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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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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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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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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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Regular Community Garden Meetings – Tuesdays @ 6PM

Thank you to everyone who came out to our planning meeting last night. I am so excited to see so many members of the community coming together to envision a creative community space right here in Antonito, Colorado!

We have decided to hold regular Garden Meetings on Tuesdays at 6PM. Please plan on attending these to make your voice heard and to get involved. We’ve got some great ideas for the summer from gardening to dancing to cooking to reading to horno making!

See you Tuesday at 6:00 PM!

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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.

Updates and a recent revelation

Loads has been happening ever since I returned to the sunny, beautiful San Luis Valley here in southern Colorado. I left Germany about a month ago, although it seems like an eternity has passed since I left that second home of mine. A lot of people ask if I’ve had trouble adjusting to life back here in the small town of Antonito, but it actually hasn’t been too bad. I’m so grateful to have landed a job with the local elementary school as their afterschool program coordinator for a literacy and healthy choices program through Save the Children. And the best part of it all is that I can walk to work! That’s definitely one thing I learned during my stays in Germany. I’ve also been able to spend an abundance of time with family from El Paso, Seattle, Yuma, and of course the majestic San Luis Valley. (And just so you’re all aware, I’m the proudest uncle in the world with this cute baby niece of mine!)

I’ve been fairly busy applying for a few grants to get the edible schoolyard / school garden going. South Conejos Schools has been generous in their support of my idea for which I’m extremely thankful. They’ve offered to give me at least 1,000 sq feet to get the garden going; however, when I mentioned it, they asked if I didn’t think that was a bit small! ๐Ÿ˜€ I just laughed and said I’d also be happy with more. Ha! One of my grant profiles can be found here: South Conejos School Garden.

On another note, Judy Crisco over at SLV Junction was generous enough to publish a page for me on her site here. Thank you, Judy!

To add to all of the exciting things that have been going on over here in my neck of the woods, Liza Marron from the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition invited me to share my ideas at their regular meeting this past Friday. I jumped on this amazing opportunity even though I was extremely nervous to be presenting in front of so many amazing and inspiring minds from so many different walks of life. The presentation went really well, and I was thrilled to see how much support I’m going to have from people all around this magical Valley. I left that room full of energy and ready to create an abundance of positive change down here in Antonito, Colorado.

After that meeting, I had a serendipitous lunch date with Karen Lemke who will be helping me along with my vision in becoming a beekeeper of sorts. I’ll be joining her workshop next weekend where I’m sure I’ll leave with a plethora of knowledge about bees and how to become friends with them. I can’t wait!

Today, I spent the morning and early afternoon learning how to milk goats over in Capulin with Elena. Elena started a farm out there not too long ago called Cactus Hill Farm. I had so much fun with those goats today. You know, I’m not much of a milk drinker, but this goat milk sure is delicious! I just love doing new things and expanding my horizon like this. There are so many amazing things to learn and do in the places we call home. Elena has agreed to teach me a thing or two in the coming months. Some of our projects include: hoop house construction, knocking down some walls, candle making, spinning wool, tractor driving, and so much more. Looks like I’ll be making a trip to buy me some overalls next week! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s some evidence of me practicing my baking skills. My students at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven gave me a German bread cookbook before I left. I decided to get a rye sourdough starter going and baked my first rye sourdough bread this evening. I’m impressed with how beautiful it turned out. That’s fresh goat milk that you see to the left of the fresh loaf.

imageSo I was floating in that pleasant state between consciousness and sleep the other night in bed when a revelation came to me. When I initially got this blog going, I somehow came up with the name Valley Bound and thought it was quite fitting seeing that I was on my way back to my roots in the San Luis Valley. Now that I’m here, however, I’m slowly starting to think that I might also be Valley Bound in a different sense, in the sense that my roots have now started to thrive and take hold here in this creative place nestled in the grand Rocky Mountains. I’m not sure what I’ve gotten myself into, but it sure does feel right, and if feelings are the language of the soul, then that’s what I’m sticking to.

From Seoul to Berlin

It’s been a week since I got back from my trip to South Korea. Mr. Jet Lag came for a visit for a few days but has finally said goodbye. I think that’s the only disadvantage to traveling. Well, then again, I guess the other tough bit is leaving pieces of your heart all over the place, but that’s another story for another day.

I spent the weekend in Berlin with a dear friend of mine and managed to swing by Pinke Panke, a really neat children’s farm there. It’s really inspiring seeing so many projects like this around Germany. Each one is so unique, which makes me want to hurry up and see what my whole vision is going to look like! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s a house that the children built. Isn’t that impressive!?

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Every farm that I’ve visited has had a fire pit. That’s definitely a must. I mean, who doesn’t like s’mores and Stockbrot?

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I’m sure those busy bees love these lovely flowers and nasturtiums! Nasturtiums are so delicious!

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Some type of oven is something I’ve seen on all of the farms as well. Who’s up for some delicious homemade breads?

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I’ll be heading to Verden next week to visit another farm there as well. Stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€

Permaculture’s the way to go

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and stumbled across this really neat permaculture mandala. I’m unsure who drew this lovely piece of art, so if anyone knows, please let me know so I can properly credit it. ๐Ÿ˜‰Permaculture MandalaThe more and more I learn about permaculture, the more I think it’s definitely the way to go and something I’d like to see my dream entwined with. Here’s to being a bit subversive and creating a whole bunch positive change through sustainable living! Who wants to join me?