Growing in Water and Dirt

This Harvest Center workshop covers growing in water and soil.  Jeff Wheeler (Pikes Peak Hydroponic Supply) will demonstrate setting up a hydroponic garden.  Lee Willoughby will demonstrate starting starting seeds in planter trays and describe the care required to produce healthy transplants.  Free admission at Woodland Park Library, February 21 1:30-3:30pm.

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Let’s Make 2016 Awesome!

The Harvest CenterHarvest Center Garden Workshop January 17 1:30-3:30pm

We begin our 8th year of offering free high altitude gardening workshops on January 17 at the Woodland Park Library.  We will give an update on Community Garden Projects and learn that some people are harvesting veggies in January.

Jeff Wheeler, Pikes Peak Hydroponic Supply, will give an introduction to family scale hydroponic methods.  He will return in February with a lengthier presentation.  This may be the year you add hydroponics to your garden techniques.

We will also provide advice for seed selection and planting timetables.

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Celebrate 2015 with Harvest Center Friends

Holiday treats potluck * White Elephant gifting * Open House Atmosphere * Invite friends

Join us Sunday December 15 to Celebrate 2015.

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.  Can’t stay the whole time?  Drop by for a short while for a snack and say “hi” to friends.

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Holiday Wreath Workshop at AVR

Wreath Workshop at AVR

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What We Learned in 2015

The “what we learned this year” workshop is always fun and informative.  Presentations are shorter and less formal.  Generally, the audience gets involved.  After all, high altitude gardeners learn something every year.

We share what worked and what didn’t.  We will also give away commercial organic seeds leftover from the October seed swap, which was an awesome success!

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Aspen Valley Ranch Homestead Series: Seed Swap

Tomato Seeds Saved from High Altitude Garden

Tomato Seeds Saved from High Altitude Garden

We celebrate the first year’s conclusion with a community seed swap.  Hopefully, this seed swap among high altitude gardeners will increase our community resilience and become an annual event.  The Cowman Family set an excellent example as they collected seeds for many years and shared generously with friends and neighbors.  Who knows… maybe a Ute Pass Seed Library will grow out of this seed swapping event!

AVR, The Harvest Center and Teller-Park Conservation District partnered in this series of free hands-on workshops.

Join us 10am-noon October 24, 2015 at Aspen Valley Ranch for the final segment of our Homestead Series.  It has been a fun, successful inaugural year.

Links related to saving seeds:

http://www.southernexposure.com/growing-guides/saving-seeds-home-use.pdf

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/grow-your-own-seeds-zmaz03onzgoe.aspx?PageId=2#ArticleContent

http://www.fedcoseeds.com/seeds/seed_saving.htm

Schedule:
1) we hear from several people about their seeds
2) we have a browse time when people socialize and get an idea about seeds they might want to swap
3) we say “swap time”!

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Dirt! The Movie

Dirt!themovieJoin us for an encore screening of the classic environmental film, “Dirt! The Movie”.  This documentary was presented at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and received rave reviews.

DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

View the trailer.

This event is co-sponsored by The Harvest Center and Teller-Park Conservation District.

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Drought land: the movie & Teller-Park CD Annual Meeting

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“DROUGHT LAND”: THE MOVIE

And a presentation by Nolan J. Doesken, State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, and a member of the CSU Water Faculty.

Is Colorado still in a drought? What does the future hold? Find out during this informative presentation, and also learn about the ramifications of what drought means to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain west. A short Q & A session will follow the movie. Learn more about the film and view the trailer at www.droughtland.com. Produced by Stefan Tubbs. Movie snacks provided!

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Celebrate Creek Week

CreekWeekCelebrate Creek Week this Saturday, October 3, at 9:00 am. We’ll meet at Cavalier Park located on the road behind Safeway: 522 Woodland Avenue. Bring your small group!  Learn about how erosion affects even “dry” creek beds and help pick up trash in the Upper Fountain Creek Watershed. This is a FREE family event. Adult-sized t-shirts and water provided, while they last, to all volunteers.

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AVR Homestead Series: Dressing Small Game

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Join us this Saturday for a FREE workshop: Small Game Dressing. Are you raising small game like rabbits, turkeys, or meat chickens as part of your sustainable living practice? Are you wondering how to humanely dispatch your small game animals? Or are you interested in hunting, but wonder how to dress the animals you hunt for dinner?

Join us as local hunter and experienced food preserver Dave Hansher shows us how!

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