Event Archives

Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Animas Valley Grange in Durango, CO

DOUBLE Feature: Tree Care & Maintenance + Deer/Elk Fencing

More info coming soon...

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

Presenter

 

 

Ryan Cox, CO State Forest Service Forester

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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Event Sold Out

4th annual "One Garden at a Time" farm-to-table dinner event
presented by The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado
to be held on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, from 6-9pm
at the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, 1100 Avenida del Sol, Durango

The event will feature cocktails in the Manna Garden with the TOAST mobile bar, before diners head into the party tent for a delicious locally-sourced feast prepared by the Culinary Students at Manna, live music by Jeff Solon Jazz Duo, silent auction, dessert from Serious Delights, wine bar from Wines of the San Juan, beer from Ska and drinks by Durango Craft Spirits. The whole experience will be interwoven with The Garden Project's garden programs and connections in the community.

This annual fundraiser supports our work with school and community gardens, allowing us to provide valuable programs like the Manna Market to food-insecure families, Farm to School programming for local students, and public gardening at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

Event Program & Silent Auction list

If tickets sell out, you can request to be added to the Wait List by emailing Sandhya.
Please include your name, email address, phone number and the number of tickets desired.
She will contact you if tickets become available. Price will remain at $75.

Facebook event page

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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. 

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, 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, August 19, 2017 at 08:00 AM · $5.00 USD
Durango

11th Annual Tour de Farms

UPDATE:
The long ride is SOLD OUT. There are still spaces on the short tour. Thank you!

 

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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.

The Tour de Farms is a bicycle tour of local farms & gardens highlighting what is unique, healthy, and homegrown about our agricultural and gardening community. There will be a short, family-friendly, ride and a longer ride.

After the rides there is a celebration after-party at Ska Brewing. There will be live music by Stillhouse Junkies, prizes, free beer and a delicious local foods lunch by Zia Taqueria. Tickets at $25 and include a commemorative pint glass, lunch, and a beer!

  Two ride options include:

  6-mile family friendly ride in town
        (Start at 8:30am at the Fairgrounds.)
  20-mile experienced ride along the Florida River Valley
       (Start at 8am near the intersection of Florida Road and CR 234. This ride is mostly paved with 2 sections of compacted dirt road, each 2 miles long. BONUS: If you want to extend the ride feel free to ride your bike up Florida Rd to meet us at to check-in, just make sure you are there before 8am!)

  More details will be sent to all riders. Or if you have questions please contact mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org.

Check out what we saw on the 2016 tour

Want to volunteer? Volunteers needed for Morning Registration, Ride Leaders for both the Short and Long rides, Bike Mechanics, Support Vehicle Driver, After-party Set-up and Clean-up. Contact mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

Purchase tickets below!

This event sells out every year, get your tickets early!

Join the Facebook event and share with your friends!

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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

Presenter

 

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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. 

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

Cooking Matters at Manna

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, 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

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 11:00 AM through May 11, 2017
Zia Taqueria

Zia Days 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 2 rsvps
The Garden Project Gardens

Volunteer Orientation and Garden Tour

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The Garden Project invites all new and returning volunteers to join us for a Volunteer Orientation and tour of the gardens! 

On Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, we will bike (or drive) to each garden, beginning at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, promptly at 5:30. From there we will ride to Needham Elementary School Garden and Manna Soup Kitchen Garden. 

Staff of The Garden Project will be at each garden with snacks, drinks, and fun activities! 

Please RSVP to Amy Johnston at Volunteer@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 05:30 PM

Gardening 101 Workshop

This FREE presentation will get you ready for the garden season with essentials like soil health, seed selection, garden design, and info on the SW CO/Durango climate, and more.
Intended for beginner gardeners to get the basic keys to a successful gardening season, this workshop will be interactive and include time for questions and insights from gardeners of all levels.
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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

 


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.

NOTE: In order to reserve your spot you must register. Thank you.

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

Garden Days at Manna

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 09:00 AM
Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez, CO

Four State Ag Expo

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Volunteer with us for 2 days of exciting garden based activities! 

March 16th and 17th 2017, 9:00am - 3:00pm

We will be spending two days working with elementary students from around the Four Corners teaching the importance of sustainable living and growing your own food! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Durango Arts Center

Film Night with LPOSC

Join us for a film night with La Plata Open Space Conservancy!

The Garden Project of SW CO will be showing our new film from 2016 and selling tshirts and hats! This is a FREE event! We'd love to have you join us!

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 01:00 AM through March 31, 2017
Durango Natural Foods

RoundUp DNF

Shop at Durango Natural Foods during the month of March and RoundUp at the register to support The Garden Project!

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Friday, December 02, 2016 at 05:30 PM
The Elks Lodge in Durango, CO

Coldwell Banker Holiday Party 2016

Come celebrate the season with us!

Mark your calendar for the Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors Holiday Party benefitting The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado!

Food, drinks, and good company!

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Friday, Dec. 2nd, 2016
5:30-9:00
The Elks Lodge
901 E 2nd Ave, Durango

$10 suggested donation
100% of your donations go to The Garden Project!
Food, drinks, and good company!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 05:30 PM

Soil Health: Give Back to Your Garden this Fall Workshop

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Benefits to preparing your bed in the fall:

- In the spring your bed will be ready to go!
The microbes and decomposers will have done a lot of work so you can get right to work getting your plants and seeds in the ground.

Give your "soil food web" a head start!
If you give the soil microorganisms and earthworms the organic matter they need to survive they can work through the winter improving your soil. 

Come learn what you need and how to give back to your garden this fall with hands-on demonstration

Workshop Presenter  

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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

  


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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, September 14th). 
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

 

Registration is required.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 09:00 AM · 31 rsvps
The Ore House Restaurant in Durango, CO

2016 Volunteer Appreciation Party

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Thursday, October 06, 2016 at 06:00 PM · $75.00 USD · 80 rsvps
Eolus Bar & Dining in Durango, CO

One Garden at a Time 2016

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Join us for the 3rd Annual: One Garden at a Time - Farm to Table Dinner

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 from 6 - 9 pm
Eolus Bar & Dining, on the rooftop patio
Farm to table dinner and silent auction to benefit The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado.

Limited tickets available for purchase below.

$75 includes dinner, drinks, dessert, & music
Dinner Menu: Chef Chris Crowl
Food: 550 Farms, Eric Ryba, Fields to Plate Produce, James Ranch, Mancos Valley CSA,
Sheila Payne, Turtle Lake Refuge, Twin Buttes Gardens
Drinks: Durango Craft Spirits, Ska Brewing, Wines of the San Juan
Dessert: Serious Delights & Animas Chocolate Company
Music: Caitlin Cannon of the Cannondolls
Flowers & Decorations: Passion Flower Bouquet Farm & Heirlooms

OR

Help Pack the House!

Make reservations with Eolus to eat downstairs on Oct. 6th and participate in the silent auction.
A portion of dinner proceeds will be donated to support school & community garden programs.

 Facebook event page

See photos from last year's event!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 05:30 PM

Seed Saving Basics: Cultivating Community Resilience Workshop

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Come explore the value of saving seed through a bio-cultural lense with brief group discussion regarding the GMO concerns and collective seed stewardship.  This course will further cover in greater depth seed saving basics for the three major plant families most commonly found in our gardens. These are Brassicas, Solanaceaes, Legumes, but also a few common regionally grown crops such as corn and amaranth in our region.   We shall cover quality discernment for seed, harvest and storage techniques for viability, regional seed resources, and garden planning for seed saving.
Workshop Presenter  

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Rachel Marie Bennett moved to Durango in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development/Agroecological Systems.  She loves exploring wild cultivars and traditional regional ecological stewardship practices through local guidance.  Her focus in our area has been cooperative development aligned with earth restoration initiatives. She currently coordinates the Southwest Seed Library based in Durango.  She is also an administrator in The Mother Earth Restoration Trust.  In spare time She experiments with sustainable home practices, particularly in her backyard garden.  It is her intention to continue supporting an awareness of collective stewardship in bio-cultrual regeneration of our natural systems through education and engagement with communities of our region.   


