April 2016 Newsletter

Manna Garden Workdays Started Today!
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Every Wednesday from April 13th - November 2nd from 9 - 11am at 1100 Avenida del Sol. Come learn gardening skills from Brooke while helping grow food for the Manna Soup Kitchen! Everyone welcome!
Contact Brooke about large groups.
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Volunteer with us!
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Farmer Days will be happening at Needham Elementary School Garden next month!

Over the course of 4 days in May, local farmers come to help Needham students prepare and plant their garden for a successful growing season.

Stay up-to-date on the latest from Needham's garden and to learn more about how The Garden Project is bringing Farm to School education to Durango.
The starts for the Manna Garden have found a beautiful and warm home in Adobe House Farm's high tunnel. Thank you Linley and Pete for providing soil, housing and water for our precious plants!

The Manna Soup Kitchen Garden will be strictly following the Biodynamic Calendar this year for seed sowing and transplanting.
Embrace the Earth!
Event Tomorrow April 14!

FLC Environmental Center hosts first annual Embrace the Earth event featuring Sundance- and Academy Award-nominated film, "Racing Extinction".

When: Thursday, April 14th. Doors open at 6p.m. Screening at 6:30p.m.

Includes a local & organic dinner and cash bar.
Get your tickets online!
Stop by The Garden Project Booth!
In early April, students from Kemper Elementary School in Cortez traveled to DC help Michelle Obama plant the White House Garden! So cool!!! Way to go Montezuma School to Farm Project!
Join us at Natural Grocer's Earth Day Celebration! Our very own Taylor Henzler will be leading a kid friendly workshop on Saturday April 23 from 3:30 - 4pm on "FBI: Fungus, Bacteria & Invertebrates".

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Earth Day Film Celebration by Great Old Broads for Wilderness

April 21st (Thurs), 6-8:30 pm, Miller Middle School Auditorium. A free event for all!  Award winning Environmental Documentary on Food Waste. Watch the trailer Also, winners of the middle school student 3 min.video contest will be announced and their videos shown!  Come enjoy some food snacks donated by local restaurants. 

Stop by The Garden Project's booth!
Backyard Food Production Class
This is a GREAT SERIES!!

Dates:  Various Tuesdays, starting May 3rd (Call 382-6464 for exact schedule)
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: La Plata County Extension, Fairgrounds - 2500 Main Ave. Durango
Cost:  $130 for entire course (12 sessions)
Contact: Darrin Parmenter
Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project offers Grafting Workshops

April 16th from 2-4 pm in Cortez at Cliffrose Garden Center.
April 30th from 10-12 at the Old Fort Hesperus.
Preregister by emailing: morp@montezumaorchard.org
Climatologists predict wetter-than-average April, May & June

"Southwest Colorado is favored to be in the path of a persistent storm track out of the southwest that will bring above-average temperatures and moisture to the region" for the next three months.
Read the Durango Herald article

Gardening Tips:
* Plant cold hardy plants to endure the wet conditions: salad greens, kale, chard.
* Hold off on planting sun loving transplants like tomatoes, peppers, squash until the weather warms and the soil dries.
* Use low tunnels to keep plants warm and cozy.
* Don't do heavy garden work when soils are wet, to avoid compacting your soil. Plant roots, microbes and worms like to breathe too!
* Consider using a biodynamic horsetail prep to avoid fungal diseases.
* Appreciate the rain!
Space still available for Spring After School Garden Programs -

6 week programs from April 18 - May 26

Dirt Club: from 1:30pm - 3pm on Mondays at Riverview (K-5), Park (K-5) and Needham (K-2) Elementary Schools

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

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

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

For Questions Contact:
Taylor Henzler

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.
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.
Vote for Durango 9R as One in a Melon!

Now through April 15, USDA is running a contest for school districts to win a “One in a Melon” award. Here is a chance to show support for Durango 9R’s efforts in Farm to School.

"Durango 9R is a pioneer in implementing Farm to School, especially in rural areas with an impressive amount of meat, grains, and produce." - Jim Dyer
Vote today!

Garden Project Wishlist:

Chalk boards
Cork boards
Large shelves
Gently used garden tools

Please help us collect the following items for after school garden programs: Paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, aluminum cans (rinsed and without the label or lid)

Drop off at TGP office - 862 Main Ave, Suite 222, Durango
Between 9 - 5, Monday - Friday
Thank You Vestal Builders!

A big thank you to Andrew Hevener, of Vestal Builders for all his expert help with the Manna High Tunnel. Mr. Hevener provided a special attention to detail, resulting in a successful installation.

Vestal Builders specializes in Residential/Green construction, remodels, kitchens/baths, and custom woodworking. He can be reached by email at vestalbuildersDGO@gmail.com.

The Garden Project is regularly seeking highly skilled professionals to help with projects that reach beyond gardening.

Volunteer with us this year!

Volunteers needed for after school programs, summer camp, general garden workdays and more!
Sign up to volunteer.
The Garden Project partners with Table to Farm Compost!

Table to Farm Compost provides household food scrap curbside pick up and composting services for residents and businesses in Durango. Extra compost benefits school and community gardens.
Read the Durango Herald article.
Visit their website
Contact David Golden

PROMO CODE: GARDENSW50 for new sign ups to receive 50% off their first month.
Durango Nature Studies hosts
5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run

Date: Sunday, April 24
Place: Rotary Park
Time: Race starts at 11:00
More info online.
Stop by The Garden Project booth!
SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) is hosting a native seeds planting and river clean up on Sunday April 17th from 11am-2pm. This is in conjunction with Water Justice Project's river clean up project. Location TBD. Contact Jessica Millman 303-809-9851
The 10th Annual Tour de Farms will be held on Saturday, August 20th, 2016!

The Garden Project is currently seeking backyard gardens, community gardens and farms in La Plata County for both the short and long tours.

If you would like to host a fun group of bike-riding foodies please let us know! If you're doing something different and wacky growing food or raising animals we want to know about it!

Locations across La Plata County welcome.
Contact: Darrin.Parmenter@co.laplata.co.us
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