Our annual fundraiser and farm-to-table event "One Garden at a Time" was a success!
Over 80 local foodies gathered on Eolus's rooftop patio to enjoy a fall harvest feast prepared by Chef Chris Cowl. If you thought you were tired of kale you haven't yet tried Chris's kale in coconut cream sauce concoction. Potatoes Au Gratin decadently layered sliced potatoes from Wily Carrot Farm with Belford cheese from James Ranch. A hearty beef stew and vegetarian chili warmed up the evening with local produce from Twin Buttes Gardens, Dove Creek beans and succulent Colorado beef.
Wines of the San Juan kept the wine flowing while The Garden Project's Executive Director, Sandhya Tillotson highlighted the organization's focus on building school and community gardens in La Plata County. Speakers from each of the The Garden Project's showcase gardens spoke about the impact that the gardens have had on the lives of homeless clients at Manna Soup Kitchen, students at Needham Elementary and community gardeners at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden. Garden Manager, Mia Carrasco-Songer added that, "We're not just growing food in the gardens, we're really growing community."
As candles twinkled on the cozy patio, faces glowed with inspiration - or maybe it was the local hot bourbon apple cider.
We heard from Jason Cloudt, of Manna Soup Kitchen, about how the Manna Garden, that The Garden Project Manages, has brought fresh produce to some of our most vulnerable community members through meals and our new CSA program that sends families home with fresh produce and recipes.
And from Bruce Spining, a Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Member, about how this garden is bringing the community together to plant "a twig", a metaphorical seedling that will grow to benefit and provide for the community for years to come.
Also, the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden was awarded the "Healthy Event Seal of Approval" by San Juan Basin Health!
Nora Stafford, a Needham Elementary 1st grade teacher talked to us about the joys of the Needham Garden and its connections with IB and common core curriculum standards. Macie Fogel, a Needham 4th grade student, told us how she enjoyed Dirt Club so much she came back to help the younger students as a Dirt Club helper!
The Garden Project’s long term vision is to see a shared garden in every school and neighborhood in La Plata County.
But it’s not going to happen overnight.
We are so grateful to everyone who donated to help us continue to provide and expand out gardening programs! We couldn't do it with out you! Even if you were unable to attend "One Garden at a Time" you can still donate HERE!
Thank you for helping us grow a healthier community one garden at a time!
A special thanks to Eolus for hosting us in their rooftop patio and for the delicious farm to table appetizers! And a thank you to all the sponsors who made this event possible.
Lead Event Sponsors :
Ecosphere Environmental Services
Pediatric Associates of Durango
Supporting Event Sponsors Include:
CSU Extension - Darrin Parmenter
Amber Johnson of Coldwell Banker
The Payroll Department
Wines of the San Juan
Monarch Residential Vaults & Ironworks
Ska Brewing - Bill and Dave
Peach Street Distillers from Palisade
James Ranch - Dan and Becca
Twin Buttes Farm - Brian & Stacey
Rohwers Farm - Heidi & Judy
LB Farm Co-Op - Denise
Sau-da-de Farm - Ben & Keith
Mountain Roots Farm - Mike
Wily Carrot Farm - Kellie
Bread - Rob
Animas Chocolate Company
Jennaye Derge Photography
Chicken Strange Stringband - Keith, Kyle and Dave