Oh the plants are a growin’!

We spent a full day out at the garden today, and we’re so thrilled that everything is doing so well! We’ve got quinoa, purple potatoes, white potatoes, tomatoes, many pepper varieties, strawberries, garlic scapes, spinach, radishes, sunflowers, eggplant, squash, pumpkins, nasturtiums, hollyhocks, columbines, corn, hava & kidney beans, dipper gourds, carrots, spearmint, osha, horseradish, French sorrel and more! It’s amazing to think that soon we’ll be harvesting these delicacies and celebrating all of our hard work. It really is magical how something can go from a seed to a full-grown plant in a matter of months.

On another note, we are working to secure funds for the continuation of our garden through the school year and for next summer. We would really appreciate any help you can offer financially. You can donate easily through PayPal on the right-hand side of this site, or you can send us a check following the instructions listed on the right. We appreciate your support!

We hope you enjoy these pictures from today:




3 Sisters Garden (Corn, Beans & Squash)




Garlic Scapes






Mammoth Sunflowers


Squash and Pumpkins


The garden




Spinach & Radishes





Tuesdays at the Garden

We had a wonderful evening over here at Valleybound, nestled between the Sangre de Christo and San Juan Mountain Ranges! The blue skies above us, the rich, brown earth beneath us and the beautiful birds singing their good evening songs – we really do have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family, friends and life which gives me hope.

Below you’ll find some pictures from the evening extravaganzas! Feel free to join us each Tuesday evening at 6pm for some gardening fun!

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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!

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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