Listen to our interview on KRZA, our local community radio!

Tune in to KRZA – 88.7 FM tomorrow (April 17th) at 8 AM for our interview about the amazingly beautiful things we’re up to down here in Antonito! You can also listen online here: KRZA.

Free Trees & Shrubs for YOU!

Dear Community Members,

As you may have heard by now, we are currently working on starting a school and community garden here in Antonito. South Conejos Schools has generously provided the land for the project, which will be located in the arena of the old rodeo grounds, just north of Guadalupe Elementary. We are planning a summer garden camp for all members of our community and look forward to sharing this beautiful community space with YOU.

As part of the various grants that we have received to start our garden, Colorado Project Learning Tree has awarded us 200 trees and shrubs that are to be planted in Antonito and the surrounding communities. The only stipulation is that students are involved, fostering an educational experience for our community. The trees and shrubs can be planted on both public and private lands, so that’s why we’re contacting you! Are you interested in having some of these trees and shrubs planted at your house for FREE? Here is a list of items we have available:

Buffaloberry, Chokecherry, Golden Currant, Lilac, Manchurian Apricot

Narrowleaf Cottonwood, Native Plum, Pinon Pine, Sand Cherry, Siberian Elm, Wax Currant

We will be planting at the beginning of May. If you are interested in having any of these varieties planted at your house, or on your property, please contact Justin Garoutte at (719) 206-3331. All of these trees and shrubs are available in limited quantities, so make sure to reserve yours today!

Please contact me with any further questions or comments you may have, and thank you for your support of our efforts at enriching the lives of everyone in our beautiful community.


Justin Garoutte

Weeding Party & Potluck

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat a great time we had yesterday out at the garden pullin’ weeds and eatin’! I was so happy and touched to see members of the community, young and old, coming together to create in this beautiful and historical space in Antonito, Colorado. Thank you all so much for helping out. Check out the links below for some great footage and pictures of the event!

Weeding Party & Potluck Pictures

Weeding Party & Potluck PSA


Soil Sampling Underway

Thanks to Cactus Hill Farm, we got some soil sampling done today. We’re all looking forward to seeing what kind of soil we have there in the old rodeo grounds! All of that manure will hopefully have helped! 😀



After many hours of grant applications, I’m proud to say that we’ve received all three of the grants that have been applied for so far. I am so thankful for the generous support that we’re receiving from these organizations. Most of all, I love that people believe in us, in our community, in Antonito and its potential. I can’t wait for our community planning meeting tomorrow evening – it’ll be wonderful to see what everyone wants this exciting space to become! So, before I forget to say what I had originally planned to say with this blog post….

Thank you, Kitchen Gardeners International!

We are extremely grateful for your support of our new initiative!

1st Planning Meeting

Put your thinking caps on and bring your creative minds to the table so we can start creating this beautiful space!

We’re meeting Monday, March 16th at 6:15 PM at Guadalupe Elementary in the cafeteria. I’ll bring some goodies for us to munch on; feel free to bring something delicious as well!

Here’s a link to the event’s page on Facebook:

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns! Feel free to reach me at home as well: (719) 206-3331.

All my best,

Justin Garoutte

Photo on 12-15-13 at 4.22 PM

A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. (Welsh Proverb)

Good morning!

Here’s just a quick shout out to Project Learning Tree and the Colorado State Forest Service. We received confirmation yesterday that we are being awarded 200 shrubs and trees for our school and community garden! The trees and shrubs can be planted anywhere in our community as long as education is involved. Who’s ready for some tree planing in early May?

Here’s a taste of what we’ll be receiving:

Manchurian Apricot, Buffaloberry, Sand Cherry, Chokecherry, Narrowleaf Cottonwood, Golden Currant, Wax Currant, Lilac, Native Plum, Siberian Elm, Colorado Blue Spruce, Pinon Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper

Please contact us if you’re interested in having one of these species planted by students on your property!

Have a fabulous day! 🙂


We’re on a roll!

Here’s just a quick note of gratitude to Fiskars Project Orange Thumb for believing in our community and our vision! We got word today that we’re 1 of 30 projects to be awarded $3,500 in cash and tools for our school and community garden. And we’re the only garden in Colorado to have received funding! Woot, woot!

I am so grateful that there are organizations out there, people out there who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Receiving this grant makes us one step closer to realizing our dreams, allowing us to reconnect with nature, with our roots.

Here’s to empowerment! 😀