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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, September 14th). 
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

 

Registration is required.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 05:30 PM
La Plata County Fairgrounds

Ignite your Health - healthy nutrition through local, affordable food

Join Mercy Nutrition Therapy and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado for “Ignite your health: Healthy nutrition through local, affordable food,” a FREE, six-part series on how to eat healthy, on a budget. Each interactive session will provide hands-on education and training from Mercy nutrition experts and Garden Project staff on how easy, affordable, and delicious it can be to achieve better health through proper nutrition, ways to incorporate locally sourced foods into your diet, and more. Details about upcoming classes available online at mercydurango.org.

Seating is limited. Register at the link or by calling 970-764-3999.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 05:30 PM · 14 rsvps
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Garden, 564 E. 30th St, Durango

Garden Social at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

We'd like to invite our members, individual donors, business sponsors and partners to join us in the garden for a fun social hour!

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Come tour the gardens with our board members and staff, see what you are supporting, and meet other supporters! Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Come to one social, or all three! We look forward to seeing you in the garden! (No requests for donations will be made at these events.) 

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Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Social
Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30

Needham School Garden Social 
Wednesday, August 31st at 5:30

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Social
Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30

 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 05:30 PM · 20 rsvps
Needham Elementary School Garden, 2425 W. 3rd Ave, Durango

Garden Social at Needham School Garden

We'd like to invite our members, individual donors, business sponsors and partners to join us in the garden for a fun social hour!

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Come tour the gardens with our board members and staff, see what you are supporting, and meet other supporters! Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Come to one social, or all three! We look forward to seeing you in the garden! (No requests for donations will be made at these events.) 

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Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Social
Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30

Needham School Garden Social 
Wednesday, August 31st at 5:30

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Social
Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 04:00 PM

Dryland Farming & Cover Crops

This workshop will cover facts and statistics about agriculture in Southwest Colorado and dryland farming in particular, the challenges of dryland farming, and ideas about how to enhance the sustainability of dryland farming. The use of cover crops to reduce soil erosion, enhance soil fertility and biological activity and the suppression of weeds will be covered. These workshops are provided for farmers, landowners, backyard and community gardeners, and the general public. This workshop is most applicable to dryland farmers.

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

   

    

               

Workshop Presenter

Abdel Berrada
Abdel Berrada“I was born and raised on a family farm in Morocco where we grew olives and other fruits, legumes, and grain cereals. I studied agricultural sciences (crop & soil sciences, animal science, agricultural engineering, and agronomy) at the Agronomic and Veterinary Institute in Rabat, Morocco with one year of coursework and field training at the National Agronomic Institute in Paris, France. I earned a PhD in agronomy from the University of Nebraska­Lincoln in 1983. All my professional life has been devoted to agricultural research and outreach. I worked in Morocco, Sub­Saharan Africa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado. I have been with Colorado State University (CSU) for 22 plus years, most of it as a Research Scientist and Manager at the Southwestern Colorado Research Center in Yellow Jacket, CO. Since I have been here, we have tested numerous crops (alfalfa, barley, dry bean, corn, cover crops, oilseed crops, potatoes, sorghum, industrial hemp, etc.) and developed management practices to optimize their performance. When planning research and outreach programs and activities, we consult with our advisory committee, CSU faculty and Extension, and other partners to make sure that what we do is relevant to SW Colorado. In addition to field research, we organize workshops and field days to present research results and to inform the public about our programs and about relevant innovations in agriculture. In my spare time, I like to read, walk, garden, and explore the beautiful Four Corners Area.”


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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE

Registration is required.

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 07:30 AM · $15.00 USD

Tour de Farms 2016

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TICKETS ARE NOW CLOSED ONLINE.

As of 9 pm on Friday, Aug 19 there are about 9 spots available for each ride. Show up early at your preferred location tomorrow morning and we may be able to fit you on the ride. We can't make any promises, so don't be disappointed if we can't accommodate you. Thank you.

 

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016

What: Tour de Farms highlights what is unique, healthy and homegrown in our agricultural and gardening community.

Short Route:

Meet at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, at 7:45 am to check-in. Ride departs at 8 am prompt. This leisurely bike ride will visit 3 backyard gardens, Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, and the Miller Middle School Garden in Durango. Approximately 5 miles.  All riders MUST WEAR A HELMET.

Start & End: La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Optional ride or drive down to Ska Brewing for the after-party.

Long Route:

Meet at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St, at 7:30am to check-in. Ride departs at 8 am prompt. The long tour will go down La Posta Road and CR 214 and will include 2 stops at backyard gardens, 2 farms, Sunnyside Meats and Table to Farm Compost. Approximately 25 miles, for experienced riders. All riders MUST WEAR A HELMET.

Note: We recommend touring, cross or mountain bikes for the Long Route this year. Road bikes will be prone to flats on the rough gravel roads. The terrain for the ride is flat and rolling, paved for 16 miles with 9 miles of gravel/dirt roads.

Start & End: Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St.

 
After-Party & Local Foods Lunch:

From Noon - 2pm at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St. Music by Six Dollar String Band, special local food lunch by Zia Taqueria, and beer from Ska.

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Partial Benefit for Neil Hannum, Chip Peddler

Our friend and fellow local food advocate, Neil Hannum, was in a traumatic bicycle accident in June. Although is injuries were severe, he is expected to make a full recovery with time. We have increased adult ticket prices by $5 this year so that the extra can go towards Neil's recovery and medical expenses. The Chip Peddler sells his locally sourced, GMO-free corn tortilla chips across town and regularly to Zia Taqueria, who provides the lunch for the Tour de Farms each year. Since the Tour is about bicycles and local food, we think it's a great fit to benefit Neil, such a wonderful member of our community.

Additional donations can be made on Neil's GoFundMe page or locally at the First National Bank of Durango.

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Event organizers:

Tour Logistics & Volunteers: Darrin Parmenter, CSU Extension

Registration & Sponsors: Sandhya Tillotson, The Garden Project

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Friday, August 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM · 25 rsvps
La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango

School Garden Program Training by Slow Food

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Agenda:

9:00    Welcome and Introduction to Slow Food

9:30    Slow Food USA’s School Garden Guide- Best practices on how to develop and maintain a school garden program. Includes volunteers, fundraisers, marketing, school garden committees. Some discussion on Long Term sustainability of school gardens.

11:00  Slow Food USA’s Good School Garden Curriculum- Introduction to Sensory Education and hands-on cooking activity

12:30  Lunch prepared by participants

1:00    Garden to Cafeteria toolkit and training

2:30    Slow Food USA’s Youth Farmers’ Market manual and training

3:00    Ark of Taste programs

3:30    Wrap-up and general questions

4:00    Departure and distribution of classroom materials


If you would like to tour some of our gardens, please join us for the 10th Annual Tour de Farms the next day on Saturday, August 20th! (Register for the Short tour if you want to see the in-town gardens).

Coming from out of town? Camping recommended at Junction Creek Campground, 5 miles up a dirt road outside of town, 15 minutes from the Fairgrounds.  Basic sites are $20/night and reservations are available online.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 06:00 PM

Canning 101 Workshop

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Learn how to safely, skillfully can your vegetable and fruit abundance to eat throughout the winter.
We will be canning apricots at during the workshop (the first 10 participants to sign-up get to take home a jar of canned apricots!)
Workshop Presenter  

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Rachel Turiel is a freelance writer, urban homestead tender, and aficionado of all things DIY in the kitchen, much to her children's chagrin.

