AVR Home Stead Series: Pressure Canning

August 22 the class at Aspen Valley Ranch will be “High altitude Pressure Canning” taught by David Hansher of Lake George.  Pressure canning is the only acceptable method for canning meats and high pH foods like beans, beets, carrots, and potatoes. Bring a fresh, low pH food item to this workshop. You’ll leave with a preserved jar of food to enjoy later! Canning jars will be provided.

Workshop participants will prepare food for the pressure canner while learning how to use this preservation technique. During this interactive workshop, there will be two outdoor pressure canners at work. RSVP early to receive the materials list.

This event is sponsored by the Woodland Park Harvest Center, the Teller-Park Conservation District, and Aspen Valley Ranch.
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Harvest Center Garden & Greenhouse Tour

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The Harvest Center G & G Tour occurs 11:00 am – 3:00 pm August 15 & 16, 2015.  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 and a new community garden built in 2015.

Download maps: 2015G&Gtour_largemap or 2015HC Garden Greenhouse Tour August 15-16

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Hands on Sauerkraut Class

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See Mary Menz make her super delicious fermented salsa at the July 19 workshop.

Bring ingredients to AVR July 25 for her to guide you through a failsafe sauerkraut recipe! Free: 10am-noon.

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Preserving Food and Saving Seeds

Each year we offer a Food Preservation workshop in July. This year we will add a session on saving seeds.

Join us at the Woodland Park Library 1:30-3:30pm July 19 for this free workshop.

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Harvest Center booth at WP Farmers Market

IMG_5303Join the Harvest Center crew at Woodland Park’s Farmers Market July 17 to swap stories about high altitude gardening.  Learn what we hear is growing well under these unusual weather conditions and what isn’t fairing so well.  Look for us on the east side of the market in booth #51 next to Cafe Leo’s booth.

 

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Garden Above the Clouds Completed

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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.

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Great Progress at Garden Above the Clouds

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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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Carol Grievé: “The GMO & Leaky Gut Link”

Got leaky gut? Food allergies? Brain fog? It is estimated by many health practitioner that 80% of our population has some degree of it. Why is that? Learn what the symptoms are and what you can do to heal your gut. 70% of your immune system is in your gut so it makes sense to have a healthy microbiome (gut)! Saturday’s class on June 20 at 3:00pm at Mountain Naturals Community Market will be on GMOs and the Leaky Gut Connection. Sign up at the store or call 687-9851 to get on the list!

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Work Party at Garden Above the Clouds

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.

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Harvest Center Booth at WP Farmers Market

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.

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