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


Now that you have probably run out of homegrown goodness, grow your own sprouts! All you need is a gallon jar, a sunny window and some seeds. Use leftover broccoli seed if you have it. Soak 2 tablespoons of seeds overnight in your jar, drain with cheesecloth or a towel and set in the window. Rinse at least daily to make sure the seeds are staying moist. Enjoy!
Please to welcome to The Garden Project team our new AmeriCorps member!
Nicole will be helping to support and expand our school garden programs!
Nicole Putman graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Her love for the great outdoors led her to Durango where she discovered The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado. Nicole previously worked in agricultural education in her home state of Alabama. Nicole is excited about educating children through hands-on experiential learning in the garden. In her free time she enjoys adventuring with her husband and two dogs and exploring the beautiful town of Durango.
AmeriCorps Member Position Available

The Garden Project is looking to hire a school garden AmeriCorps member for the 2017-2018 academic school year. 

Find out if our AmeriCorps position is right for you!

Apply to be our school garden AmeriCorps here
Introducing Nourishing News: Weekly Garden Spotlight!

Get inspired about the power of gardens! Each week a photo and a quote from YOU, our volunteers, partners, and participants, will highlight the amazing growth happening in gardens across La Plata County.
This is just a small way to show the immense gratitude for all who participate in our gardens and to show the amazing work done in our community.

Look out for our Nourishing News on Facebook every Friday, next week could feature you!
Hands-on School Garden Programs
Garden-Based Science Lessons for ALL 9-R schools (grades k-5)
School Garden Committee Awareness and Recruitment

School gardens engage students with hands-on curriculum integration that promotes healthy living.
In order to sustain our school garden's we need your help!

Find out how you can get involved in a school garden committee here!
2017 Garden-Based Science Lessons
Now available to to ALL K-5 Durango 9-R Schools!

Have your student's teacher sign up today! 

Created in collaboration with Durango School District 9-­R’s Science Curriculum Depatment
Introducing our 2016 Annual Report! 
See the impact of all our gardens in our full report.
Montezuma School to Farm Hiring: Montezuma School to Farm Director Position for hire!

Looking for someone that has non-profit experience, drive, passion, a high level of skill in working with a great team, great delegation and communication skills, strong budgeting skills.

Check out the information and share far and wide amongst your professional circles in and out of state
FLC Lifelong Learning Series
“Food Security: An Inconvenient Truth – Global to Local Perspectives,”
with Dick White, professor emeritus of astronomy, sustainability advocate and member of the Durango City Council.

Thursday, February 2nd
from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
at Noble Hall Rm. 130, FLC

Find more information here!
The Animas Valley Grange is pleased to announce a new Speaker Series schedule and Workshops for 2017.

They have a wide range of speaking topics that are sure to interest those living in the Animas Valley and elsewhere in the county.

Contact Pamela with questions pmoreno.durango@gmail.com

Durango Green Drinks 

Durango Green Drinks offers a place for anyone in the area to mingle, meet others and chat about local sustainability issues.

Thursday, February 23rd
at Carver Brewing Company

This month will be hosted by Turle Lake Refuge and La Plata Open Space Conservancy 
Durano 9-R Food Bid for Local Farmers 

School districts in the southwest are working together to source more locally grown foods into our school breakfast and lunch programs.
This bid is for Durango, Ignacio, Bayfield, Mancos, and Montezuma/Cortez schools.  

Find further information about the bid here!
Are you curious about the future of agriculture? 

Check out this event co-hosted by the National Young Farmers Coalition and the San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District!
Come for a potluck dinner and stay for screenings of their new short film, "Conservation Generation

Thursday, February 23rd 
at San Juan College Greenhouse in Farmington, NM
from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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