She teaches workshops and blogs at 6512andGrowing.

 

 


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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, August 10th). 
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

Registration is required.

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

 

Friday, August 12, 2016 at 05:30 PM

Thistle Workshop

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Come learn with Katrina Blair from Turtle Lake Refuge about thistles - how to control them but even more so, how to love them!

Workshop will cover the benefits of thistles to humans, to soil, to pollinators, etc, what the alternatives to chemical sprays are, and how to make and apply the alternatives that Turtle Lake has now used on 500 acres in the Telluride valley and on 600 acres around Electra Lake. 

A hands on demonstration of making and applying the alternative thistle control.

Workshop Presenter  

    

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"When Katrina Blair was eleven she had a life-changing experience where wild plants spoke to her, beckoning her to become a champion of their cause. Since then she has spent months on end taking walkabouts in the wild, eating nothing but what she forages, and has become a wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef, teaching and presenting internationally about foraging and the healthful lifestyle it promotes." Founder of Turtle Lake Refuge and author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival.

 


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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, August 10th). 
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

Registration is required.

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

 

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 05:30 PM
Patsy's Patio! in Durango, CO

Pampered on the Patio

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RSVP for this fun event on the Pampered Chef website!

20% of all product sales will be donated to The Garden Project's school garden cooking classes! If you are unable to attend the party, please review the WISHLIST and shop online for this worthy cause & yourself!

For more info check out the event on Facebook!

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016 at 05:30 PM · 6 rsvps
Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, 1100 Avenida del Sol

Garden Social at Manna Soup Kitchen Garden

We'd like to invite our members, individual donors, business sponsors and partners to join us in the garden for a fun social hour!

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Come tour the gardens with our board members and staff, see what you are supporting, and meet other supporters! Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Come to one social, or all three! We look forward to seeing you in the garden! (No requests for donations will be made at these events.) 

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Watch a short film about Manna's garden HERE.

Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Social
Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30

Needham School Garden Social 
Wednesday, August 31st at 5:30

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Social
Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30

 

Sunday, August 07, 2016 at 09:00 AM
OUTSIDE at the Park on E 30th St. and 3rd Ave

'Ohana YOGA

Breathworks with Joy
Offers
Gentle Hatha Yoga with Joy Kilpatrick
to support the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
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OUTSIDE at the Park on the corner of E 30th St and 3rd Ave
by the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden


Sunday Mornings in August:
August 7th and 14th
from 9am-10am


Bring your own yoga mat, water, and if you need props bring those too.


FREE! Donations accepted to support the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM

Your Health and the Microbiomes in Our Gut & Garden Workshop

Science has just begin to show the importance to our health of the microorganisms in our gut. As gardeners, we are always talking about soil health and the microorganisms that create it. So what's the connections between those microorganisms in our gardens and our guts? How can we foster healthy microbiomes to be healthier people?

Find out with this Nutritionist-Farmer couple, Hana Renee and Daniel Fullmer.

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Hana Renee: Health Coach, Reiki Master, and Yoga Teacher of Peaceful Warrior Wellness- " ​In 2011 my body was covered in an oozing rash, my immune system was a mess, and my belly was always bloated (plus gas, diarrhea, and constipation). I couldn't sleep but I couldn't get out of bed either. I was unable to get outside to climb, bike, run, or hike. I was determined to regain my health and after years of education, research, and experimentation I have come to understand one simple truth: health starts in the gut."

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Daniel Fullmer is the owner and operator of Tierra Vida Farms, a market garden committed to growing the most nutrient dense vegetables possible at the base of the San Juan Mountains.  Daniel says "Soil health is essential for quality and production in the challenging mountain conditions of the Desert South West.  Soil is the home for plants, it is where they get their food, water, and protection.  Roots are not simply straws sucking water and nutrients from inert dirt.  Roots form a living connection to an entire underground community of micro organisms that rely on plants to deliver energy from the sun through the roots and into the soil, feeding those micro-organisms. "

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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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, July 13th). 
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

 

Registration is required.

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Southerland Farms in Aztec, NM

Produce Pickup for Manna Market

Volunteers needed to pick up vegetable donations every Wednesday from Southerland Farms in Aztec.

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A fueled van will be provided.  
Volunteers need a valid driver's license and insurance card.
Produce must be at Manna by 3:30, but pickup can happen anytime that morning/afternoon.

The produce will be distributed at the Manna Market where food insecure people may take home fresh and local produce for no cost.

Please contact Amy the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org. Thanks!!! 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 at 05:30 PM · 2 rsvps
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

Workday & Potluck: July - Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

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July Workday & Potluck
Wednesday, July 6th
5:30-7:30pm
at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
(Potluck afterwards at 7:30, bring a dish to share!)

We will be working on the Permaculture Food Forest with Grant & Kathy Curry of the Permaculture Provision Project. Grant is a big proponent of the STUN Method. Every heard of it? It stands for "Sheer, Total, Utter Neglect". That may sound a little backwards to all you hard working gardeners but the idea is based around the principal that we receive many free gifts from the Earth that require little or NO action on our part. Come learn more.

Bring thick gloves, wheelbarrows, and clippers if you have any!

Don't forget about our volunteer benefits, including 15% off at Durango Natural Food Co-op!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 05:30 PM

Black Gold: Home Vermicomposting - How Worm Poop is Good for Your Garden

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Learn how worm composting will help your garden! 

Vermicomposting means worm composting, the process of letting worms breakdown material and turning into a nutrient-rich, micro-organism filled compost.

This hands on workshop will explore the benefits of worm castings (yup, that means worm poop!) to the plants in your garden and how to set up a vermicompost system. Called "black gold" by many gardeners because of its amazing benefits, vermicompost is the best natural fertilizer for your garden and you can make it for free right at home! 

Workshop Presenter  

    

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Greg Hopkins operates Breen Mesa Farm and was a compost specialist at the Univ. of Hawaii Maui College.  He has extensive background in various forms of composting as well as regenerative soil development.  His farm also hosts Veteran Homestead Project teaching homesteading skills to combat veterans as a means of self reliance and healing.


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.

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

Find the full list of Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshops HERE. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, June 8th). 
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

 

Registration is required.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 05:30 PM
Multiple Locations

Conservation Education Workshop Series 2016

 The La Plata Conservation District and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado are partnering to provide education about soil & water conservation and sustainable agriculture.

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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.

Why is this important?

  • La Plata County has a rich agricultural heritage, but interest in agriculture needs encouragement among younger generations.

  • Local farmers and landowners can have some of the largest impact on soil and water conservation in our region through proper sustainable agriculture practices.  

  • Each year, weather patterns, water levels and snowpack are becoming increasingly unpredictable in SW Colorado.

By educating our county about conservation, people will know more about sustainable agriculture and soil & water conservation, will understand the importance, and will be inspired to put that knowledge into practice.

Join us for a FREE monthly workshop series exploring the importance of soil and water conservation from a practical, economical and sustainable viewpoint. Workshops are available for farmers, landowners, backyard & community gardeners, and the general public.

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These workshops are provided free for the community through a grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program.

Additionally through this grant, youth will be engaged in order to develop environmental stewards from an early age through school garden programs. More info HERE.

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Sign-up at www.laplatacd.org.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 05:30 PM

Ignite Your Health - Small Space Gardening Workshop

In this FREE presentation, Brooke Frazer, The Garden Project's Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Manager, will get you ready for the garden season with essentials like soil health, seed selection, garden design, and info on the SW CO/Durango climate, and more.

