June 2016 Newsletter

Aprils showers brought...more showers and now June will bring on the dry heat. Now is the time to mulch your beds! Leftover leaves from the fall (no walnut), straw (NOT certified weed-free), moldy hay, grass clippings, and cover crop clippings will all work well to keep your beds moist and cool. Lay the mulch on thick (2-4 in.) and adjust your watering to conserve.
Please add info@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org to your contact list to ensure these emails go to your inbox (and not your spam or promotions folder). Thanks!
Farmer Days was a huge success!

Needham's school garden was entirely planted by students, teachers, and local farmers.

Thank you to all of our local farmers: Max Kirks at the Old Fort, Stacey Carlson at Twin Buttes, Shari Fitzgerald the founder of The Garden Project, and Daniel Fullmer of Tierra Vida Farms!

Special thanks for Zia for donating gift cards to local farmers and the the Needham PTO for farmer stipends.
Thanks Animas High School Students
who came out for Osprey Week at the Manna Soup Kitchen.

Students covered the hoop hoose in plastic, mulched paths, filled raised beds with soil, and planted all the transplants.

Manna Garden volunteers filled the hoophouse with 4 varieties of both tomatoes cucumbers. All the hoophouse plants will be grown vertically using twine and tomato clips.
Come by and check out how many more tomatoes you can plant with vertical spacing!
Manna Garden Workday every Wednesday morning!  
The Manna Garden Internship
in cooperation with LPYS begins on June 8th. Teen Interns will particpate in weekly gardening lessons, garden expansion projects, and coordination of the Manna Market free produce stand. Thanks Maria's Bookshop for their donation to the internship program!

The Manna Garden is currently seeking donations to continue our expansion and ultimately provide more fresh vegetables to food insecure families. Almost 20% of the children in La Plata County are food insecure.
Table to Farm Compost

For each new customer who signs up and then shares the Table to Farm Compost page on Facebook Table to Farm Compost will donate $1 to the Garden Project.

Step 1: Sign up
Step 2: Share their Facebook page

Psst...Table to Farm just lowered their weekly pick up rate!
2nd Annual Four Corners Permaculture Convergence
July 15-17.
Hosted by Thunderbird Ranch at the base of the gorgeous La Plata Mountains near Mancos, CO.

Still accepting speakers and volunteers, before and during the event, so get involved! Contact Debbie Fourstar at debby4star@gmail.com

More info and tickets available at www.manyhorses.org 
The 10th Annual Tour de Farms Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Currently seeking backyard gardens, community gardens and farms in La Plata County for both the short and long tours.

Locations across La Plata County welcome.
Contact: Darrin.Parmenter@co.laplata.co.us

Save at DNF when you volunteer with The Garden Project! "15% off your purchase" coupon for every hour you volunteer.

Now your volunteer time with The Garden Project counts towards our local time bank! Hour Exchange La Plata (HELP), hours you can exchange for other services. More info HERE.

Black Gold:
Home Vermicomposting Workshop -

How worm poop will help your garden.

Wednesday, June 15th
w/ Greg Hopkins, Veterans Homestead Project
at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

More info and Sign up HERE.

$25,000 Grant Recieved!

The La Plata Conservation District in partnership with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado received funding to provide education about soil & water conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Read more HERE.

FREE June Conservation Workshops include:

Black Gold:
Home Vermicomposting -

How worm poop will help your garden 

Wednesday, June 15th
w/ Greg Hopkins, Veterans Homestead Project

Irrigation Management
June 24th, 2016      
at Old Fort Lewis
w/ Sterling Moss, Natural Resource Conservation Service

Ignite Your Health!
Workshop Series

Mercy Nutrition Therapy and The Garden Project present:

Hands-on Cooking on a Budget 
Tuesday, June 7th at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 La Plata Country Fairgrounds

Sign up HERE.

Jr. Gardener Summer Camp -
Still accepting registrations!

Visit our website for more information and registration forms.
School Garden Workdays at Needham

Let's Keep our garden growing while students and teachers are away on Summer break!

Remember we have volunteer benefits through Durango Natural Food Co-op and the HELP Time Bank.
OKCG Workday & Potluck
Saturday, June 4th from 10-12

at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (Directions)
Gardening 10-12, Potluck at 12pm
Bring food to share and a plate and silverware for yourself (to help prevent waste)

Thank Rotary Club of Durango for coming out to our May Workday!

Remember we have volunteer benefits through Durango Natural Food Co-op and the HELP Time Bank.
Adopt a school garden for a week this summer!

Sign up on Volunteer Spot to care for Miller Middle's School Garden or Park Elementary's School Garden for 1 week this summer.

Help us attend Leadership and School Garden Certification Trainings

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

There is still time to donate by June 16th!

Taylor Henzler
AmeriCorps Member 2015/2016
School Garden Coordinator

56% of funds raised!
($625 raised of $1105 needed)

Hopes to attend

The School Garden Coordinator Certificate Training
in Portland, Oregon

Dates: June 20th - 24th

"This training will give me the tools and resources necessary to cultivate successful school garden programs throughout La Plata County. This year I focused on Needham Elementary School and in the coming school year I hope to expand our garden programs more effectively at Riverview Elementary, Park Elementary and Miller Middle School."

Would you consider making a donation today? 

If 74 people make a $15 donation then I would have enough funds to go! 

Mia Carrasco-Songer
Garden Manager, Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, 2013-present

46% of funds raised!
($1126 raised of $2406 needed)

Hopes to attend

Climbing the Leadership Ladder training 
through DurangoLearns

Dates: Weekly, June 30th-Sept. 15th

"This training will help me bring people together to grow a healthier world, community, and self through the micro-model of community gardens. With talks of new potential community gardens at Three Springs and Ignacio, I need the training to become a more effective leader to empower the community to take on these types of projects. But, I can’t attend without your help. "

Would you consider making a donation today?

If 100 people each give $24 then I would have the funds to attend this training! 

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