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: Enjoy! 😀

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.


After many hours of grant applications, I’m proud to say that we’ve received all three of the grants that have been applied for so far. I am so thankful for the generous support that we’re receiving from these organizations. Most of all, I love that people believe in us, in our community, in Antonito and its potential. I can’t wait for our community planning meeting tomorrow evening – it’ll be wonderful to see what everyone wants this exciting space to become! So, before I forget to say what I had originally planned to say with this blog post….

Thank you, Kitchen Gardeners International!

We are extremely grateful for your support of our new initiative!

We’re on a roll!

Here’s just a quick note of gratitude to Fiskars Project Orange Thumb for believing in our community and our vision! We got word today that we’re 1 of 30 projects to be awarded $3,500 in cash and tools for our school and community garden. And we’re the only garden in Colorado to have received funding! Woot, woot!

I am so grateful that there are organizations out there, people out there who want to make a difference in the lives of others. Receiving this grant makes us one step closer to realizing our dreams, allowing us to reconnect with nature, with our roots.

Here’s to empowerment! 😀

I’ve got the money if you’ve got the time

Holy cow! So much has been going on over here in this small, cozy town of Antonito, Colorado! I’ve been running in circles getting the Save the Children Afterschool Literacy and Healthy Choices Program going at Guadalupe Elementary, and I’m happy to report a successful first three weeks of the program with stable enrollment numbers.

In my spare time, I’ve been busy learning how to farm out at Cactus Hill Farm. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve got to learn from the wonderful, inspiring people around me. It’s looking like we’ll have some bees this summer as well, fingers crossed.

On another note, I’m happy to report that we were awarded our first grant EVER today! Woohoo! 😀 A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Annie’s Grants for Gardens program! I’m so grateful and encouraged by the fact that people see this initiative as a worthy cause to support. I’m just going to keep trucking along with my great-grandmother Lucy Jaramillo’s voice in the back of my head: poco a poco se anda lejos!

Merci, Annie!

P.S. We’re planning a seed drive at South Conejos Schools to see what kinds of heirloom seeds we can gather from our community. We’ll incorporate it into our science classes so that the kids can look into identifying the seeds as well, after which we can move on to planting the seeds indoors in order to get some seedlings going for the garden this summer.