Presented by Mercy Regional Health Center and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, this is the second of six interactive sessions that will address how easy, affordable, and tasty it can be to achieve better health through proper nutrition. Details about upcoming classes available online at mercydurango.org. (Note: Event is listed on Mercy Website as "Square Space Gardening")

Seating is limited. Register at the link or by calling 970-764-3999. Note: Check out the facebook event but make sure you register with Mercy in order to reserve your spot.

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Workshop Presenter  

    

               

Brooke Frazer holds a masters degree in appropriate technology from Appalachian State University. She 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.

 


Cost: FREE

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please register online at mercydurango.org (This includes OKCG Ohana, please register on ther Mercy Website). (Note: Event is listed on Mercy Website as "Square Space Gardening").

Find the full list of OKCG workshops HERE and the Ignite Your Health Workshop Series HERE

Do you need Childcare during this workshop?

$5 per child ages 3-10 (All ages welcome)
NOTE: Minimum of 3 kids needed before childcare will be provided

Fun and educational garden activities
On-site at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Parent must provide snack
Must sign up minimum 1-week in advance (Sign up by Wednesday, May 4th).
To request childcare please email mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

 

Sunday, May 01, 2016 at 05:30 PM through May 31, 2016 · $30.00 USD · 1 rsvp
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden - 564 E 30th Street

2016 OKCG Garden Workshop Series

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 The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Workshop Series offers monthly classes throughout the gardening season. 


Cost:

FREE

Note: These workshops are provided free for the community in partnership with the La Plata Conservation District through a grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program. Find the full list of Conservation Education workshops HERE.

Location:

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
564 E 30th Street
(Unless otherwise stated)


Space is limited, pre-registration required

To purchase the full OKCG workshop series for the discounted rate of $30 ($10/class plus 3 free classes) please fill out the info below.
Otherwise, please follow the links for the individual workshops to reserve you place.


Click the name of the workshop to go to the sign-up page!

Small Space Gardening Workshop
(Part of the Ignite your Health! workshop series with Mercy Regional Health Center)
Wednesday, May 11th
w/ Brooke Frazer, Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Manager

Black Gold: Home Vermicomposting - How worm poop will help your garden 
Wednesday, June 15th
5:30-7:30pm
w/ Greg Hopkins, Veterans Homestead Project

Your Health and the Microbiomes in Our Gut & Garden
Wednesday, July 20th
6-8pm
w/ Hana Renee, Peaceful Warrior Wellness & Daniel Fullmer, Tierra Vida Farm

Canning 101
Wednesday, August 17th 
6-8pm
w/ Mikel Love, Registered Nutrition Dietitian and Canner Extraordinaire

Seed Saving
Wednesday, September 21st
5:30-7:30pm
w/ Rachel Marie Bennet, Southwest Seed Library

Healthy Soil
Wednesday, October 19th
5:30-7pm

For reminders about upcoming workshops please subscribe to The Garden Project e-newsletter.

For info on and resources from past workshops check out our What’s Growing Blog.

 

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 01:30 PM through April 26, 2016
Needham, Park, Riverview, Miller Schools

After School Garden Programs Spring 2016

After School Garden Programs

Spring 2016

This Spring, Dirt Club (grades K-2) and the NEW Garden Team (grades 3-5) and Garden Squad (grades 6-8) students will engage in Gardening, Cooking & Art through Fun-filled, educational and hands-on activities in our school gardens!

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dirt Club: On Mondays from 1:30pm - 3pm
Riverview Elementary (K-5)
Park Elementary (K-5)
Needham Elementary (K-2)
Dates: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23

Garden Team:
Riverview Elementary - on Tuesdays from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. (Grades 3-5). Dates: April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24
UPDATE: Park Elementary - this program has been combined with Dirt Club on Mondays.
Needham Elementary on Thursdays from 3:00pm - 4:30pm. (Grades 3-5). Dates: April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26

Garden Squad (grades 6-8): from 3:10pm - 4:40pm
Miller Middle School on Wednesdays. Dates: April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25

Please return registration forms with payment (cash, check, or scholarship form) to your school’s front office by: April 8th

April 12th Update: Registration Extended!

For Questions Contact: Taylor Henzler

 

Needham Elementary: Dirt Club and Garden Team Flyer and Registration Form

Park Elementary: Dirt Club and Garden Team Flyer and Registration Form

Riverview Elementary: Dirt Club and Garden Team Flyer and Registration Form

Miller Middle: Garden Squad Flyer and Registration

Scholarship Form

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 at 11:00 AM through April 07, 2016
Zia Taqueria

Zia Days 2016

Eat at Zia Taqueria to benefit our school and community garden programs!

April 5th - 7th, 2016

All day at both Zia North and South locations.

Enter to win a $25 gift card each time you eat at Zia!

A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Garden Project.

Join the Facebook event!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 06:00 PM

Jr. Gardeners Summer Camp

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM through November 13, 2015
Zia Taqueria, North & South Locations

Zia Days 2015

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Eat at Zia Taqueria to support Local Gardens!

November 10th - 12th
All Day!
North & South Locations

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Garden Project to support school and community gardens in La Plata County!

Please share the word with your friends on Facebook!

Every time you eat at Zia (November 10th - 12th) enter to win a drawing for a $25 Zia Gift Card AND Garden Project gloves!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 06:00 PM · $60.00 USD
Eolus Bar & Dining in Durango, CO

One Garden at a Time - Farm to Table Dinner 2015

You're Invited!

To our delicious annual fundraiser event to support school and community garden programs in La Plata County.

Thursday, October 29th from 6 - 8pm at Eolus Bar & Dining's Rooftop Patio

Tickets are Sold Out!

But we still encourage you to come out and help us pack the house downstairs:

Eolus will be donating 10% of all dinner proceeds on October 29th to The Garden Project. So encourage your friends to eat dinner downstairs or get a few drinks!

Rooftop Event:

Come celebrate the harvest with us! All food is being provided by local producers and Chef Chris Cowl of Eolus has created a spectacular menu for your enjoyment!

Locally sourced beer, wine and desserts will also be provided.

There will be a Silent Auction and a request for donations at the event. These donations will enable us to continue to offer school and community gardening education programs in 2016.

Thank you for helping us grow a healthier community one garden at a time.

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Local Ingredients from:

550 Farm, 81301 Coffee, Adobe House Farm, Adobe Milling, All Seasons Farm, Banga’s Farm, Bread, Elicia Whittlesey, Fields to Plate Produce, James Ranch, Koby Westerholm, Lazy Ewe Dairy, Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, Matt Hauser, Mountain Roots Farm, Rowher’s Farm, Sarah Wright, Sunnyside Meats, Sutherland Farms, Twin Buttes Gardens, Wild Mesa Farm, Wily Carrot Farm, Windsong Farm

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 05:30 PM · $15.00 USD

Winterizing Your Garden

POSTPONED: Due to rain this workshop has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 14th at 5:30.

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Did your garden take good care of you all summer producing lots of tasty, healthy veggies? Well then it deserves some rest and recovery so that it will be ready for next season. Learn how to put your garden to bed so that it can be rested and ready in the spring!

 

Workshop 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: $15/person
*Check the Local First Coupon book for workshop ticket deal!*

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below. Find the full list of workshops HERE.

 

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 05:30 PM through October 06, 2015 · $80.00 USD
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden - 564 E 30th Street

2015 OKCG Garden Workshop Series

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The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Workshop Series offers monthly classes throughout the gardening season. Workshops are offered every 2nd or 3rd Monday of the month (unless otherwise stated).


