We planted 166 trees and shrubs for 36 San Luis Valley Families!

A big shout out goes to all of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Guadalupe Elementary and Antonito Middle School who helped plant 166 trees and shrubs for 36 families across the San Luis Valley this past week. Thank you Conejos County Clean Water, Inc., SLV Ecosystem Council, Reconnect Collective and Simple Living Concepts for your support as well! Thank you Colorado Project Learning Tree for the generous grant!

IMG_0281 IMG_0378 IMG_0407 Schaniece Lujan Plants a Piñon

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

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! 🙂