National Pollinator Month
June is National Pollinator Month and the week of June 19th through June 25th is National Pollinator Week. Click on the image below for more information or check out the Spring 2017 edition of the CSU Extension Pueblo County From the Ground Up Newsletter for more on bees and much more!
La Familia Community Garden
For the second year NeighborWorks Southern Colorado (NWSOCO), parent non-profit of LocalFood Pueblo, is sponsoring the La Familia Community Garden on 814 E 5th Street in Pueblo. This summer the crew at NWSOCO and other community gardeners will meet up every other Friday at the garden from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (weather permitting) to tend to the garden together. Our next gardening meet-up will be on Friday, June 16. Members of the community or other organizations are welcome to join us. Maybe you or others in your company or organization would like to garden as a team building or stress relieving activity. Please email (preferred) or call LocalFood Pueblo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-423-4642 with questions or information about yourself or your group. Thank you, and happy gardening!
Vineland Middle School Agriculture Program
Jessica Blunn with Earth Guardians Pueblo is assisting in the agriculture and permaculture program at Vineland Middle School this summer. Beginning on June 15 she and some students, a teacher or two, and some volunteers will meet at the school from 9 AM to 12 PM to work on the garden. Anyone with a passion for gardening or interested in learning and helping is welcome to join in. For questions or comments please contact Jessica by email at email@example.com or phone at 719-252-3961.
Oasis Mobile Home Park Community Garden
Tom Monroe manages a community garden at the Oasis Mobile Home Park on the south side of Pueblo. There is no charge to grow there, but he does ask that people be dedicated to it, very friendly, and open to sharing the produce with local veterans. If you live nearby and are interested in participating or know someone who is, please contact Tom for more information. His phone number is 719-248-8397.
Ben Franklin Elementary Heroes Garden
During the '16-'17 school year, Brenda Gomez, ESS teacher at Franklin, worked tirelessly to start Franklin Elementary’s first community garden. With the help of generous donors, the hard work of volunteers from our community and a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation, the Heroes garden became a reality. Some of the teachers and students at Franklin planted seeds in April as part of the Science Curriculum. The students from the Multiple Disabilities Program at Franklin assisted Ms. Gomez and her staff with planting seeds.They raised about 150 plants for a plant sale at the school. Many staff members and parents bought the plant starts and contributed to starting the garden. At the end of May, volunteers, teachers and students helped plant Pueblo Chili, Anaheim Peppers and sweet bell peppers in six raised beds. Ms. Gomez and the team at Franklin is planning to harvest chili peppers in August and host a green chili wrap sale. Assistant principal at Franklin, Dana Ditomaso-Junkman, will donate the use of a chili roaster and bushels green chili from Ditomaso Farms and assist with the chili wrap sale. The teachers, students and staff at Franklin are looking forward to the many benefits the garden can bring to the school and the community in the future!
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- Pueblo Zoo Buzzing to Protect Bees
- Community Garden for Young Offenders?