Garden Above the Clouds – June 22, 2015
The 12-bed garden at Woodland Park Community Church, “Garden Above the Clouds”, was completed today with a special effort by three volunteers. Rick Weaver and the Fahler brothers (Chris and David) demonstrated great efficiency in their techniques for placing the covers on the raised beds. Their effort gave our high altitude community gardeners an edge in the contest with Mother Nature’s short growing season here in the Rockies. Thank you and the many other volunteers who made this project a reality.
Each year we offer a Food Preservation workshop in July. This year we will focus on fermentation, canning and drying techniques.
Join us at the Woodland Park Library 1:30-3:30pm July 19 for this free workshop.
The Garden Above the Clouds is coming together because the community of volunteers is working hard! Planning the garden began Summer, 2014; construction began Fall 2014; weather permitting, construction continued Spring 2015. Many volunteer hours have made this garden possible. A dozen people convened to move the project forward. Some were builders of the raised beds, some were gardeners who were literally planting as soon as we finished out their bed; and, one volunteer brought water to the garden.
Seen in the top photo are Diane, David, Rick, Kathy, Chris, and Denis. Off camera were Barbara, Gina, Scott, Kelly, Lee, Gina, and Kent. Special thanks to Kent for making sure we had water available to the garden.
Seven of the raised beds are complete! Stay tuned for an opportunity to get involved.
P.S. Did you happen to notice the incredible view of Pikes Peak from the garden?
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Join us 9:30-11:00am at Woodland Park Community Church, 800 Valley View Drive, as we continue building raised beds for the new community garden. Please bring sunscreen, gloves and water in addition to battery powered tools.
This is a good opportunity to see how covered raised beds are built.
Weather forecasts call for clear weather this Friday! Join the friendly Harvest Center volunteers at Woodland Park’s very popular Farmers Market. In addition to handouts, we will be eager to discuss garden tips related to work around weather uncertainty.
Remember, in 2015 the market is located in the Vectra Bank parking lot.
June 11 Thunder/Hail/Storm
The good news is that we had a wet Spring which left our area moist. The downside was that most of us were delayed getting into the garden. It is not too late! Although we have a short growing season, there’s time enough to get a garden underway.
Rick Weaver and Chris Fahler will offer their experiences and insights to help you be successful this Summer. Rick will give you an overview of inexpensive raised beds, straw bale gardening and using pallets as a growing frame. Chris will describe his recently built “flip top raised bed” and his success using wood chip mulch in his garden.
Seed and plant swap: If you have leftover seeds or seedlings, please bring for others to use. Lee & Kathy will donate unopened 2014 organic seeds from High Mowing Seeds and Farm Direct (Dan Hobbs).
This free workshop will be presented 1:30-3:30pm June 14 at the Woodland Park Library.
Join Carol Grieve at Mountain Naturals Community Market on Saturday, June 6 at 3:00 for “Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food!”
Carol is the host of Food Integrity Now. She is a Certified Life Coach, Health and Wellness Coach at Food Integrity Coaching, Educator, Artist and Visionary. Over the past 12 years, Carol has worked with hundreds of individuals and groups to assist them in creating changes in their lives to become more fulfilled. She incorporates her knowledge of food and its effect on not only the physical body but the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
Join us at beautiful Aspen Valley Ranch for June’s episode of the AVR Homestead Series.
Earlyn Cowman, WP Farmers Market and The Harvest Center, shares her methods for planting seeds and transplants for maximum success. We will convene at 10am-noon June 6.
We will also provide potting soil and pots if you need to “up size” seedlings you bought at Friday’s plant sale. This hands on class is free. You may also like to take home one of the plants leftover from the Plant Sale.
Buy your starter plants at The Harvest Center’s 7th Annual Plant Sale June 5 7am-1pm. We will help kick off the 2015 Woodland Park Farmers Market (behind Vectra Bank) with seedlings started by volunteers in our mountain community. These plants are grown naturally and chosen for their hardiness and taste.