Power Grow™ Sale

Power Grow SaleJeff Wheeler at Pikes Peak Hydroponic and Garden Supply says, “This it it folks! We are having a progressive Black Friday sale on our soon to be famous Power Grow Soil-Less mix(formally known as PP blend #2) Normal retail is $23.99 per bag but not this Friday. We will open at 5:00am. From 5-6 am bags will be just $15.00! From 6-7am bags will be just $16.00 and they will go up by $1.00 every hour until we get back to retail price. There is no limit on your purchase and prepaid pre-orders will be accepted. If we run out you will still get the special pricing and you can pick it up as soon as it is ready! The earlier you get here the cheaper it will be.”  Jeff is a frequent presenter at Harvest Center workshops.

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What We Learned This Year

This workshop is an annual favorite.  People enjoy the short presentations of what worked and what didn’t by fellow high altitude gardeners.  Some show slides, some screen a short video and others just stand up and tell it like it is.

If you would like to share a story with the group, then send an email by November 13 indicating your topic.

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Environmental Film Series: Bees

The Harvest Center

Join us 1:30-3:30pm October 16 at the Woodland Park Library for our 8th annual Environmental Film Series which will feature bees.  We’ve searched the the internet and found several informative, entertaining videos. Of course, there will be the usual lively discussion expected when high altitude gardeners gather.


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Moving raised beds to new locations

We need to move the raised beds located at the Little Chapel of the Hills Food Pantry to new locations.

There’s a good chance of making the move in one day… tomorrow.  We have three trailers lined up: Jim Bennett, Jeff Musgrave and Will from Community Cupboard.  A handful of people have RSVP’d “yes”.  If another 4-6 people can pitch in, then we should be able keep a steady stream of beds being lifted and carried to the trailers.  Another person bringing a trailer would make this a slam dunk.

Please join us 10am-1pm this Saturday October 15 to begin the moving process.  We will lift the beds up away from the dirt and load the complete frame and cover onto pickups and trailers.   We also need shovels or pry bars to raise the bed’s frame above the soil.  A battery powered drill or two might be handy in case screws have worked loose.

Eight of the beds will go to Summit Elementary, four will go to Community Cupboard in Woodland Park, and one will be reserved for the Community Partnership Play Group.

Refer to the attached map:  park in the lot between Community Partnership and Russ’ Place.  Walk across the street past Little Chapel and the “Raised Beds” area just west of the food pantry area.  Stop; take a deep breath; and, be thankful for the incredible view.  Ok, now join your fellow volunteers.


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AVR Homestead Series Seed Swap

We celebrate the second year of the AVR Homestead series 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 these seed swapping events!

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

Seeds saved by high altitude gardeners

Seeds saved by high altitude gardeners

Join us 10am-noon October 8, 2016 at Aspen Valley Ranch for the final segment of our Homestead Series.  It has been a fun, successful second year.

Links related to saving seeds:




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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Celebrating Local Food

Celebrating Local Food

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Celebrate Creek Week

Creek Week at TAVA in Woodland Park

Help remove litter from Fountain Creek (dry this time of year)

Visit booths: Nature information and activities from Guides-to-Go

Information from Teller-Park Conservation District and Coalition for the Upper South Platte

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Making Soap the Old-fashioned Way


Join us for the fifth session of the
FREE 2016 Homestead Series!

Saturday, September 17
10 am to Noon
Aspen Valley Ranch

Learn how to make soap the old-fashioned way with natural ingredients. And learn how to make your own cleaning supplies, too! Bring a friend and discover the joys of making your own natural soaps and cleaning supplies.

This FREE monthly series is sponsored by Aspen Valley Ranch, the Woodland Park Harvest Center, and Teller-Park Conservation District (TPCD). All workshops and demonstrations take place at Aspen Valley Ranch. Find a calendar of these events at TellerParkCD.org. Questions? Call TPCD at (719) 686-9405 x104. RSVPs not required, but recommended.

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HC Booth at WP Farmers Market

Join us at the Woodland Park Farmers Market.  Let’s swap stories about what in our garden is growing well and what is not.  Sharing both success and failure stories is key to learning how to conduct successful high altitude gardening.

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2016 Harvest Center Garden & Greenhouse Tour

2016 HC Garden & Greenhouse Tour: August 21

The Harvest Center Garden & Greenhouse Tour occurs 11:00 am – 3:00 pm August 20 and 21, 2016. Join this free, self-guided tour of personal gardens, community gardens and greenhouses in the Ute Pass area of Colorado. You will see wonderful examples of High Altitude Gardening.  Download the 2016 HC G & G Tour map in pdf format. To view an interactive map, click here.


737 Pinon Ridge Dr

Dennis Hepting invites you to visit his Solexx greenhouse.  This is his second year growing in Woodland Park.  He will also share information about his solar panels for generating electricity for his home.

279 Pine Bluff Rd

Jen and Jeff Musgrave have just completed their aquaponics system inside the greenhouse.  It will mainly have kale, spinach and lettuces growing now.  They also have hops, herbs and berry bushes growing around their house.

78 Utah Way in Colorado Mountain Estates

Paula & Jim Bennett are long time Harvest Center volunteers.  You will find their Solexx greenhouse and raised, raised-bed very interesting. Directions: On Teller 1, just past the south end of the Fossil Beds, is the entrance to Colorado Mountain Estates. Turn in and stay on Mountain Estates Rd until it Y’s at the mailboxes then bear right onto South Mountain Estates Rd. It will bear right and go up a hill. About half way up the hill is Wasatch Rd on the right. Turn right through the big dip and then turn left at the top of the hill onto Utah Way. We are the second house on the left. 719-748-5225

572 Gold Dust Creek Rd, Florissant

Visit Karen “Plant Lady” Anderson and you will learn why her home is called “Paradise Gardens”.  Karen has been establishing her perennial and veggie Gardens for nearly 40 years.  She also contributes to the Ute Country News by writing the Growing Ideas column. http://tinyurl.com/2015-KA-Map .

128 Broken Wheel Rd

Ginny Johnson is a longtime high altitude gardener. Her place is near AVR and she is a longtime friend of Julie Snyder. We are glad to have her join the tour.

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