September 2015 Newsletter

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado's Board of Directors recently toured the Manna Soup Kitchen garden. The Board would like to thank YOU for engaging with our school and community garden programs. We couldn't do it without you.
Visit The Garden Project's booth at the Durango Farmer's Market on Saturday, Sept 5th and 12th from 8 am - Noon. Enter your name to win a free gardening workshop ticket! We'll have awesome tshirts, hats and gloves for sale and will be fundraising for our School Garden Program! See you there!

September Dirt Club After-School Gardening Program

At Needham, Riverview, Park and Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary Schools. Flyers going home in Friday Folders on Sept. 4th. Due to your school office by Sept 11th. More info here...

OKCG Upcoming Workshop:

Season Extension with Mike Nolan from Mountain Roots Farm
Monday, Sept 21st 5:30 - 7pm
With 300+ days of sunshine (but only an average 110 frost-free days) Durango is the perfect place to use season extension techniques to prolong our growing season. Join us in learning all the best techniques for your home garden.
Tickets $15/person.
Sign up online!
Meet our new AmeriCorps School Garden Coordinator!
Taylor Henzler will be serving the Durango community for the next year as the School Garden Coordinator at Needham Elementary through AmeriCorps. Taylor will be engaging local elementary school students with garden science, nutrition education, and self-sufficiency skills. Get to know Taylor...

Manna Workday goes to Sutherland Farms

Monday Sep 14th, 1 - 3pm
Aztec, NM
Wednesday Sep 9, 10:30am - 1pm. Contact Brooke
Community Events
8th Annual Iron Horse Chef
One time event held on Saturday Sept 5th from 9 to noon at the Durango Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of First National Bank of Durango on 8th Street, between Camino Del Rio and Main Avenue.
Celebrating Healthy Communities Interactive workshop to explore the Science of the Positive lead by Lauren Patterson, Tuesday, Sept 15th, 10:15-11:15am at the Fairgrounds. RSVP by Sept 11 to Lauren Patterson.
Durango 9R School District Job Positions Available!
Accepting applications for Nutrition Services Administrative Assistant and Cafeteria Cooks! Contact Krista Garand. Be part of the Farm to School success in Durango!
Animas Valley Grange Free Workshop
Water Quality in the Animas Valley with Ann Oliver of the Animas Drinking Water Alliance and the Animas Watershed Parnership

Sept 16th at 6:30pm
Contact Marie Roessler

OKCG Workday

Saturday, Sept 5th 9-11 am
Everyone welcome!

Join us to plant more of our permaculture food forest with local permaculturists Nick & Heather Bartow at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden.

Freezing Squash at Manna!

Monday Sep 14th, 1 - 3pm
Come learn how to freeze the vegetables that will just never go away, SQUASH! We will be dicing, chopping, and grating our ways to fresh nutritious winter time treats. We would love for you to come and help us put away food for the harsh winter! Contact Brooke
See What We've Been Up To

American Community Gardening Conference

This August The Garden Project staff Sandhya Tillotson, Brooke Frazer, and Mia Carrasco-Songer headed to Denver for the 36th Annual National Conference on Community Gardening. Read more on what we learned here...

9th Annual Tour de Farms was a Blast!

 On August 22nd we celebrated the 9th Annual Tour de Farms, a bike tour highlighting what is unique, healthy and homegrown in our agricultural and gardening community. Read more here...
Facebook Photo Album

Wild Wisdom of Weeds Workshop Write-Up

After trekking almost 100 miles, over 8 mountain passes Katrina Blair found her way back to Durango to teach us a little bit about the wealth of food hiding in the cracks of our sidewalks - or in between our garden beds. Read more here...
Apple Days Festival
Hosted by Growing Partners
Apple Picking: Saturday, Oct 3
Apple Festival: Sunday, Oct 4 at Buckley Park, Durango

Sign up to volunteer at this great family festival!

Join the Facebook event
Commodities Distribution & Produce Bounty w/ Cooking Matters & CSU Extension

Produce Bounty is an annual fresh food drive held in partnership with the Durango Food Bank's commodity food distribution to share fresh produce with families in need.

Bring your excess garden produce to the La Plata County Fairgrounds at the following times:
Sept 18 @ 12:00 - 5:00
Sept 19 @ 10:00 - 5:00
Sept 20 @ 10:00 - 5:00

Cooking Matters also need volunteers to help receive food at the above times and distribute food on Sept 21st 7:00-11:00AM, please sign up.
Durango Green Drinks
Hosted by Thrive! Living Wage Coalition
Sept 24th from 5 - 6:30pm at Carvers Brewing

Check out The Garden Project Event Calendar

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