May 2016 Newsletter

Use row cover on newly seeded beds. The row covers increase humidity and temperature, positively impacting seed germination. Don't forget to harden these plants off when you're ready to remove the fabric.
Volunteering has been shown to increase happiness!
And if that wasn't reason enough to get involved we are excited to now offer more benefits for YOU for volunteering with the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado.(see below)

Thank you to all our amazing volunteers!

Durango Natural Foods

Save at DNF when you volunteer with The Garden Project! "15% off your purchase" coupon for every hour you volunteer. Details in the DNF May Newsletter

Thanks Durango Natural Foods Co-op for contributing to the kind of community we want to live in!
Successful Manna Garden Workday - May 4th

10 new raised beds were dug into the hard shale and filled with 12 cubic yards of topsoil!

Thanks to Andrew Hevener of Vestal Builders, Alpine Lumber, Master Gardeners, Manna Clients, volunteers from the Gospel Church, and Fort Lewis’s Field School led by Becky Clausen!
Thanks to all of these amazing volunteers and we hope to see you on Wednesday morning!  

Check out more photos on Facebook

A huge THANK YOU to Mercy Regional Medical Center for their $5,000 sponsorship of our School Garden Programs.

Together we are helping students develop healthy food habits through garden curriculum and exposure to healthy, nutritious vegetables!

Ignite Your Health!
Workshop Series

Mercy Nutrition Therapy and The Garden Project present:

Small Space Gardening
May 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
with Brooke Frazer at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden

More info HERE. Sign up HERE.

Adopt a school garden for a week this summer!

Families can sign up to care for a school garden for one week throughout the summer. Responsibilies may include: watering, weeding, thinning, harvesting, staking tomatoe and sqaush plants...

Available School Gardens:
Miller Middle School
Park Elementary Learning Preserve Garden

Contact Taylor Henzler with questions.

Read about what our neighbors in Pagosa, Growing Spaces have to say about the Garden Project!

Needham's Cooking Matters for Families class graduated!
Rock'n in the Garden
Horticulture Lecture Series

May 8th-15th

Presented by Durango Botanical Society and CSU Extension.

More information and to register CLICK HERE. Held at the Durango Rec Center (2700 Main Ave.).

Farm to Preschool Cooking & Networking Event
for Childcare Professionals

May 24th, 2016 from 6-8pm
La Plata County Fairgrounds – Florida Room
Cooking Matters AmeriCorps Position Available
Starting June 1 for a 1 year position.

Work with Cooking Matters Colorado- Durango staff to implement effective hands-on courses and tours teaching families at risk of hunger that healthy cooking can be delicious, enjoyable-and most important-affordable.

More info/Apply HERE.


We joined our local time bank! Hour Exchange La Plata (HELP)

Now your volunteer time with The Garden Project counts towards hours you can exchange for other services. More info HERE.

Sign up and learn more about time banking HERE!
Volunteer with us!
Click to enlarge flyer.
Workday & Potluck
at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Saturday, May 14th from 10-12
Potluck at 12
Bring food to share and a plate and silverware for yourself (to help prevent waste)

Still a little confused about the name? Read more about the meaning of "'ohana" HERE.
Jr. Gardener Summer Camp - Registration Now  Open

Kids will learn gardening and healthy cooking skills, create outdoor art and have fun! 

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

Registration form.
Scholarships available.
More info on website.
Contact Taylor Henzler with questions.
Grassburger is providing scholarships to 5 students to attend Spring after-school gardening programs!

Thanks Grassburger for making garden education to more Durango students!

More scholarships needed! Contact Sandhya if you'd like to sponsor a student!
THANKS to Pediatric Associates of Durango for their $3,000 sponsorship of the Manna garden, market, and garden interns this year!
Seed School in a Day 
Presented by SW Seed Library
May 14th, 9-5pm,
Cost $60 - limited to 20 ppl

Contact Rachel Marie 
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.
The 10th Annual Tour de Farms 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.

Thank you to
Becky Turner
for serving on our Board of Directors
for the past 4 years!

We're thrilled you'll still be volunteering in the gardens with us, even if not around the board table!
Please welcome to The Garden Project team...
Meet our new Volunteer Coordinator!
Amy Johnston 

Amy enjoys watching the transformation of a simple seed into food, observing how each year is a different experience dependent on the weather and the health of the soil. She loves to learn about new plants, different gardening practices and enjoys taking photos of plants, especially flowers. In 1988, she moved from Denver to Durango.

Have you recieved an email from Amy? She is volunteering to help us to better match the passions and skills of our volunteers to the needs of our garden projects. THANKS AMY!
Email Amy at

Meet our new Board Member!
Tara Frazer 

Originally from the midwest, Tara has called Durango home for almost a decade. She has taught for over 15 years in many settings, including public schools and running a licensed preschool out of her home where she used her backyard garden as a teaching tool. Tara recently earned a certificate in Non-Profit Management at Fort Lewis College.  By volunteering with the Garden Project, she hopes to gain more experience with nonprofits while giving back to her community and promoting sustainability.
Meet our new Board Member!
Amy Arnold

Amy grew up in western PA and went to culinary school after graduating from high school. She was a chef for approximately ten years before deciding to go back to school to obtain a BS in Accounting. She moved to Durango in 2010 and currently works for the City of Durango in the finance department. She is passionate about connecting people with healthy food and sharing knowledge and love of cooking. When she isn't working she enjoys being outdoors running, hiking, or camping.
Would you like to serve on The Garden Project Board of Directors?
Currently accepting applications.
Find out what we are looking for HERE.
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