the winter.Feel free to bring one of your own tools for some hands on practice!

    Tools we will cover include:

    Shears & Clippers
    Shovels
    Hoes 

    These workshops are provided for farmers, landowners, backyard & community gardeners, and the general public. This workshop is most applicable to backyard & community gardeners, small farmers, anyone who landscapes their yard.

    Presenter

     

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    Brooke Frazer, the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Coordinator,  has a varied background in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and farming. Brooke started a successful SPIN inspired urban farm in Durango and is excited to be growing food downtown at Manna Soup Kitchen. Brooke enjoys playing roller derby, mountain biking, snowboarding, and remodeling her house when she isn't in the garden.

    Cost: FREE
    This workshop is provided FREE thanks to the La Plata Conservation District and grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program.

    Check out the full workshop series HERE.

    NOTE: In order to reserve your spot you must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE.

    Registration is required.

    You must register on the La Plata Conservation District Website HERE. 

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 06:00 PM · $75.00 USD
    Manna Soup Kitchen Garden

    4th Annual One Garden at a Time

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    Save the Date!

    The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado is pleased to announce that our 4th Annual farm-to-table dinner and silent auction will be held at the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden on Thursday, October 12th, 2017.

    The Manna Culinary Program will be catering a delicious dinner for us with food from our gardens, and local farms & ranches.

    Limited tickets available for purchase below.

    Facebook event page

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