Cost:

$15 per person per class or $80 for all 8 workshops ($100 value)
(FREE for OKCG members)

*Check Local First Coupon Book for workshop ticket deal*

Location:

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
564 E 30th Street
(Unless otherwise stated)


Space is limited, pre-registration required

To purchase the full OKCG workshop series for the discounted rate of $80 ($10/class) please fill out the info below.
Otherwise, please follow the links for the individual workshops to reserve you place.


Click the name of the workshop to go to the sign-up page!

Cover Cropping for Soil Health *FREE*
Saturday, March 7th
w/ Mia Carrasco-Songer, OKCG Garden Manager

Gardening Basics
Monday, April 20th
w/ Brooke Frazer, Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Manager

Growing Tomatoes in SW Colorado
Monday, May 11th (NOTE: 2nd Monday of July)
w/ Shari Fitzgerald, Garden Project Founder

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Monday, June 15th
w/ Travis Custer, San Juan Mycology

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Monday, July 13th (NOTE: 2nd Monday of July)
w/ Miranda Martori 
@ Powerhouse Science Center

Wild Wisdom of Weeds
Monday, August 17th
w/ Katrina Blair, Turtle Lake Refuge

Season Extension
Monday, September 21st
w/ Mike Nolan, Farmer at Mountain Roots Produce

Winterizing your Garden
Saturday, October 5th
w/ Brooke Frazer, Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Manager

For reminders about upcoming workshops please subscribe to The Garden Project e-newsletter.

For info on and resources from past workshops check out our What’s Growing Blog.

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 05:30 PM · $15.00 USD · 4 rsvps
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden - 564 E 30th Street

Season Extension

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With 300+ days of sunshine (but only an average 110 frost-free days) Durango is the perfect place to use season extension techniques to prolong our growing season. Want to learn how to make a low-tunnel or a cold frame? Or how to use Christmas lights or Walls of Water to protect your plants? Join us in learning all the best techniques for your home garden to get the most out for the growing season (aka more veggies for you!).

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Mike Nolan of Mountain Roots Produce in Mancos, CO has been farming at 7600 ft. since 2011. He was an apprentice at the University of Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and in recent years has taught classes for the local Colorado Master Gardener Program.


Cost: $15/person
*Check the Local First Coupon book for workshop ticket deal!*

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below. Find the full list of workshops HERE.

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM through October 14, 2015

Dirt Club Fall 2015

This Fall, Dirt Club students will engage in Gardening, Cooking & Art through Fun-filled and Educational activities in school gardens.

 Programs available at:

Riverview Elementary Dirt Club

Session 1:K - 2nd Grade

Session 1: 4 Mondays: September 21, 28 October 5, 12 from 1:30 - 3pm

Session 2: 3rd - 5th Grade:

Session 2: 4 Wednesdays: September 16, 23, 30 October 7 from 3 - 4:30pm

Students meet at the Riverview main office & walk to the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

Riverview Flyer and Registration Form

 

Needham Elementary Dirt Club, 1st - 3rd Grade:

4 Wednesdays: September 16, 23, 30 October 7 from 3 - 4:30pm
Held in the Needham school garden.

Needham Flyer and Registration Form

 

Park Elementary Dirt Club, 1st - 3rd Grade:

4 Thursdays: September 24, October 1, 8 and 15 from 3 - 4:30pm

Held in the Park Elementary Learning Preserve.

Park Flyer and Registration Form 

 

Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary Dirt Club, K - 5th Grade:
Not schedule at this time. If there is enough interested by students and parents we may offer the Club. Please contact Taylor Henzler if you're interested.

Flyers will be going home in Friday Folders on September 4th.

Registration forms may be turned in to the main office of your kid's school. 

Scholarship Forms 

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 07:30 AM · $12.00 USD
Smiley Building in Durango, CO

Tour de Farms 2015

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Join us for the 9th Annual Tour de Farms!

When: Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

What: Tour de Farms highlights what is unique, healthy and homegrown in our agricultural and gardening community.

Bike Route Options

6-mile: "Family Friendly" ride visiting backyard gardens, community gardens and farms in town.

25-mile: Leisurely ride visiting backyard gardens, farms and hoop houses in the Animas Valley.

Where: Meet at the Smiley Building lawn on E. Third Ave to start both the short and long routes. Finish both tours at the Smiley Building. Ride or drive to Ska for the after-party.

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Details:

Registration starts at 7:30 am

Long Route Departs at 7:45 am

Short Route Departs at 8:00 am - Don't be late!

After-Party at Ska starting at Noon

All riders MUST WEAR A HELMET

Volunteers needed: Contact Susan Bradley to volunteer.

Event organizers: Darrin Parmenter & Sandhya Tillotson

Sign up Below!!!

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

Wild Wisdom of Weeds

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You will look at those weeds you have been pulling all summer differently after this tour of the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden with Katrina Blair.

 

Workshop Presenter  

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"When Katrina Blair was eleven she had a life-changing experience where wild plants spoke to her, beckoning her to become a champion of their cause. Since then she has spent months on end taking walkabouts in the wild, eating nothing but what she forages, and has become a wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef, teaching and presenting internationally about foraging and the healthful lifestyle it promotes." Founder of Turtle Lake Refuge and author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival.


Cost: $15/person
*Check the Local First Coupon book for workshop ticket deal!*

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below.

 

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 05:00 PM · $5.00 USD

Pies in the Garden

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Open House & Pie Tasting Contest
Join us for the 2nd year at our savory and sweet pie tasting extravaganza and celebration of our community garden!

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$5-$10 suggested donation (kids 12 and under are free) OR submit at pie for a ticket!
Ticket includes pie tasting, prize drawing, and voting for best pie!

Music by Lars Schwaebe on Saxophone and Chris Petty on Keyboard!

Pie Tasting Contest!
Anyone can submit a pie (and everyone should!)

There are 2 categories:
Sweet and Savory

Prize for the winner of each category!
Everyone who tastes can vote!

Contest Rules

1.     Must submit one (1) 9-inch pie (feel free to bring more!)
2.     Bring two (2) copies of the ingredient list (no need for baking directions, one with your name, one without.
        *Does not have to be an original recipe but must cite source*
3.     Submit pie day of event between 5:00pm-5:30pm

 

For questions please contact Mia at the mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

Volunteer to receive a free ticket!

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 4 rsvps
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

Volunteer for Pies in the Garden 2015

All volunteers receive 1 free ticket to the event.

Please sign up for a shift below

3:00 - 7:45 pm VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Have an understanding of the event, schedule, and activities. Manage volunteers throughout the event. Required to meet with Mia at least once before day of event. 

3:30 - 5:00 pm SET UP: Assist with setting up tables, signs, etc. (2 people needed)

4:30 - 7:00 pm KIDS ACTIVITIES: You will be provided with all materials necessary. 

4:45 - 7:00 pm FLOATER: Greet musicians, walk around and see if other volunteers need help, bring other volunteers pie, etc. 

6:45 - 7:45 pm TAKE DOWN: Take down tables, signs, etc. Clean up pie tables. (2 people needed)

 

For more information on the Pies in the Garden Event

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

The Science of Cooking

You are what you eat. Know more about who you are.
What is really happening to the molecules when you fry an egg? Grill a steak? Steam your broccoli? Bake bread? Most importantly, why does it matter?

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Improve your cooking, optimize your nutrition, better your life.

Special guest Miranda Martori empowers you with skills to increase your health and feed your family with techniques and recipes for homemade bread and slow cooked soups.
Also learn about grilling, easy slow cooking in the crock pot, appetizers, desserts, salads, and more.

