10th Annual Tour de Farms - 2016

Thanks to coming out for the 10th Annual Tour de Farm!

We celebrated what is unique, healthy, and homegrown in our agricultural and gardening community with a 6-mile family-friendly ride and a 25-mile experienced ride. (Plus this year a portion of the proceeds were donated to help the recovery of Neil Hannum, The Chip Peddler).

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And thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible!

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Manna Market Success!!!! More Food Rescue for the Future

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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. The market served 81 people and distributed around 400 lbs of fresh produce and fruit. Typically around 100 lbs of produce comes from the Manna Garden and the rest of the produce is donated by Durango Farmer's Market, local produce stands or other local farms who have excess produce. Typically around September we begin to get calls in from local farmers because they may have extra produce but they certainly don't have the capacity to pick it all (aka glean) and donate.

The Manna Market was started as an outlet to get fresh organic and local produce to food insecure families who need it. The garden serves the market and produce was formerly distributed as a weekly CSA. The Manna Market serves more local families than the CSA and offers people a selection similar to that of the farmer's market. The market setting also serves to create a sense of belonging at farmer's markets.

A secondary but very important aspect of the Manna Market is diverting fresh and nutritious produce from the waste stream. After visiting and working on different organic farms and gardens, it becomes apparent that a lot of food either goes to waste in the field or gets thrown in the compost pile due to time restraints. If only there was a funded local group dedicated to capturing that food waste. The outlet for distribution exists but the gleaning hands don't yet. Hopefully this blog post will leave you with the inspiration to either start a Durango Food Rescue crew of gleaners or it leaves you with a thoughtful hope for capturing more food waste.

 

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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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After School Garden Programs Fall 2016

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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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2016 Four Corners Permaculture Convergence

"Permaculture seeks paradise...an why not?" - Bill Mollison

This year the 2016 Four Corners Permaculture Convergence was hosted by Gary & Debby Fourstar at Thunderbird Ranch.

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Film Highlighting the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden

Thanks to City of Durango TV for creating this film about what we are doing up at the Manna Soup Garden Kitchen.

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Collaboration Award Recieved

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We received the "Collaboration Award" from Celebrating Healthy Communities!

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Things are Growing Folks! Including our Manna Programs

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OKCG July Workday 2016: Peach Guild

Progress on our Permaculture Food Forest continues. This time under the experienced direction of Grant and Kathy Curry from the Permaculture Provision Project.

 

At our July Workday we planted a Peach Tree Guild!

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