Why, hello there! Thanks for checkout out our page and all of the wonderful things we are getting ourselves into. The past few weeks have been very busy for us with school starting up again, selling at the Conejos County Farmers Market, weekly gardening sessions on Sundays at 5 and harvesting produce for the salad bar at South Conejos Schools! As the season is beginning to wind down — even though it doesn’t feel like that at all — I feel the need to express my gratitude for the generous and supportive community of Antonito and beyond! It has been a wholesome summer of gardening, bringing my dream to fruition, and for this I will always be grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Enjoy these photos from the Market yesterday! Our kids are the best and wonderful entrepreneurs!
Today was an exciting day! Three teenagers from the area met me at the garden to harvest as much as we could for the Conejos County Farmers Market that was being held today in Manassa, Colorado. We harvested heirloom beets, heirloom radishes, chives, horseradish leaves, spinach, rainbow chard, Anaheim Peppers, Banana Peppers and green and yellow squash! I am impressed at how much we were able to harvest and even more impressed that we sold out today! It was a really great day, as you can tell from the photos below. I am so grateful for all of the adults and teens who came out today to support the garden and our dream of keeping our children and youth connected to the Earth. See you next week at the market in La Jara, Colorado!
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!
Swiss Chard, Chives & Horseradish
S’mores & More
Spinach, Chard & Chives
One big radish!
Our Head Harvesters sort produce for people to take home.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Over here at Valleybound, we’re excited about these great microgreen growing kits that we recently purchased from Farmers With Altitude, a local business! We’ve got six classroom kits that will grow buckwheat and sunflower sprouts. Along with that, we’ve got 63 mini-kits for sunflower sprouts that we’ll be giving to children grades 2-5 at the end of the school year. They get to be young farmers at home and get a head start on the growing season! Woohoo!
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!