The Science of Cooking has something for everyone. 
Stock your pantry, preserve your budget, entertain, comfort, care.
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Miranda Martori comes from a family of cooks and eaters, none by trade but all for the love of good food. "Perhaps it is my family's heritage, Italian, that inspires this love. Or perhaps it is simply the consequence of having a large family, with so many bodies the few times we're all together is seated around a table enjoying a meal. Whatever the reason, my family inspired me to cook and more importantly to cook well." 

"This is where the science of cooking  comes in for me. Just like building a table or painting a beautiful portrait we must understand the "why" of what we are doing to do it well. Why do we add eggs to cookie dough? Why must we cook it at that temperature? And why are there so many steps in this recipe? Aided with this knowledge of "why" I am allowed to let my creative spirit wander onto the cutting board and the real fun begins!"

 


Cost: $15/person

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below. Find the full list of workshops HERE.

NOTE: This workshop will be held at the CSU Fairgrounds Kitchen at 2500 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301

 

Monday, July 06, 2015 at 09:00 AM

Summer Camp Purchase

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Purchase Summer Camp Sessions below

Session 1: July 6 - 10. Space Available.

Session 2: July 13 - 17. Full.

Session 3: July 20 - 24. Cancelled

Session 4: July 27 - 31. Space Available.

 

Find out more about the Jr. Gardener's Summer Camp

Register your child for Summer Camp

Don't want to register online? Download the application form here. Please mail the application to: The Garden Project, PO Box 4434, Durango, CO 81302, along with your check for $200.

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

Mushroom Cultivation

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Join Travis Custer from San Juan Mycology, LLC for a hands on workshop on how to grow edible, culinary mushrooms at home. We will learn the fungi life cycle, their amazing role in ecology, how they build soil, and how to cultivate mushrooms at home. All ages welcome!

We will be making mushroom kits to take home so you can grow your own. The workshop costs $20 with home-grow mushroom kit or $15 without. UPDATE: Mushroom Kit SOLD OUT (but you can still attend without bringing home a mushroom kit)

 

Workshop Presenter  

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Travis Custer has been involved in agriculture for the past 8 years focusing on the development of sustainable local food systems through permaculture, soil health, research and education. In 2010 and 2011 Travis spent time in Northern Nicaragua working on seed saving and permaculture projects. Most recently he has worked with business partner Gabe Deall to develop San Juan Mycology, a gourmet mushroom production company that also focuses on the use of fungi to clean up the environment; a field known as mycoremediation. Travis is currently working on a project with CSU extension and Ft. Lewis College to look at the use of fungi in cleaning up persistent herbicide contamination of agricultural soils. He also currently sits on the board of the Mancos Conservation District where he hopes to continue to advocate for young farmers and continued protection of local soil and water resources. Travis lives in Mancos, CO and is the proud father of a 3 year old boy named Eddy. He looks forward to continuing his life in the four corners growing food, teaching and advocating for healthy land and communities. 

 


Cost: $20/person with home-grow mushroom kit or $15 to attend.
Must sign-up by May 18th in order to take home a mushroom kit.

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below. Find the full list of workshops HERE.

 

Monday, June 08, 2015 at 10:00 AM through August 31, 2015
Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango, CO

Manna Garden Apprenticeship Program

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What: To introduce urban farming/gardening as an endeavor that enriches the lives of teens in La Plata County.

Every week will focus on a different sustainable agriculture topic. Students will achieve a certificate for each topic covered that will be proudly delivered to them at the end of the Summer Program. This curriculum runs from June through August until school resumes.

To attend, please RSVP to the event below, or email Brooke Frazer, Garden Coordinator.

Who: This garden apprenticeship is aimed at teen gardeners. No gardening experience required.

Where: Manna Soup Kitchen Garden

When: Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm with a break for a free and delicious lunch provided by the Manna Soup Kitchen

Topics:

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June 8th - Food Justice

June 15th - Introduction to Plants

June 22nd - Growing Plants from Seeds

June 29th - Crop Management Part 1

July 6th - Crop Management Part 2

July 13th - Succession Planting

July 20th - Weeds and Weeding

July 27th - Growing Methods Part 1

Aug 3rd - Growing Methods Part 2

Aug 10th - Irrigation

Aug 17th - Introduction to Bees

August 27th - Slow Food

August 31st - Harvest Party

This program is provided through a grant by Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 at 05:30 PM · $15.00 USD

Growing Tomatoes in SW Colorado

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Tips on growing, starting, and choosing the best tomato varieties for our area.  We will discuss choosing varieties that suit our growing season, as well as personal preference and use. The workshop will address choosing healthy starts, transplanting, and preparing beds and trellises for tomatoes.  

 

 

 

Workshop Presenter  

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Shari Fitzgerald is the co-founder of The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado and founder of Greens and Things Children’s Gardens. She has been supporting youth and community gardens since 1998. She's also served as the Program Coordinator for Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado and helped lead the coalitions’ Community Food Assessment Report. Shari still works in the schools and raises 3 kids, chickens, goats, pigs, llamas, and vegetables.

 


Cost: $15/person
*Check the Local First Coupon book for workshop ticket deal!*

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below. Find the full list of workshops HERE.

 

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 03:00 PM · $40.00 USD
Meet at Riverview, Held at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

Riverview Dirt Club 3rd - 5th Graders

This Spring, Dirt Club students will engage in Gardening, Cooking & Art through Fun-filled and Educational activities in the garden!

Ages: Open to 3rd - 5th Graders.

Times: Program will run from 3:00 - 4:30 pm on Thursdays

Dates: April 30, May 7, 14, 21

Cost: $40 for 4 weeks and is limited to 12 students.
Limited scholarships available.

Students will meet by the Riverview main office at 3pm and walk down to the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden with the Dirt Club Educator.

Parent Pick up will be at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (at 564 E. 30th St.) at 4:30pm.

A healthy snack will be provided each afternoon.

Please email us if you would like to apply for a scholarship: thegardenprojectswco@gmail.com

Please Purchase your Dirt Club sign-up below.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 03:00 PM · $40.00 USD
Needham Elementary School Garden

Needham Dirt Club

This Spring, Dirt Club students will engage in Gardening, Cooking & Art through Fun-filled and Educational activities in the garden!

Ages: Open to 1st – 3rd Graders.

Times: Program will run from 3:00 - 4:30pm on Tuesdays

Dates: April 28, May 5, 12, 19

Cost: $40 for 4 weeks and is limited to 12 students.
Limited scholarships available.

Students will meet in the Needham multipurpose room at 3pm.

Parent Pick up will be at the garden at 4:30pm.

A healthy snack will be provided each afternoon.

Please email us if you would like to apply for a scholarship: thegardenprojectswco@gmail.com

Please Purchase your Dirt Club sign-up below.

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 01:30 PM · $40.00 USD
Meet at Riverview, Held at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

Riverview Dirt Club K - 2nd Graders

This Spring, Dirt Club students will engage in Gardening, Cooking & Art through Fun-filled and Educational activities in the garden!

Ages: Open to K - 2nd Graders.

Times: Program will run from 1:30 - 3pm on Mondays (Early Release)

Dates: April 27, May 4, 11, 18

Cost: $40 for 4 weeks and is limited to 12 students.
Limited scholarships available.

Students will meet by the Riverview main office and walk down to the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden with the Dirt Club Educator.

Parent Pick up will be at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (at 564 E. 30th St.) at 3pm.

A healthy snack will be provided each afternoon.

Please email us if you would like to apply for a scholarship: thegardenprojectswco@gmail.com

Please Purchase your Dirt Club sign-up below.

 

Friday, April 24, 2015 at 02:35 PM · $40.00 USD
Fort Lewis Mesa School Garden

Fort Lewis Mesa Dirt Club

This Spring, Dirt Club students will engage in Gardening, Cooking & Art through Fun-filled and Educational activities in the garden!

