Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Fat City Farmers offers you and your school FREE workshops to make food and garden education exciting, dynamic and tasty.
All workshops are hands-on. You will do the activities that you can then bring to your students. Take home full lesson plans. Harvest good health, and excited, engaged, caring students.
Math Science Literacy Food Garden Management
Thursday September 19, 4:00 - 5:30 at the Roaring Fork High School Garden, Carbondale CO
Dr. Illene Pevec ~ 970.274.1622 ~ to register
Download the RFV School Gardens Report 2013
"Sowing the Seeds of Success"
Monday, October 15, 2012
We are in transition from building this wonderful facility to managing it sustainably for the indefinite future. Our strategy for doing this includes three elements. First, we are working with the RE-1 School District, the Rotary Club and Carbondale restaurants to help us create "Enterpise Teams" of students to raise certain herbs and vegetables for restaurant kitchens, as small businesses, complete with business plans, food safety training and enterprises possible under the new Colorado Cottage Foods Law. Second, we are partnering with Youth Entity and their culinary arts program for high school students, toward establishing model relationships between young growers and chefs, to inspire all of the students to establish business networks for their passion to grow high quality food. Third, we are working to gather a group of Carbondale gardeners, to help design, plan and create a "Community Forest Garden on the eastern half of the RFHS outdoor garden, where we have already planted an orchard of fruit trees. We hope this will become a new model of community garden, one based on Natures "polyculture" methods, and focused on shared work and harvests.
Please download the slideshow we created to help us inspire help in the community, by clicking HERE.
Finally, we are looking for a partner to invest in a tiny enterprise involving our ag-bio students, of raising fish in the growing dome fish tanks. Until now, the tanks have been filled with water and floating plants, just to help provide the mass in which we store solar heat for cold nights in Winter. We hope this will be a healthy, thriving enterprise, providing fresh fish to restaurants and the school kitchen.
Monday, October 17, 2011
RFHS Science Teacher
Friday, October 14, 2011
|RFHS Grain Trials, Summer 2011|
Some of the produce harvested from the dome and garden this Summer was sold to the Carbondale Food Coop, our first earned income!
Most of the vegetables and grains raised in the garden this Summer were harvested and integrated into the cafeteria kitchen, or processed and frozen for later use. Two Aspen High School graduates, volunteering at the Permaculture Institute before attending Prescott College for agricultural sciences, harvested the rye and the hard red winter wheat grains, threshing the grains from the chaff using a push mower on a mesh picnic table, with a sheet of plywood underneath to collect the grains. They netted nearly 50 lbs of rye and wheat.
Mary Cervantes did a great job with the plants in the Growing Dome and Garden last school year and this Summer, and she left everything is good condition for her successor.
Hadley Hentschel and his students have been putting the outside beds into hibernation mode for Winter, after mulching lots of decaying plant material over the soil, to enrich them for next year. The annual beds in the dome have been harvested, mulched and replanted with Winter greens and vegetables.
|Spring 2011 - Beginning the outside garden|
|Salad greens, Summer 2011|
|Wheat and Rye|
|Annuals and Grain north of the Grow Dome|
|Annuals garden south of the Grow Dome|
|Sunflowers and salad greens|
|Edible flowers and herbs in the Grow Dome|
|Jerome Osentowski inspects plant health in the Grow Dome|
|Fava beans from the Grow Dome, Spring 2011|
|Planting beds in the Grow Dome|
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Ixchel and Jordan hang wire shelves that were donated by Habitat for Humanity. Students will use these shelves for flats of propagating seeds, and for culinary herbs grown in small pots.