Earth Day Celebration at AVR Cancelled

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Celebrate Earth Day at Aspen Valley Ranch Cancelled Due to Weather Forecast

Tuesday afternoon we made the difficult choice to cancel our Harvest Center sponsored event based on the weather forecast illustrated in the above graph.  A review of seven weather sites revealed a consistency in forecast.  The cancellation was difficult, but the cause (snow and rain) will bring much needed moisture to our region.

We thank our co-sponsors Gordon Jackson Foundation, CUSP and Catamount Institute and individuals on our planning committee for the many hours of planning time.  Thanks go to the many groups who agreed to share Earth Day relevant information to the 200+ guests we anticipated.

A quick poll of exhibitors indicated that about 50% would be unable to attend an event on April 25th, thus we decided that a cancellation for 2015 was preferable to rescheduling.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Lee Willoughby
The Harvest Center

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Booth at WP Winter Market

Join us at the popular Winter Market in Woodland Park.  We high altitude gardeners are starting seeds indoors and tidying up our growing spaces as weather permits.

Stop by our booth and chat about your garden plans; ask questions; and learn about our community garden projects.

We will have handouts, event calendars and congeniality to share.

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Growing Veggies in the Mountains

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Greenhouses, Raised Beds, Cold Frames & Growing in Pots
Sunday, March 15, 2015 1:30-3:30pm Woodland Park Library

Michelle & Steve Harding present their adaptation of the popular straw bale approach to gardening. Next, Jeff Wolin will present the Wolin Family “Good Enough” Garden. Topping off the presentations, Claudia Stover from Salida will describe her considerable experience with the geodesic dome greenhouse from Growing Spaces. The three different presentations describe great success by blending sound gardening approaches with appropriate growing structures.

Discussing our plans for a seed swap in April will be a special bonus at this workshop. As always, admission is free.

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Booth at WP Winter Market

Reconnect with the Harvest Center crew 9am-1pm March 14 at the Woodland Park Winter Market. We will have an information table at the Ute Pass Event Center along with many vendors. Drop by and swap stories.

We will have handouts related to native seeds, veggie planting times and our events scheduled for 2015.

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Selecting & Starting Seeds

Join us 1:30-3:30pm February 15 at the Woodland Park Library for “Selecting and Starting Seeds for High Altitude Gardening”. Earlyn Cowman begins the workshop with advice based on 20+ years of gardening in Woodland Park. She will bring several of the Cowman legacy seeds adapted to our growing conditions.

Jennifer Allard will describe her seed selection and planting techniques at Dancin’ Feet Farm along the Tarryall River.

Lee Willoughby will discuss a timetable for germinating seeds from February thru June. Free admission.

A portion of the workshop is available as narrated slideshow.

Selecting and Planting Seeds for High Altitude Gardens from Lee Willoughby on Vimeo.

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Booth at Winter Market

Reconnect with the Harvest Center crew 9am-1pm February 14 at the Woodland Park Winter Market. We will have an information table at the Ute Pass Event Center along with many vendors. Drop by and swap stories.

We will have handouts related to native seeds, veggie planting times and our events scheduled for 2015.

Looking forward to seeing you.

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2015 Community Garden Projects

The local food shift has moved into high gear! You will be amazed at the level of high altitude gardening taking place in the triangle formed by Woodland Park, Lake George and Guffey. This workshop provides an overview of local food projects underway in the Ute Pass region. Community partners will join The Harvest Center in describing this broad effort which includes:

Community Cupboard raised beds
Woodland Park Community Church garden
Community Garden at Little Chapel Food Pantry
Woodland Park High School greenhouse project
Gateway Elementary raised beds
Columbine Elementary raised beds
Summit Elementary raised beds
Guffey Charter School raised beds
Woodland Park Farmers Market
Ute Pass Historical Society Pioneer Garden
Ute Pass Market Growers

We will also describe resources for planning your garden and provide an overview of the 2015 workshop schedule. Join us at the Woodland Park Library 1:30-3:30pm January 18 for this free event.

Download HC2015calendarprint for the Harvest Center 2015 event calendar.

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Harvest Center Celebrates 2014

Holiday treats potluck * White Elephant gifting * invite friends

Join us this Sunday to Celebrate 2014.

Potluck Treats – people generally bring healthy snacks, salads or even deserts. Simple raw fruit & veggie dishes are popular. On the other hand, don’t stress if you haven’t time to prepare something.

White Elephant Gift Exchange – whether whimsical or practical, the gifting is always fun!

Invite friends – this is a family event; feel free to invite family and friends.

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High Altitude Gardening: What We Learned in 2014

20+ people gathered at the Woodland Park Library on this cold November day to discuss what we learned about High Altitude Gardening this year.

Kathleen shares stories

Below is a photo of Kelvin’s greenhouse taken during the August Garden and Greenhouse Tour.

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What we learned in previous years:

 High_Altitude_Gardening_What_We_Learned_in_2011_ / WhatWeLearnedIn2012

Blankenship_Gardening_2013 / SchmittHarvestCtr_2013 / What_we_Willoughbys_learned_in_2013 Wolin_garden_2013

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What we learned in 2014!

Sharing Experiences with Neighbors

We high altitude gardeners enjoy sharing stories about our experiences. About six people will take 5-10 minutes each to describe what they learned this year.  You will hear about raised beds, small & large greenhouses, frustration & success, adapting to weather, and new varieties or techniques tried.

We then will open the floor to a lively discussion among audience members. This annual event has proven to be very popular and informative.

Join us 1:30-3:30pm November 16 at the Woodland Park Library for this free workshop.

What we learned in previous years:

 High_Altitude_Gardening_What_We_Learned_in_2011_ / WhatWeLearnedIn2012

Blankenship_Gardening_2013 / SchmittHarvestCtr_2013 / What_we_Willoughbys_learned_in_2013 Wolin_garden_2013

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