March 2016 Newsletter

Spring After School Garden Programs - Registration Open!

6 week programs from April 18 - May 26

Dirt Club (grades K-2): from 1:30pm - 3pm on Mondays at Riverview, Park and Needham Elementary Schools

NEW Garden Team (grades 3-5): from 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Riverview Elementary on Tuesdays.
Park Elementary on Wednesdays.
Needham Elementary on Thursdays.

NEW Garden Squad (grades 6-8): from 3:10pm - 4:40pm
Miller Middle School on Wednesdays.

Registration forms and more info available on our website.
Cost: $60/program.
Scholarships available.

Please return registration forms with payment (cash, check, or scholarship form) to your school’s front office by: April 8th

For Questions Contact: Taylor Henzler

Volunteer Coordinator Needed!

Do you like talking to people, organizing new systems and engaging the community?
We are searching for a talented volunteer, who can coordinate our volunteer base. The ideal individual would be able to donate 5-8 hours per week organizing our volunteers: meeting with new volunteers, matching them to programs, entering information into our database,  and spending time getting to know all of our programs. Computer experience necessary.

Interested? Please contact Sandhya Tillotson.
THIS WEEK! Children's Ag Learning Facility (CALF) at the Four States Ag Expo happening March 17-19 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, Cortez CO. Hundreds of students from the Four Corners area will be attending the CALF field trip on Thursday and Friday. Students will engage in hands-on learning about animals, growing, and homesteading/trade skills. The Garden Project's school garden coordinator, Taylor, will lead one of the field trip activities focusing on water sources on planet earth. Students will have the opportunity to discover where water comes from, how it is recycled, and how humans have affected water on our planet.

Support provided by La Plata Conservation District, our newest partner!

Garden Tips of the Month

  • Water trees, lawns, and perennial beds when the temp. is above 40
  • Last chance to prune trees before buds develop
  • Sow Spring cover crops
  • Build new raised beds with frames or raised soil
  • Good time for soil sample if you didn’t complete one in fall
  • Order Onion Transplants for Spring Delivery
  • Start transplants in greenhouse or under grow lights (broccoli, cabbage, eggplants, leeks, lettuce, kale, peppers)- 12 weeks from frost date
Farmer's Market at Smiley Building this Spring
Eat local all year! Market from 3 - 6pm Wednesdays in March at the Smiley Building.  Farms include: Wild Mesa, Fields to Plate, Adobe House Farm, the Herdshare Program and Rohwers Farm. Read the Durango Herald Article. Photo courtesy of Durango Herald.
After School Greenhouse Club in Aztec, NM

Last week our School Garden Coordinator, Taylor, and our Fort Lewis College intern, Jasmine, went to visit the new After School Greenhouse Club at Park Avenue Elementary School in Aztec. With the help of their caring and passionate after school garden volunteer, Elisa Bird, students at Park Avenue are responsible and dedicated to planting and maintaining their greenhouse. Students are growing lettuce, carrots, radishes, kale and native gourds.

Dana Hawkins, Aztec Ruins National Monument Park Ranger, joined the after school club to share the importance of native plant varieties and their use in the Aztec Ruin's Heritage Garden. During Taylor and Jasmine's visit, students helped Dana germinate gourd seeds from Native Seeds/SEARCH. Once the garden is ready, these seeds will get planted at the Heritage Garden for the enjoyment of visitors and community members who visit the ruins during the summer.
Join us for Zia Days to support our school and community garden programs! April 5th- 7th at both Zia North and South locations.
Join the Facebook event!
AmeriCorps Position Available with The Garden Project

Interested in working with kids in school gardens, developing curriculum and learning about sustainable agriculture? Apply to be an AmeriCorps member with us for 1 year from August 2016 - July 2017. Apply now! Download the job description.
Jr. Gardener Summer Camp - Registration Now  Open

Kids will learn gardening and healthy cooking skills, create outdoor art and have fun! Special guest presenters each day!

Session 1: July 11 - 15
Session 2: July 18 -22
Session 3: July 25 - 29

Ages 6 - 10, Open to students from all schools / homeschooled

Held at Needham Elementary School Garden from 9 am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday
Cost: $200/ week
Registration form.
Scholarships available.
More info on website.
Contact Taylor Henzler with questions.

Garden Project Wishlist:

Chalk boards
Cork boards
Large shelves
Gently used garden tools

Drop off at TGP office - 862 Main Ave, Suite 222, Durango
Between 9 - 5, Monday - Friday

Volunteer with us this year!

Volunteers needed for after school programs, summer camp, general garden workdays and more!
Sign up to volunteer.
Interested in joining the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden?

Registration open to returning members March 1st. Registration open to new members March 28th. Sign up for the OKCG Interest List.
Thank you to Adobe House Farm!
Linley Dixon and Adobe House Farm will be growing our plant starts for the Manna Soup Kitchen garden this year. This is a huge donation of time and love for our little plants.  Thank you Linley for helping feed the folks in our community who need it most!

You can support Adobe House Farm (and many local farmers) by signing up for their CSA, which is part of the SW Farm Fresh Co-Op.
We're going to Farm to Cafeteria!

Thank you to everyone who donated to send our Executive Director, Sandhya Tillotson, to the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, WI in June!

In 24 hours the community raised enough money to cover Sandhya's registration and travel costs.

Sandhya is excited to bring back valuable tools and resources to expand our local farm to school movement. With immense gratitude ~ Thank you!
Community Calendar

March 24: High Desert Conservation District - Master Land Steward program starts. Register here.

March 29: Fort Lewis College 3rd Annual Sustainability Summit from 4:30 -8:30pm Free Food! Townhall meeting. Celebrate success together! More info here.

April 9: Growing Partners presents: 8th Annual Homegrown Food Retreat: Sharing Stories of Homegrown Leadership and Community Collaboration Saturday, held at Mancos School, Full Day. Register here.
Garden Planting Guide for Durango
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