Ages: Open to K - 5th Graders.

Times: Program will run from 2:35 - 4:05pm on Fridays

Dates: May 1, 8, 15, 22

Cost: $40 for 4 weeks and is limited to 12 students.
Limited scholarships available.

Students will meet by the FLM school office at 2:35pm.

Parent Pick up will be at the front of the school at 4:05pm.

A healthy snack will be provided each afternoon.

Please email us if you would like to apply for a scholarship: thegardenprojectswco@gmail.com

Please Purchase your Dirt Club sign-up below.

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 05:30 PM · $15.00 USD

Garden Basics

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Kick of the gardening season with this introduction to gardening. A great refresher for all gardeners and introduction for new gardeners.

Learn about the basics you need to plan and grow a successful garden!

 

 

 

 

Workshop 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: $15/person
*Check the Local First Coupon book for workshop ticket deal!*

Space is limited, pre-registration required. Please purchase ticket below.

 

Saturday, March 07, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden - 564 E 30th Street

Cover Cropping for Soil Health

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First workshop of the 2015 Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Workshop Series

This workshop will cover some basics of soil health and why cultivating a healthy, living soil is the best thing you can do for your plants and veggies. Explore the benefits of cover cropping and how to choose the right mix of seed for your soil and gain experience with a hands on seeding of the Food Forest cover crop at the community garden. We will also learn, hands on, how to take a soil sample for a soil test for your garden.

Workshop Presenter: Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Manager, Mia Carrasco-Songer


Don't miss this special offer! 
Workshop cost: FREE ($15 value)

Space is limited, RSVP required.

This workshop is part of the 2015 Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Monthly Workshop Series

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 08:30 PM through March 01, 2015
CSU Fairground Exhibit Hall in Durango

7th Annual Homegrown Food Retreat

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Presented by the FLC Environmental Center and Growing Partners


This year's theme is Hungry for Change: Where food systems, justice, and access converge. This is the 7th annual food retreat and it is always an inspiring event whether you are a food producer, advocate, or consumer. Features Ted-style talks to help you to engage with and learn more about food deserts, hunger, access, social justice and more.

$20 Suggested Donation (includes locally sourced breakfast and lunch)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM through December 28, 2014

Wrapping up 2014

We had a very full and successful 2014! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and community partners! We'll be posting upcoming events for 2015 here once they're scheduled, as well as on the Calendar. Check the What's Growing Blog to see what the gardens were up to last season! See all previous Garden Project events on the Event Archives page.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Eolus Bar & Dining in Durango, CO

One Garden at a Time - Farm to Table Dinner 2014

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We would like to invite you to our annual fundraiser event:

One Garden at a Time - a benefit for The Garden Project

Thursday, November 13th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
at Eolus Bar & Dining's Rooftop Patio
Tickets available at the bottom of this page.

Come enjoy a local foods evening of delicious drinks and appetizers to support school and community gardens in La Plata County.

All food is being provided by local producers and Chef Chris Cowl of Eolus has created a spectacular menu for your enjoyment!

Locally sourced beer, wine and cocktails will also be provided.

There will be a request for additional donations at the event - which will enable us to continue to offer school and community gardening education and opportunities in 2015.

All donors will be entered into a drawing for gift baskets of local foods, jams, and honey, as well as other prizes.

Thank you for helping us grow a healthier community one garden at a time.

Event Sponsors include:

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Tickets are SOLD OUT!

But, if you would still like to support us, please make a reservation to eat dinner at Eolus on the same night, downstairs. 10% of all dinner proceeds will be donated to The Garden Project. Thanks!

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 08:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Durango Farmers Market

Farmers Market 2014

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Volunteer at The Garden Project booth for the morning!

We need your help selling t-shirts and hats, handing out brochures and asking people to sign up for our newsletter and volunteer opportunities.

We'll also be promoting an event we're doing in November.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 at 11:00 AM through October 10, 2014
Zia Taqueria, North & South Locations

Zia Days 2014

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Eat at Zia Taqueria to support Local Gardens!
October 7th - 9th
All Day!
North & South Locations

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The Garden Project to support school and community gardens in La Plata County!

Please share the word with your friends on Facebook!

Every time you eat at Zia (Oct 7th - 9th) enter to win a drawing for a $25 Zia Gift Card AND Garden Project hat!

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Sunday, October 05, 2014 at 11:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Buckley Park

Apple Days 2014

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Volunteers are needed to help at The Garden Project's booth at the Apple Days Festival. We'll be doing fun apple related activities with families and educating folks about our gardens. We will train you up so that you feel prepared to help.

Please sign up below to volunteer with The Garden Project!

If you are interested in picking apples or pressing juice for the event - please contact Celeste Greene at Growing Partners. Celeste@growingpartners.org

To find out more about this Growing Partners event, go to:

http://www.growingpartners.org/2014-apple-days.html

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD

Fermentation Workshop

Learn the history and science of fermentation. Participants will learn what is necessary to make many different ferments, including fruit and vegetable, dairy, vinegars and beverages. Participants will sample many different ferments and take home a pint of kimchi, made in class with local/organic ingredients. Handouts and recipes included.

Participants are responsible for bringing 1 pint jar with lid, the rest of the ingredients will be supplied.

Space is limited. Must sign-up in advance.

***SOLD OUT***

This workshop is part of the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshop series. It is free for OKCG members and $15 for other community members.


Workshop Presenter  

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Rachel Turiel is a freelance writer, urban homestead tender, and aficionado of all things DIY in the kitchen, much to her children's chagrin.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Manna Soup Kitchen

Canning Extravaganza at Manna!

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Help CAN marinara sauce for the Manna Soup Kitchen to use all winter long!

Local farmers are donating tomatoes, onions, garlic and oregano.

Now we need your help to can jars and jars of tasty marinara for the families at Manna Soup Kitchen.

Sign up below to volunteer!

See the flyer that went out to Farmers here.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 04:00 PM · $5.00 USD

Pies in the Garden

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Open House & Pie Tasting Contest
Join us for our savory and sweet pie tasting extravaganza and celebration of our community garden!

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$5 per person (kids 12 and under are free)
Ticket includes pie tasting, prize drawing, and voting for best pie!
*Submitting a pie (savory or sweet) get you in FREE*

Music by the Stillwater Foundation. Join us for some great tunes from so talented, local youth!

Pie Tasting Contest!
Anyone can submit a pie (and everyone should!)

There are 2 categories:
Sweet and Savory

Prize for the winner of each category!
Everyone who tastes can vote!

Contest Rules

1.     Must submit one (1) 9-inch pie (feel free to bring more!)
2.     Bring two (2) copies of the ingredient list (no need for baking directions, one with your name, one without.
        *Does not have to be an original recipe but must cite source*
3.     Submit pie day of event between 4:00pm-4:30pm

 

For questions please contact Mia at the mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org

Volunteer to receive a free ticket and more!

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

Volunteer Pies 2014

All volunteers receive 1 free ticket to the event.

Please sign up for a shift below

3:00 - 4:00 pm SET UP: Assist with setting up tables, signs, etc. (2 people needed)

3:00 - 6:45 pm VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: Have an understanding of the event, schedule, and activities. Manage volunteers throughout the event. Required to meet with Mia at least once before day of event. BONUS: You get at TGP T-shirt

3:30 - 6:00 pm KIDS ACTIVITIES: You will be provided with all materials necessary. BONUS: You get a TGP T-shirt!

3:30 - 6:00 pm FLOATER: Greet musicians, walk around and see if other volunteers need help, bring other volunteers pie, etc. BONUS: You get a TGP T-shirt!

