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Cover Cropping for Soil Health: 1st Workshop of 2015

With snow of the ground but spring and the growing season present in our minds, we met at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden for the first workshop of the season. The topic: Cover Cropping for Soil Health.

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Awarded "Healthy Event Seal of Approval"

The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden has been awarded the "Heathy Event Seal of Approval" for Pies in the Garden from San Juan Basic Health Department, endorsed by the Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition, for providing a safe and healthy community event for La Plata County Children, Youth, and Families.

We earned their endorsement and the Seal of Approval for being a local asset-builder!

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Have you heard about the 40 Development Assets that help our youth grow up healthy, caring, and responsible?

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Season 2 Wraps-up

Our second season at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden was a success!

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We shared our triumphs, frustrations, joys, and dreams at the End of Season potluck.

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Here are some highlights:

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Home Depot Helps Out

The joys and benefits of gardening, from fresh veggies to therapeutic effects to a stronger sense of community, can touch everyone. At the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to discover and explore those joys and benefits.

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Fermentation Fun!

We live in a culture that fears bacteria.

But what we are learning is that bacteria are our friends and allies! They are all around us and intricately and intimately involved in our lives. And when it comes to food they offer us good health and good taste.

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Rachel Turiel continued are edible education with another preserving class: The Art of Fermentation

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Garlic Planting

This year we planted our very own Ohana Kuleana Community Garden garlic seed...the same garlic we harvested mid-summer this year!

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Last year we got our seed garlic from Homegrown Farm, they have been saving and planting there own garlic for years (Didn't grow your own? You can buy garlic from Homegrown at the Durango Farmers Market). It was very good seed garlic, we got HUGE cloves.

This planting is very special because we have now seen this garlic through a whole life cycle!

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Inaugural Pies in the Garden - 2014

Pies in the Garden, our open house and pie contest, was a huge success!

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We welcomed over 80 community members into the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden to celebrate our second season and the community who made it possible.

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Education Pavilion

Notice anything different?

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The Education Pavilion is complete!

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Yes we CAN can!

At the peak of summer bounty it's often hard to imagine how you could ever eat all of the produce coming out of your garden!

To solve that dillema there are many preservation options: Freezing, Drying, Fermenting, Canning. We got to dive into canning at this workshop and though many people express anxiety about canning with help from Rachel Turiel we found that we can can!

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Rachel gave us some great advice about canning...

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Blue Ribbon Veggies!

Hope everyone had a great time at the La Plata County Fair this year...or maybe I should say a 'seriously good time'!

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The Ohana Kuleana Community Gardeners submitted a basket of veggies to the La Plata County Fair. We are so happy to be part of the flourishing tradition of home-grown crops, home-raised animals, and home-made foods and products in our county.

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