Rain and snow in May set us up for a wonderful June Bloom - All the more food for the pollinators! Here are the News stories and Events for June 2017.
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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 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 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!

Other Noteworthy News:

Pueblo Zoo Buzzing to Protect Bees

- Community Garden for Young Offenders?

Thank You!
We would like to thank everyone for following LocalFood Pueblo and contributing in whatever ways you can. If you haven’t already please follow us on Facebook, check our website, and tell your friends about us. If you would like to help out more directly, you contact us to let us know how you’re interested in helping out. With gardening season in full swing, school and community gardens are currently seeking members and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer regularly at a Pueblo City Schools (District 60) school, the first step is to fill out a volunteer application agreement. It can be found on the district website at:  For District 70 or other schools please contact the school for information about volunteering.

Please check out the Pueblo Food Finder and the Master Gardener Help Line. The Pueblo Alliance for Food Access created the Food Finder to help people find food assistance in Pueblo. Feel free to print and share the flyers or list. Thank you!

Local Events

Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

  • Kaiser Permanente Farmers Market at the Riverwalk - Every Thursday from 4 PM to 8 PM from June 22 through September 14. 2017. Located at 125 Riverwalk Place in Pueblo (off the Riverwalk). For more information contact Christine Pittman by phone at 719-595-0242 or email at

  • St. Mary Corwin Farm Stand - Saturdays from 8 AM to 10:30 AM from June 24 through October 28, 2017. Located at the Flight For Life all-weather hangar in the West Lake Avenue parking lot, directly across from the hospital campus. Cash and SNAP and Double Up Food Bucks (EBT) accepted. Park around the back of the Flight for Life hanger and enter the farm stand at the back entrance. Please see flyer for more information.

  • Pueblo West Community Marketplace - Every Saturday from July 1 through October 7, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. 61 E Civic Center Dr in Pueblo West. Sponsored by he Farmers Marketeers, Inc.(an organization of Master Gardeners). There is room available for vendors. For more information call 719-251-8341.

  • El Pueblo Farmer’s Market - Every Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1 PM at the El Pueblo History Museum. It begins Saturday, July 15 and continues until October 14. Featuring only Colorado naturally grown produce and handmade products! If you are interested in being vendor you can fill out the form at:

Other Events
  • Free Youth Summer Lunch Program - At city and county schools & other locations

    • In Pueblo City Schools (District 60) free lunch for students is available Monday-Friday from June 12 to July 28 at most locations and June 5 to July 27 at Cesar Chavez Academy (excluding July 3 and 4). Anyone under 19 years old eats free; adults pay $3.50 each. See flyer for locations and details.

    • In Pueblo County (District 70) free lunch for students is available Monday-Friday, June 5 through July 28 excluding July 3 and 4. Anyone under 19 years old eats free; adults pay $2.50 each. See flyer for locations and details.

  • Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop - Saturday, June 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Cost is $40 for one person or $50 for a couple making one rain barrel. Registration deadline is Friday, June 9 (tomorrow!)

  • Home Hydroponics Workshop - Monday, June 26 from  5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Cost is $10 per person or $15 for couples sharing materials. Registration deadline is Friday, June 23

  • Herbs: Growing, Using and Preserving Herbs - Wednesday, June 28 from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Cost is $20 and includes a planter. Registration deadline is Friday, June 23.

  • Local Food Summit 2017 - Individuals that are dedicated to the localization of the food supply may be interested in this online summit from June 18 to June 28. The event will be hosted by Michael Brownlee and Lynette Marie Hanthorn, author and editor of the book published in 2016 titled “The Local Food Revolution: How Humanity Will Feed Itself in Uncertain Times”. Click here to learn more and sign up for the summit.

*Due to limitations in our newsletter platform (Mailchimp), we cannot show all of the great upcoming events within this email. However, we can link to a page that lists every event, so please click here to view them on our website - Thanks!
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