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Farmington Food Forest

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

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

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Gardening 101 Workshop 2017

VEGETABLE GARDENING 101

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, April 25, 2017

Keoki Moore

 Workshop Presenter

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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


 

PLANNING

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

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Ohana Kuleana Community Garden 2016 Season Highlights

In 2016 our 35 groups of garden 'ohana harvested over 2,600 lbs. of produce! Yum!

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Here are some of the highlights from the season...

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Giving back to our soil (without breaking our backs!)

I am not scared of my heavy, clay soil anymore!

Turns out there is a great tool that helps amend your soil (down to 12 inches!) while preserving the vital soil structure neccessary for healthy, living soil without breaking our backs in the process! It's called a broadfork

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OKCG October Workday: Winterizing the Food Forest


This time of year we are getting the garden ready for winter. In the food forest that means making a nice bed for our perennial plants.

Fall is a good time to plant trees. Once the leaves fall off the tree go ahead and plant it. You can help the plant get a head start on the spring by encouraging root growth in the fall.

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Strong roots equals a strong tree.

We wanted to encourage root growth in our already planted trees as well. Here is what we did:

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Seed Saving Basics: Cultivating Community Resilience Workshop

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Rachel reminded us that when we look at a seed even though "we don't necessarily see anything there is a vital life force" contained within.

The food that we depend on to survive and thrive is contained within that tiny seed.

Here is what we learned about preserving that precious resource, about saving seeds:

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Leadership

Over 2 months ago I started a journey to transform my leadership abilities.

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this possible for me. Over 20 community members donated to help me be able to afford this valuable training. THANK YOU!

I enrolled in the 9-week Leadership training course, Climbing the Leadership Ladder. 

My vision is to grow a healthier community by empowering and engaging people to use their experience, passion, skills, and knowledge to shape our community.

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But how do I EMPOWER people? How do I meaningfully ENGAGE people?

I understood these words theoretically but I was stuck when it came to actual practice.

This leadership training helped me find the tools I need and, even more importantly, helped me learn to BE the leader I want to be.

Here is a little peak into my leadership journey:

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Canning 101: Apricots!

My world has always involved a grocery store where, any time of the year, I can choose from an array of food (apples, bell peppers, kiwi!, asparagus!, and more).

I am guessing that has been your experience too. But that wasn't always an option. Before super markets and international shipping, in order to eat people had to rely on what was growing at the moment or what they could store. And after a snowy winter in Colorado you can bet folks came up with some very resourceful ways to ensure they had food throughout the year - whether that was drying, dry storage in root cellars, to fermenting, and eventually to freezing and canning.

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Thanks to FLC Rec Services from OKCG

Thank you to the Fort Lewis College Rec Services Professional Staff and Interns who come out to plant a guild in our food forest in August!

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Healthy Microbiome Workshop - July 2016

Your Health and the Microbiomes in Your Gut & Garden -
Conservation Education Workshop July 2016

robknight_tedbooks_microbes1.jpg"It turns out that we are only 10 percent human: for every human cell that is intrinsic to our body, there are about 10 resident microbes — including commensals (generally harmless freeloaders) and mutualists (favor traders) and, in only a tiny number of cases, pathogens." - Michael Pollen

If our bodies are 90% microbes then we should be paying attention to them!

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