Composting: Principles & Hands On Experience

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Visit beautiful Aspen Valley Ranch for this hands-on composting class. You’ll learn principles of composting and help build the 3-bin compost system made of pallets. Diana McMillan will teach this free class 10am-Noon May 23rd. The compost bin will be given away by drawing! The AVR Homestead Series is co-sponsored by Harvest Center and Teller-Park Conservation District.

We also have several gangly, healthy tomato plants looking for patient gardeners to provide a good home.

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Building Covered Raised Beds & What to Plant

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May 17 workshop topics include: building raised beds, growing in containers, and what to plant in the next few weeks.  We’ll also talk about amending your soil with microbes, fungi and trace minerals. Admission is free for this workshop convening at Woodland Park Library 1:30-3:30pm on May 17th.

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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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Building a Community Garden in Guffey

Paula Bennett said it well, “I want to share an extraordinary experience I was privileged to be a part of today. Guffey community families, students and dear Harvest Center friends came together to create the Guffey School Garden. It made my heart happy to see all these folks working so hard on a community project.”

Earlier in the day, 20+ teachers, parents, and students pitched in to make this high altitude garden a reality.

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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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