Who's itching to get out into the garden? The Garden Project is excited to get the gardening season started early this year! We not only offer a beautiful setting to get outside, but we also focus on making each work day a learning experience for volunteers. Questions about gardening? Bring them to the workday. This is a great time to quiz our staff about cool weather crops and seed starting (which should be on your mind right about now). We welcome all volunteers, no gardening experience required!Read more
Did you know that we harvested 1,335 lbs of produce at the Manna Garden this year? An increase of over 450 lbs from last year!
But that is just the tip of the iceberg....
...when there are leftover apples in the Manna culinary kitchen?
The Garden Project led a Canning 101 Workshop to add one more tool to the culinary-arts students' toolbox. Students canned apple pie filling for the holidays with the intention of sharing pie with friends and family!
The hustle and bustle of Manna Soup Kitchen on a Wednesday afternoon has increased this summer with the addition of the Manna Market free produce stand. The number of families attending Manna's wednesday night dinner has increased to an all time high. Prior to the Manna Market season, The Garden Project reached out to local organizations and non-profits who serve food insecure families. In addition to community outreach and community partners, word of mouth is also gaining momentum. The need is certainly here and the demand has for the most part been met. But with increasing momentum, the need for more food rescue efforts in Durango is certain.
August 24th was the largest Manna Market so far this summer...Read more
Thanks to City of Durango TV for creating this film about what we are doing up at the Manna Soup Garden Kitchen.
Well....I know all the river guides and boating enthusiasts are stoked to have such a wet and cool April this year. But as gardeners, we definitely notice that things are growing a bit slower than normal. Don't beat yourself up, don't get down on your garden, plants need sunlight to feed themselves and without it they might be slow to start. Now that May is here and the soil is starting to warm up, your plants will certainly have a growth spurt and germinate better in the warmer soils. One of the volunteers today reminded me, "Hey! it's only May in Southwest Colorado."
With all of this rainy + cool weather, we have been able to work on expanding the garden beds at Manna, getting the hoop house ready for tomatoes and cucumbers, and diligently applying biodynamic preps. We are ready for the growing season and our compost is looking amazing. We have already turned the pile twice this spring and it's composting with a great fervor. The bees are really happy this year possibly due in part to the return of biodynamic soil + compost preps this year. Wanna know what we use and when? Check out the list below. We order all of our soil preps from Josephine Porter Institute in Floyd Virginia.