April 2017 Newsletter - for the best newsletter experience view this email in your browser.

APRIL GARDEN TIP OF THE MONTH

It's time to get your old compost heap into working order. If you want to make soil, you need to maintain an active pile. Buy a compost thermometer and make sure to turn your pile (introduce oxygen) once the temperature drops below 110 F. If you have trouble getting above 120 F add some nitrogen (grass clippings, legumes) to heat things up. Add Biodynamic compost starter to supply microorganisms like benficial bacteria, fungi, and enzymes!
UPDATES
Join us this Saturday, April 8th for Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado's Homegrown Food Retreat! 
Come see our executive director, Sandhya Tillotson, in the Community Gardening Panel!
Find more information and RSVP here!
 
We went to Denver to learn from our friends at DUG (Denver Urban Gardens) and Slow Food Denver to figure out how to expand the impact of school and community gardens!

Check out some nifty tips for your school or community garden.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango will donate "Share the Plate" contributions to The Garden Project during the months of April, May & June.
We appreciate their commitment to diversity, inclusiveness & dialogue. TGP presented at the Sunday service on April 2nd.
Hands-on School Garden Programs
Garden-Based Science Lessons for ALL 9-R schools (grades k-5)
Join Us For Our Volunteer Orientation and Garden Tour

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado invites all new and returning volunteers to join us for a volunteer orientation and garden tour on Wednesday, April 26th from 5:30 - 7:30pm!

Please RSVP to Amy, our Volunteer Coordinator, to reserve your spot!
Volunteer@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org
Submit a Garden Event to The Garden Project

The Garden Project may post your event to our Facebook page, Newsletter, and/or Calendar to get the word out to our gardening community.

For a detailed description of information The Garden Project requests, visit our webpage
 
Hands-on School Garden Programs
Garden-Based Science Lessons for ALL 9-R schools (grades k-5)
Jr. Gardeners Summer Camp registrations are now open! 

Students will play outdoors, create art, grow and cook healthy food all week long; while learning about natural science, nutrition and creating a sense of community! 

For registrations and more information, visit our school garden webpage!
Spring Dirt Club Registrations close April 6th!

The Garden Project will be hosting after school Dirt Club at NeedhamRiverview, and Park Elementary beginning in April. 

Dirt Club students will be exposed to nature and growing food in their school garden. Students will participate in gardening, cooking, art, and engineering activities! 

Find Dirt Club registrations and scholarship forms here!
Hands-on School Garden Programs
Garden-Based Science Lessons for ALL 9-R schools (grades k-5)
Manna Garden Workdays have begun!

Join us in the garden for seasonal mini-lessons and work sessions.

Workdays are every Wednesday from 9am to 11am.

Bring a hat & water bottle.
No experience necessary!
Gardening 101 
 
This FREE presentation by Keoki Moore will get you ready for the garden season with essentials like soil health, seed selection, garden design, and info on the SW CO/Durango climate, and more. 
 
Tuesday, April 25th
Shared Harvest Community Garden
5:30pm
RSVP here
Hands-on School Garden Programs
Garden-Based Science Lessons for ALL 9-R schools (grades k-5)
Permaculture Food Forest
FIELD GUIDE
NEW resource to explore permaculture plant choices.

Discover human uses and ecological roles of the plants in the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Food Forest.
Thanks to Grant Curry at the Permaculture Provision Project for creating this amazing resource!
Sign Up for Ohana Kuleana Community Garden's 5th season!

On May 1st the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden will open for its 5th season!
Want to join?
For more info and to sign up visit OKCG Interest Sign-Up 

Availability is given on a first come, first serve basis.
COMMUNITY
Native Roots FREE Gardening Class
April 1st, 8th ,15th, 22nd, 29th 
Every spring, Native Roots offers a series of classes taught by their knowledgeable and experienced staff members for FREE!

Participation is limited to 20 people per class, so advanced sign up is recommended. Reserve your spot here
Tierra Vida Farms is participating in Live Well Colorado's SNAP Double-Up food bucks!

SNAP participants can buy one week's food box and get the next week's free!

Read more about their SNAP Double-Up food bucks here!
Tierra Vida Farm Events 

April 23rd: Create Health Workshop
Join Hana to explore the why, the what, and the how of creating healthy habits and build a step-by-step guide to success.

Find all of Tierra Vida's events here!
Roberta Shirley Center is looking for parents, staff and community members to form a school garden committee to support their new school garden!

Contact: Sloan Gingg at SGingg@sjbpublichealth.org
Farm Bill Listening Session in Durango

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet will host another round of Farm Bill listening sessions. 

April 14th 
2:30pm - 4:00pm 
La Plata County Administration Building, Board Room
RSVP here
Volunteer Opportunities at Fort Lewis Mesa  and Animas Valley Elementary! 

Fort Lewis Mesa is looking for a volunteer to help run an after-school garden program.
Contact: Shari Fitzgerald: sharifitz1323@gmail.com

Animas Valley is hosting a garden party to get their garden ready for the upcoming growing season on April 28th from 2:50 - 3:30pm 
THANK YOU BUSINESS SPONSORS!
Become a Member!
As we gear up for another growing season, we are especially in need of community support this time of year.
We're offering more programs and reaching more people than ever before with gardening education!

Would you consider becoming a Member and making an ongoing monthly donation of only $4.17/month? That's less than your monthly Netflix account! Help us grow a healthier community.
We'd love to have your business sponsor an event or program with us this year!

Check out our opportunities on our webpage
or 
Contact Sandhya at Sandhya@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org
Thank you to Durango Natural Foods and customers for the Roundup at the Register in March!

We raised over $200!
DNF has also generously contributed $800 in-store credit for our school & community garden programs in 2017!
Thank you to Durango Coffee Company for supporting The Garden Project with a $200 gift card!

Mia is scheduling meetings with community members to learn more about health & wellness issues facing our community and how our organization can be part of the solution. Do you have something to share?
Contact Mia to set up a coffee date: Mia@thegardenprojectswcolorado.org
Thank you to Durango Motor Company for sponsoring the Needham Elementary Garden in 2017 with $500 to support Farmer Days, Dirt Club & Summer Camp!
 
Thank you to Nature's Oasis for providing a full $200 scholarship for our Jr Gardeners Summer Camp. This makes all the difference for families that need assistance to attend great programs like this one!
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