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! 😀 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! 😀

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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Cooking Matters Classes

Check out these photos from our new cooking class taking place weekly at Guadalupe Elementary in Antonito. Thanks to the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and Cooking Matters, we are able to offer these classes to our community for free! This class is full, but be on the lookout for future classes!

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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.

Saturday Night Champe Jelly & Candles

Here’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately: How do you feel being back in Antonito, living in such a small, rural community again? To tell you the truth, I love it! I’ve got a thousand things going on, the weather is wonderful, I keep meeting really inspiring people, and I envision such a wonderful, promising future for our beautiful little town here in the southern end of the San Luis Valley!

So if I’m not inspiring kids to become better readers over at Guadalupe Elementary, driving the ambulance for Conejos County EMS or writing grants for the Antonito School & Community Garden, how am I spending my Saturday nights in such a small place where (supposedly) nothing’s going on? Well, here’s some photos to show you what trouble I’ve been getting myself into lately:

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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.