August 2016 Newsletter - 10th Annual Tour de Farms: Saturday, August 20th. Get your tickets now!

Join us to celebrate what is
unique, healthy and homegrown
in our agricultural and gardening community.

Bike Route Options:

Short Route - Approx. 6-mile: A leisurely family ride visiting backyard gardens, community gardens and farms on the West side of Durango.
Long Route - Approx. 25-mile
: A long ride for experienced bikers visiting backyard gardens, farms and hoop houses along La Posta Road, south of Durango.


After-Party & Local Foods Lunch: Music by Six Dollar String Band, special local food lunch by Zia Taqueria, and beer from Ska. Starting at noon at Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St.

Get your tickets today!

AUGUST GARDEN TIP OF THE MONTH

Powdery Mildew getting you down? Don't despair, worm tea is here to repair! (...your diseased leaves)! For plants with broad leaves like squash and cucumbers, worm tea can be used as a foliar spray. While most of us think about the soil food web as being root level, the leaves of a plant may demonstrate an imbalance in mircroorganisms and may benefit from the addition of worm tea.
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UPDATES
A healthy community is one where everyone has access to nutritious food!

Thanks to the City of Durango TV for producing this beautiful film about the Manna Soup Kitchen Garden
Join us for Gentle Hatha Yoga
with Joy Kilpatrick of Breathworks with Joy

Sunday Mornings
August 7th and 14th
9am-10am

FREE! Donations accepted to support the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

OUTSIDE at the park
Garden Social Hours!

Tours offered at each of our 3 showcase gardens. Come see what you are supporting, and meet other supporters! Appetizers and beverages provided.

(No requests for donations will be made at these events.)

Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Social
Tuesday, August 9th at 5:30

Needham School Garden Social 
Wednesday, August 31st at 5:30

Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Social
Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30

You’re invited!
"Pampered on the Patio"
a FUNdraiser to benefit The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado
August 11th 

RSVP for a FUN evening with Door Prizes, Giveaways, Cooking Class/Demonstrations and lots of Cooking Tips/Tools & Food! 

A 20% donation from all sales will benefit the school garden cooking programs.Invite a friend or two to join us on the Patio! For those who can't join that day, you can still support us!
Too Much Produce?
We can help get that produce to people who need it the most! Donate your produce to the Manna Market.
 
We learned about the microbes in our GUT and GARDEN!

Info from the last workshop.

2016 Four Corners Permaculture Convergence

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

Thanks to Growing Spaces for sponsoring two of our Staff and Interns to attend the convergance!

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

We love our community partners and volunteers! We truly couldn't do it with out YOU!

 

Botanical Concepts Customer Appreciation Super-Party!

Friday August 19th, 7pm 
2977 North Main, Durango

20% of all proceeds raised on the that night will go to The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado

 
Montezuma School to Farm is hiring!

Garden Coordinator positions in Mancos & Dolores.

Contact the Montezuma School to Farm Project
 
EDUCATION

Back to School!

Healthy Afforadable Lunch for All Ages
August 10th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Needham Elementary School Garden
FREE

Ignite Your Health!
Workshop Series

Presented by Mercy Nutrition Therapy and The Garden Project

Sign up HERE.

FREE Workshop

Thistle Care

Friday, August 12th
5:30-7:30pm
w/ Katrina Blair, Turtle Lake Refuge
at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

More info and Sign up HERE.
Part of the
Conservation Education Workshop Series

School Garden Program Training
by Slow Food USA


Friday, August 19th
9am-4pm
at the La Plata County Fairgrounds

FREE! with lunch provided

Join us for a full, educational day on: School Garden Curriculum, Youth Farmers Markets, Garden to Cafeteria, and a hands-on cooking demonstration

Must RSVP by August 15th.

FREE Workshop

Canning 101

Wednesday, August 17th
6-8pm
w/ Mikel Love, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
at the Manna Soup Kitchen Culinary Building

More info and Sign up HERE.
Part of the
Conservation Education Workshop Series

FREE Workshop

Dryland Farming & Cover Cropping

Wednesday, August 24th
4-6pm
w/ Abdel Berrada, CSU Extension Specialist
at the La Plata County Fairgrounds

More info and Sign up HERE.
Part of the
Conservation Education Workshop Series

FREE Conservation Workshop Series

The La Plata Conservation District in partnership with The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado is providing education about soil & water conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Read more HERE.
 
After-School Garden Programs
Fall 2016

6-weeks of our after-school garden programs, featuring hands-on learning about gardening, art, and cooking, will be provided at Needham, Park, Riverview and Miller Middle starting in early September

Registration opening soon!
Contact: taylor@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
OKCG Workday & Potluck
Saturday, Sept. 3rd from 10-12pm
at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden (Directions)
Gardening 10am-12pm, Potluck at 12pm

Bring food to share and a plate and silverware for yourself (to help prevent waste)
 
Manna Soup Kitchen Garden

Weekly workdays 
Wednesday from 9am-11am
1100 Avenida del Sol

Volunteers needed
to pick up vegetable donations every Wednesday from Southerland Farm in Aztec.

More info here.

Please contact Amy the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org
School Garden Workdays at Needham

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

Next workday: August 11th, Thursday from 10 - Noon
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