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In our third season we harvested over 2,500 pounds of produce (up from 1,500 pounds in 2014) from the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.
Dove in to our Permaculture Food Forest with hands on learning at workdays (including a grant and volunteers from the Rotary Club of Durango on Arbor Day and Nick and Heather Bartow who taught us about the gift model) and with attendance to the National Permaculture Convergence.
Grew our gardening knowledge at monthly workshops covering topics like Growing Tomatoes in SW Colorado, Mushroom Cultivation, The Science of Cooking,The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, andCover Cropping for Soil Health.
The wheelchair accessible plot got growing with an awesome crew from Southwest Center for Independence.
Celebrated our 2nd annual open house, Pies in the Garden, with delicious homemade pie and mud pies making by kids (not for eating!).
2013 marked the first season for the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (OKCG) located on the north side of town at 564 E 30th Street, right below Riverview Elementary. Ohana Kuleana are Hawaiian terms that means “Community Responsibility: we all own each other’s actions.”
The garden is on a half-acre plot with over 12,000 square feet of growing space (4,500 sf berm surrounding the garden and 7,500 sf of plots). There are 45 plots available to be rented for the season (May-October)
Member fees are $75 for the growing season (includes 8 workshops) and a commitment of 2 volunteer hours per month.
Monthly workdays bring garden members together to share in hard work, harvest, and laughter.
Workshops provide education on organic gardening methods for the whole community.
2015 Infrastructure include:
- Parking area
- Porta-potty during the growing season
- 8 ft tall fence for wildlife
- Irrigation system
- Information board
- Permaculture garden design
- Education Pavilion
- Benches and tables
- Insectory for beneficial insects
- Compost system
Plans for the future include:
- Entryway landscaping
- Permaculture food forest on the berm
- Outdoor Kitchen / Cob Oven
- Rain garden
- Tool shed
- Bike racks
- Wheel-chair accessible bed
- Educational Signs
Location and Directions
OKCG is located on the north side of town at 564 E 30th Street on the corner of E 30th Stand 6th Avenue right below Riverview Elementary. Just 5 blocks from the Animas River Trail and 4 from transit stop #246 (29th St. & 4th Ave.) on Route 2 (FLC/North) it is convenient and easily accessible by transit, bike, or foot!
Driving directions: (Coming from Main Ave.) Turn onto E 32nd, take the first right after crossing over the river, take a left on E 30th Street, drive until it dead ends at 6th Avenue. The Garden will be on your right up the gravel drive.