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 design made from old logs, plant debris and soil). 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. 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. We started new mulching methods to retain moisture and thanks to the rainy weather we have been very successful at conserving water. 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.” All 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. But beware, we might try to send you home with a bag of free vegetables 😉
Thank you for such a wonderful summer!
Valleybound Antonito School and Community Garden