Only 10 days left…Can you help us out?

We’ve got 10 days and counting to win the $600 People’s Choice Award for our garden program! All we’ve got to do is be the garden with the most amount of supporters by December 16th!

Right now we are in 3rd place, so we need your help! Can you help us out with $10 to meet our goal of having the most amount of supporters in 10 days? This is an investment you are making in our children, youth and community as a whole.

If you can help us out, please click on this link and donate online: I support Valleybound!

Photo Credit: Joe Mahoney

Sunshine in the golden leaves is all around

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Wow! What a busy summer it turned out to be! The garden is now easing its way into a deep slumber for our harsh Rocky Mountain winters here in the San Luis Valley. The produce has all been harvested, including quinoa that we’re not quite sure how to process, but we’ll get there. 😉 All of the tomatoes were picked and eaten up, made into pasta sauce and donated to the Antonito Senior Citizen’s Center. Our purple potatoes were a major hit – so many children and adults in our community had never seen purple potatoes before, so they were a real treat! The Antonito Senior Citizen’s Center also received a nice goodie bag filled with purple and white potatoes. It was wonderful being able to include them in our harvest, even though many of them were not able to make it out to the garden.

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On top of all of the lovely harvest, we also sponsored the PUMPKIN PATCH over at South Conejos Schools for grades K-6. We didn’t plant Jack-o-lanterns in our garden, but tasked the Valley Roots Food Hub with sourcing 120 pumpkins for us, which they did in a heartbeat! All of the pumpkins were organic and from local farmers. We set up our pumpkin patch in the playground, and it really reminded me of Easter and really big eggs! 😀 The kids were so excited to be taking home a pumpkin for Halloween, and grateful they were as well!

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We also recently were invited out to Devon Peña’s house and farm out near San Luis, Colorado. He has been doing wonderful work to restore seeds to their heirloom conditions. He shared bolita beans and beautiful corn varieties with us – we can’t wait to get them in the ground next year!

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Thank you to everyone who made this first summer of gardening such a success! It couldn’t have been done without the countless hours of support from children, youth and adults alike! Here’s to making a dream come true!

Fantastic Farmers Markets!

Why, hello there! Thanks for checkout out our page and all of the wonderful things we are getting ourselves into. The past few weeks have been very busy for us with school starting up again, selling at the Conejos County Farmers Market, weekly gardening sessions on Sundays at 5 and harvesting produce for the salad bar at South Conejos Schools! As the season is beginning to wind down — even though it doesn’t feel like that at all — I feel the need to express my gratitude for the generous and supportive community of Antonito and beyond! It has been a wholesome summer of gardening, bringing my dream to fruition, and for this I will always be grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Enjoy these photos from the Market yesterday! Our kids are the best and wonderful entrepreneurs!

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First Farmers Market = Success!

Today was an exciting day! Three teenagers from the area met me at the garden to harvest as much as we could for the Conejos County Farmers Market that was being held today in Manassa, Colorado. We harvested heirloom beets, heirloom radishes, chives, horseradish leaves, spinach, rainbow chard, Anaheim Peppers, Banana Peppers and green and yellow squash! I am impressed at how much we were able to harvest and even more impressed that we sold out today! It was a really great day, as you can tell from the photos below. I am so grateful for all of the adults and teens who came out today to support the garden and our dream of keeping our children and youth connected to the Earth. See you next week at the market in La Jara, Colorado!

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S’moreos tonight at 6 pm!

Yes, this is happening tonight at 6 PM at the Valleybound – Antonito School & Community Garden. S’MOREOS! Come join us for some harvesting, storytelling, weeding and fun around the fire!

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Cheers to our 1st Harvest!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the garden last night! We harvested spinach, radishes, tomatoes, chives, horseradish and chard! Two children from local communities were are Head Harvesters, and they even presented all of the produce to the other 30 community members who were present! I honestly don’t know if I could have given a presentation in front of so many people at that age. You can’t tell me that a School & Community Garden isn’t cross-curricular! 😀 And the s’mores with reeses were a major hit – they’ll be back next Tuesday at 6!

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Swiss Chard, Chives & Horseradish

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S’mores & More

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Spinach, Chard & Chives

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One big radish!

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Our Head Harvesters sort produce for people to take home.

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Great job, head harvesters!

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Spinach!

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Another great meeting!

We had a wonderful meeting tonight at the Garden. 25 community members showed up, we had nachos at my mom’s house, got a temporary roof on the shed, got two bee hives set up, and of course enjoyed the fire and s’mores! Thank you all so much for your continued belief in this initiative.

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One Step at a Time

We want to make a quick shout out to Kitchen Gardeners International for their generous grant this year! Here’s a blog post we wrote on their site about our work and achievements thus far: http://kgi.org/blog/garoutteju/one-step-time. Enjoy! 😀

Life at the garden

We’re on a roll at the Antonito School & Community Garden! Our quinoa and other seeds are germinating and the shed’s got a brand new door and a new look as well. Now all we need is a new roof for the shed and some fencing around parts of the space. I guess we’ll never run out of projects! 😀

Be sure to join us Tuesdays at 6 pm for our weekly garden meetings, work sessions, s’more eatings and storytelling by the fire. Also, if you’re interested in helping out with watering, please call Justin at 719-206-3331. Thanks!

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We’ve got a fire pit! Woot, woot!

Thanks to everyone who came out to help tonight at our weekly garden session. We had some issues with the water, but everyone came together and we got everything watered through a combination of wells and buckets. It really is amazing to see what can happen when everyone works together.

We even got our fire pit dug tonight, so we’ll be sure to have a fire next week with s’mores for all who come out! I can’t wait!

The aspens have a new haircut now and are looking fabulous, and the baby trees in the driveway are nice and protected and supported as well. Great work, team!

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