Food production bootcamp set for Saturday


It is already June, and time to decide: When am I going to start my garden? 

Local wisdom advises that you’re in the clear if you plant after the first full moon of June, which is June 21 (the second day of summer this year). Our rule of (green) thumb is based on the risk of getting a late frost one night in June. At the same time, this week and weekend we will be seeing temperatures nearing 90 degrees. 

Healthy Archuleta has something for everyone who wants to get their hands dirty.

This Saturday, there will be a food production bootcamp at the community gardens on the San Juan River next to the geothermal growing domes. 

Starting at 9 a.m., people will be given a chance to get hands-on experience with soil preparation and creating an irrigation system. The goal is for everyone to practice in the morning and be able to go home, eat lunch and start their summer garden. Our gardening expert will offer guidance as to how to avoid problems coming from any late spring frosts.

This event comes directly from requests by community members who attended the Archuleta Food Summit in May. As always, Healthy Archuleta is listening and poised to respond to the needs of our community. Our commitment to increasing local food production depends on everyone tending a garden this summer, if at all possible.

Come prepared with sun hat, gloves, water and to have a good time.

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