Welcome to the Garden!

KIMG0346  Welcome to the Garden!  This summer has been full of new and exciting events and activities.  We had volunteer groups from Upward Bound come out and help us start a new composting station and a hugelkultur mound (a permaculture upward bounddesign made from old logs, plant debris and soil).  hugel hugelkul Our first community event happened on May 20th at our Garden Kick off where we had lots of food fun and started planting our first seeds.  Thanks to so many community volunteers we were able to plant more than 3/4 of the garden with donated seeds,transplants, and cover crops. During our first work day we started painting some new signs with help from two youth volunteers. sign Just a little later in the season we started working on something big! Something so incredibly big it will require the entire community to give their input to come to a conclusion.  I am speaking of the SLV Inspire Initiative.  This is a project involving the entire San Luis Valley with Antonito as one of the 7 “Hubs” or central locations.  That means, with some luck and hard work, we would be able to access some incredible funding to increase our youth access to the outdoors. Which by the way is currently only seven minutes a day according to recent studies.  This project would make it easier for our community to access the outdoors with new pathways, facilities and playing areas.  To begin this process we hosted a community BBQ to start the conversation and invite anyone to give their input on what would make the great outdoors more accessible. KIMG0383We started new mulching methods to retain moisture and thanks to the rainy weather we have been very successful at conserving water. garden To close our the summer we held a brand new program, the Valleybound Health and Leadership Youth Camp.  This was a four day camp for youth members ages 9-18.  We had a great group of young leaders and each of these wonderful participants received some pretty great gifts along with the knowledge they learned on this camp.  Every participant got a journal, yoga mat, backpack, water bottle, first aid kit, wild foraging book, shopping bag, garden kit and medals won during the final competition, “The Garden Olympics.”youthcamp youthcampinAll in all it has been a great season with more to come as we enter the heart of harvest time.  We are currently having community work nights on Tuesdays from 6-8pm AND Fridays from 2-7pm.  Feel free to stop on by and see what we have growing.  rainbowBut beware, we might try to send you home with a bag of free vegetables 😉

Thank you for such a wonderful summer!

Abe Rosenberg

Garden Educator

Valleybound Antonito School and Community Garden

Fresh from the garden into the school

We had an exciting day over here at Valleybound, the Antonito School and Community Garden! We sponsored today’s salad bar for K-12 at South Conejos Schools right here in Antonito, Colorado. It was wonderful seeing so many beautiful, green salads on the kids’  and teachers’ trays today. I am so proud of our community and children for coming together and creating such a magical space that promotes healthy lifestyles and community building.

After lunch, I was surprised by two classes in the elementary wing asking for a tour of the garden! So off we headed to the old rodeo grounds and explored the green, luscious garden. The students asked so many questions, admired the most beautiful sunflower in the universe, touched and gawked at the cute little pumpkin and calabacitas, and gathered around the fire pit asking when we’d be doing s’mores! This is the sort of experiential education that I love and am honored to be a part of. Here’s to a bright future!

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