growing a healthier community one garden at a time
 
NEW: Our mission is to grow a healthier community through the support and development of school and community garden programs that promote health and wellness, environmental stewardship and a sustainable local food system.
NEW: We envision a thriving, healthy community where people are connected to their land, their food and each other through gardens. 
Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers this year! We had a very productive year at Manna Soup Kitchen garden and the new Ohana Kuleana Community Garden. Major construction at Needham Elementary School's garden has been completed and students are looking forward to planting in their garden beds this Spring! in the photo above Needham students are sheet mulching the raised beds with newspaper, llama manure and leaves during our annual Farmer Days!
Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado is hiring an Events Coordinator to help plan the Homegrown Food Retreat, Tour de Farms, Apple Days and more! Check out the job description here.
Cooking Matters is hiring a full-time Program Coordinator to coordinate Cooking Matters’ food skill-based nutrition education courses and grocery store tours.  Check out the job description here. 
The Durango Farmers Market is hiring a Market Manager for 2014. Check out the job description here and the application here. 
Offered by the Old Fort at Hesperus:
Community Partners offer Skills Workshop for developing Alternative Markets for Small Farmers

Are you currently producing vegetables, fruit or meat in southwest Colorado? Are you interested in expanding beyond traditional markets but don’t know where to start? Several community partners in southwest Colorado will be offering a skills workshops followed by individual consultations to assist you with developing alternative markets.
 
On Wednesday, December 4th (Durango) and Thursday, December 5th (Cortez) a Skills workshop will be held from 3 pm until 8 pm. Topics will include developing crop plans and record keeping templates, pricing products, selecting cover crops for fruit and vegetable production, understanding meat quality and creating a brand and logo.  The Durango workshop will include developing food safety plans and completing school bids.  

Registration ($12 before Nov 29th; $16 after) includes dinner from local businesses and skill building resources.

The workshops will be followed by the opportunity to schedule individual consultations in January and February. These meetings will allow you to work one on one with local experts to assist you with crop planning, recordkeeping and financial planning, livestock production plans, food safety plans and developing price lists for your operation.

Community partners working together to bring you these events include Fort Lewis College, Colorado State Extension, LiveWell Montezuma, Twin Buttes, San Juan RC&D, Sunnyside Meats, Farm-I, Southwest Lamb and is supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2012-49200-20030.
Contact Beth LaShell at 970-385-4574 or email theoldfortathesperus@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Register for events at http://tinyurl.com/4CMarketing 

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