June 2015 Newsletter

Beyond Sustainability, Into Abundance: The Colorado Permaculture Convergence 2015

By Mia Carrasco-Songer, Garden Manager
Permaculture is for everyone. That's what I left the Colorado Permaculture Convergence with over the Memorial Day weekend.

As we experience this changing climate, shortage of water, excess of waste, and degradation of our beautiful land and wonderful communities permaculture provides a guiding path to action.

Permaculture is the philosophy of working with the natural cycles and systems to create an abundance for all. At the 2015 Colorado Permaculture Convergence, hosted by the Permaculture Provision Project in Cortez, CO, we got to celebrate the people and projects working on permaculture in the Southwest and learn from the skilled, experience speakers.

Grant Curry, one of our hosts, inspired us to think beyond sustainability, which he described as having your nose just above water. Closing speaker, Joel Glanzberg, reminded us that we may feel the urge to jump all in and become a permaculturist with our own off-the-grid homestead complete with water catchment system, food forest, and a composting toilet but we need everybody (doctors, teachers, lawyers, homemaker, restaurant owners...everyone!) to think like nature.

How do YOU think like nature in your home, work, or play?

Here are some of the lessons I learned at the Permaculture Convergence:

1. Practice alchemy: Turn something with no "value" into something with value.
2. Work together: We are stronger and more efficient with diversity and cooperation
3. Appreciate everything for its role: Everything has a purpose and a value, we just have to learn to look at the whole picture.

Read the full blog post here

Garden Share Program
CSA for low income families at Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango.

Woohoo! We have raise $2,365 for our Garden Shares Program! That's 31% of our goal raised through Harvest Funders and our website, way to go! Thanks to everyone who has donated to the campaign so far! 

We have extended the campaign deadline to June 30th in hopes of reaching our goal of $7500 so tell a friend about this great program!
At this point, the biggest need at the Manna Garden is to purchase a large amount of compost to incorporate into the brand new vegetable beds to make the garden as productive as possible. The next $1,000 donated will go towards this compost purchase. Join the cause and donate today!

-Thank you from

Community Garden Workday at Ohana Kuleana

Come volunteer and get your hands dirty! This Saturday, June 6th from 10am-12pm at 564 E. 30th St, Durango. Contact Mia for details.
Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

Monday, June 15th 6pm-8pm with Travis Custer from San Juan Mycology. Tickets $15.
Register online. Limited space available!
Photo by Jennaye Derge, Durango Telegraph


Garden Share raises funds to give low-income families fresh food
by Missy Votel, Durango Telegraph

"The Garden Project, along with Manna Soup Kitchen and Cooking Matters, is in its second year of leveling the local dinner table with the Garden Share program. The program works much like a CSA, where each week, from June-October, underserved families are given a box full of fresh, locally grown produce. The families are also invited to volunteer in the Manna garden as well as attend a six-week cooking class with Cooking Matters."

Read the Telegraph article
Want to know EVERYTHING that's going on? Click here to see The Garden Project Event & Volunteer Calendar
Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado is hiring!

Executive Director Position - Growing Partners is looking for a self-starting, hard-working, passionate individual to take the reins of a local partnership with a 10-year history of providing local food programs to increase community food security for underserved populations in La Plata County. The ideal applicant for the Executive Director position will have the desire to dig in their heels and grow the organization. Download the job description.
Photo by Jennaye Derge, Durango Telegraph
Manna Garden Teen Apprenticeship Program

Who: Teens ages 13 - 18. No gardening experience necessary
Where: Manna Soup Kitchen Garden, 1100 Avenida del Sol
When: Mondays June - August from 10 am to 2 pm with a break for a free and delicious lunch provided by the Manna Soup Kitchen

June 8th - Food Justice
June 15th - Introduction to Plants
June 22nd - Growing Plants from seeds

Contact Brooke to RSVP

Jr. Gardener's Summer Camp spots still available!

Held at the Needham Elementary School Garden. Featuring special guest presenters every week.

Ages 6-8 weeks of July 6th and 13th. Ages 9-11 weeks of July 20th and 27th. 
Register today!
Gorgeous Garden? Clucking Chickens? Functioning Farm?

We want to see it all on the Tour De Farms held on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 

A bike ride tour featuring backyard gardens and commercial farms in La Plata County. If you would like to show off your growing prowess, Download the application!
Fort Lewis College Environmental Center is hiring!

The EC is looking to hire an Assistant Coordinator. This is a full-time, nine month permanent position focused on both student leadership development within the environmental field, as well as, project & program management. Our ideal candidate will be excited to work with college students, embrace the zany EC environment and be eager to tackle campus and regional sustainability initiatives. Details and instructions on applying can be found on the EC website.
BearSmart: Annual Spring Bear Wake-Up Social to be held Sat. June 6th from 11-4 at Rotary Park
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