February 2015 Newsletter

From the Director

I'd love to tell you that I've been drooling over seed catalogs for the past month, but to be honest I haven't even had time to think about it. You too? Don't worry! Gardening in my book is all about the enjoyment factor rather than strict planning and cataloging. Shocked?

I'd rather seed bomb my garden with several varieties all mixed together (somewhat intentionally) than meticulously planting each individual seed. (I know Darrin Parmenter with CSU Extension is shuddering in his boots.)

If you've already ordered all your seeds for the spring and have every square inch of your garden planned down to the square inch - good for you, you're way ahead of most of us! If you're like me you'll probably wait until April before flipping open a seed catalog.

But we procrastinators can get a head start if we choose to and select some really fun crops in the process. I'd like to plant some fava beans for the first time this year. While visiting my old elementary school garden in Santa Barbara, CA this past August I was able to volunteer for their garden club and take home a handful of fava beans, which were delicious (and grown by the kids)! I'll see if I have any luck growing them in SW Colorado.

If you're feeling up to it, here are a few seed catalogs I'd recommend. If not, save this newsletter away until April when you're panicking about getting your garden together. Either way, here you go, and good luck!

Make sure to check out all the fun things happening this month in the blurbs below!

Farm Direct Organic Seed - open pollinated seed grown by a family farm in Colorado
Johnny's Seeds - lots of variety and easy to order online
FEDCO Seeds - a co-op with lots of heirloom and organic varieties


By Sandhya Tillotson, Executive Director

Cover Cropping for Healthy Soil Workshop

Saturday, March 7th
We are offering the first class in the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden Workshop series FREE this year!  Find out more here

Become a Garden Project Member in 2015!

Get 2 free gardening workshops (valued at $15 each), a gardening gift, sticker and MORE for only $50/year or $4.17/month per family. Become a member today!

Mark your Calendar:

Homegrown Food Retreat, Saturday February 28th at the Fairgrounds

Hosted by the Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado, this year's Food Retreat is: Hungry for Change? - An interactive conversation mapping the gaps in our local food system and collaborating to ensure that all families have access to healthy, affordable food in our community. More info soon

Show your support for the Farm to School movement in Colorado

Sign the petition for HB15-1088. This bill will create a grant program to better enable Colorado farmers to sell their produce in our state’s public schools. Sign now!

Local Potatoes for Sale

Rowhers Farm had a bumper crop and is still selling delicious potatoes!

We are grateful to the Rowhers for donating to our annual farm-to-table event. Won't you take some tubers off their hands? Fingerling, Desiree, Mountain Rose, Purple Majesty potatoes and more for sale now. Call Judy & Heidi Rowher at 970-739-6162.

Miller Middle School Garden awarded the Whole Kids grant of $2,000

WhooHoo! Our newest collaborative garden project with Miller Middle School is under construction and will hopefully be ready for students to plant in the Spring! Way to go Miller Middle School Parent Action Committee!

Garden Shares at Manna Soup Kitchen

The best way to donate $500 in 2015

Provides a low-income La Plata County family with a box of fresh produce every week during the summer from the garden at Manna Soup Kitchen (plus recipes to take home). Donate today so that we can offer this program to 15 families in 2015. 
Status: 1 donation made, 14 donations needed

The Garden Project is pleased to join the Sustainability Alliance of of SW CO (SASCO) in resuming Durango Green Drinks in 2015!

 Durango Green Drinks offers a place for anyone in the area to come, mingle, meet others and chat about local sustainability issues. This informal get-together gives people the chance to learn about community sustainability issues, meet like-minded locals and simply have fun. 

Dates: Last Thursday of the month from February to October 2015 (First meeting Feb. 26th!)

Where: Carvers back room and patio from 5-6:30PM 

Who can attend?  Anyone! Business owners, sustainability professionals, community leaders, employers, job-seekers, singles, couples - anyone interested in a healthy planet and who wants to chat, mingle and catch up with old and new friends! 

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