5:45 - 6:45 pm TAKE DOWN: Take down tables, signs, etc. Clean up pie tables. (2 people needed)

 

For more information on the Pies in the Garden Event

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM · 1 rsvp
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

OKCG Workday September

Community Members, Families, Master Gardeners:

Come out to the garden on Saturday to help plant donated plants from the Botanical Concepts Garden Center to expand our permaculture food forest.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM · 2 rsvps
Needham Elementary School Garden

Needham Garden Workday September

Parents, Teachers, Families, Master Gardeners:

Come out to the garden on Saturday to help plant donated grapes, honeysuckle and more from the Botanical Concepts Garden Center at the school garden!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD

Intro to Canning Workshop

Have a bunch of veggies you can't wait to eat but too many to eat right now? Then canning is for you!

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Space is limited! Please RSVP.

This workshop is part of the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshop series. It is free for OKCG members and $15 for other community members.

We will be holding this workshop in Manna Soup Kitchen's new Culinary Training Building.


Workshop Presenter  

    

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Rachel Turiel is a freelance writer, urban homestead tender, and aficionado of all things DIY in the kitchen, much to her children's chagrin.

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

Seed Saving Workshop

How can something so small as a seed be so important?

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Find out at the Seed Saving Workshop along with hands-on experience learning to harvest and save your own seeds! Become part of our community actively preserving our region's heritage and biodiversity by saving seeds.

This workshop is part of the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden workshop series. It is FREE for OKCG members and $15 per person for all others.


 Workshop Presenter  
Monea Monroe started the Southwest Seed library and is a certified permaculture teacher. She was on the design team for the Colorado Permaculture Guild and is currently co-teaching the Permaculture Design Course. 

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Monday, July 14, 2014 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

Garden Harvest Cooking Class

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Join us as we learn more about getting those delicious veggies from our gardens into our stomachs!

Michelle Wilson, from SNAP Nutrition Program Education, will be passing on some helpful recipes and hints for how to use veggies we tend to have plethora of and also to encourage our kids to eat them!

The whole family is welcome!

This workshop is $15 per person (FREE for OKCG Members)


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Sunday, June 01, 2014 at 08:00 AM · $45.00 USD

Permaculture Workshop

Join us for a half-day hands-on workshop and learn how to create edible food forests and food resiliency. Lunch provided by Turtle Lake Refuge. Hands-on permaculture instruction at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

*Note: The 2.5 day workshop with Scott Pittman was canceled.

 

We hope that you will be joining us for this great experiential learning opportunity with our experienced and knowledgeable presenters!
 
Co-leading the workshop will be:
Frank LeBeau is a lifelong organic gardener, graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, and is a certified Colorado Master Gardener. Frank incorporates Biological, Biodynamic, French Intensive and Permaculture practices in his gardening in order to grow high yields of nutrient dense crops. He designed the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden using permaculture ideas.
Monea Monroe is a certified permaculture teacher, took the advanced design course with Peter Bane, and teacher training with Scott Pittman.  She was on design team for the Colorado Permaculture Guild, started the Southwest Seed library and is currently co-teaching the Permaculture Design Course. She is also working on bringing the Colorado Permaculture Convergence to our area in Spring 2015.
*When you purchase a ticket for the workshop you will be taken to the Donation page, scroll down and complete the payment and we will be able to distinguish that it is payment for the workshop and not a donation* Thank you!
Sunday, May 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM · $15.00 USD

Basic Garden Start-up and Design Workshop

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Taught by OKCG Designer Frank Lebeau.

We are kicking off the second season at Ohana Kuleana Community Garden with some helpful hints for your backyard (or community!) plot. All the basics you need to design and plan your garden. At the Community Garden: E 30th St and 6th Ave (below Riverview elementary).

This workshop is back by popular demand as it was a hit last year!

Workshops are free for OKCG Members and $15/person for the public.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, 564 E. 30th St.

Garden Start Up & Design Workshop

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Manna Soup Kitchen

Garden Days at Manna

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 08:00 AM
Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

2014 Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Registration

Do you need a space to garden this season?

Join us at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden!

Space is filling up fast!

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To Register:

Print the application (double sided if possible), fill out, and mail to

The Garden Project                                 

PO Box 4434                                

Durango, CO 81301  

Let us know  if you have preferences on where you would like a plot (e.g. "I want a plot next to Jane and John Doe (2013 members)", "I want a plot along the main path", "along the berm", etc). Keep in mind if you intended to grow tall plants and what they may shade.    

*Please note, we will do our best, but may not be able to accommodate all requests. Thank you for being flexible!

 

Once your plot assignment has been confirmed you will be required to pay the membership fee by May 5th or your plot may be reassigned.

 

 

Friday, April 12, 2013 at 08:00 AM through April 13, 2013 · $205.00 USD

Ecosystem Greenhouse Workshop

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado is sponsoring a two day workshop on design, construction and management of greenhouses for year-round food production.  Taught by Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute (CRMPI) and architect, Michael Thompson, this workshop in Basalt, Colorado will introduce you to an innovative geo-solar design that allows you to grow crops during the coldest Colorado winters.  This design is suitable for small backyard gardeners or large-scale organic farmers.

 

Our sunny climate generates a lot of solar energy that can be used to heat a greenhouse even when outdoor temperatures fall below zero. The excess heat that builds up near the ceiling of a greenhouse during the day can be channeled underground through inexpensive plastic tubing and stored in the thermal mass of the soil. This warmed earth then heats the greenhouse throughout the night.

This type of system is called a "climate battery".  In the summer it has the opposite effect, acting like an air conditioning system to cool the greenhouse.  This cutting edge technology is simple and affordable.  It allows the greenhouses at CRMPI to grow tropical crops such as papaya, banana, tomato, peppers and figs at 7200 ft. elevation year round.  For more detailed information and to view a video on this subject visit http://www.crmpi.org/ or click on http://www.ecosystems-design.com/.

 

 
WHAT:  Greenhouse Workshop and Tour
 
WHERE:  Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Basalt, CO 
 
WHEN:  Friday and Saturday, April 12-13
 
COST:  $205 with limited enrollment.  With full enrollment (12 attendees) the cost would be $155. The more attendees (up to 12) the cheaper the price.
 
CONTACT:  Frank LeBeau at lebeau_frank@yahoo.com  or call (970) 903-8120
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 
  • We will car pool from Durango
  • We will most likely leave late afternoon Thursday. It is about a 5 hour drive to Basalt
  • Affordable lodging is available in nearby Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, or Glenwood Springs or free camping at the Institute
  • They will serve us breakfast and lunch 
  • Dinner (soup and salad) can be provided at an additional fee
  • We will be back early evening on Saturday.
AGENDA
Day 1
How to design the greenhouse for maximum energy efficiency
  • Spacing, depth and direction of underground tubing size and location of fans
  • Use of additional thermal mass storage such as water walls or gravel beds 
  • Back up heating for extended cloudy weather

How to design the frame structure
 
  • Best and most cost-effective building materials for frame - wood or metal? 
  • Best and most cost-effective glazing - glass, polycarbonate, greenhouse film? 
  • Height and pitch of roof 
  • Dimensions, best floor plans for maximizing production 
  • End walls, doors, and ventilation Insulation

Cultivation of crops
  • Raised beds or in-ground? 
  • Design and layout of beds 
  • Special considerations for greenhouse production - pest control, humidity, fertility
 
Day 2
Greenhouse tours: 
  • Greenhouses at CRMPI
  • 3 additional greenhouses in the Roaring Fork Valley - geodesic dome structure at high school, commercial vegetable farm, and tilapia farm

 

 

 

 We look forward to having you join us for this exciting workshop event!