Durango Farmers Market is back
Growing Spaces will be sponsoring the Durango Farmers Market again this year. The market is held every Saturday Morning from the second week in May to the last Saturday in October, 8am to noon (and 9am to noon in October) in the parking lot of TBK Bank, located at 259 W. 9th street, across from the City Transit Center. The Transit Center offers free parking on the weekends. Growing Spaces will be giving away Growing Dome swag, gardening gear, t-shirts, seed packets, tumblers, and chatting about year round food production and gardening on July 17th and 31st at 8:00 a.m.
The market is a venue for local agriculturalists, artisans, ready-to-eat, value-added, and service vendors to meet and share the fruits of their labor with the community in Durango and the other surrounding communities. We have quality vendors who fit into our theme of local production, sustainability, and healthy lifestyles. They also feature a different musician or band each week, with a few dance performances sprinkled into each season. Additionally, the market includes community groups who offer important information and ways to get involved in the local community. They also feature young agriculturalists in our Incubator Program, giving them a chance to get their start in local food production.
Products and Services-
- Produce: Fresh and Delicious! Locally grown veggies seasonally available.
- Meats: Beef, Pork, Goat, Chicken and Turkey. All locally and lovingly raised.
- Cheeses: Artisan cheese in a variety of flavors.
- Eggs: Chicken, quail and duck
- Mushrooms: Cultivated and Wild-crafted by Certified Mycologist.
- Fruit: Fresh and locally grown, seasonally available.
- Herbs: Culinary magic! Fresh and dried available.
- Vegetable and Flower starts.
- Flowers: Fresh Cut and starts.
- Chilies: Fresh available seasonally, fire roasted in late summer.
- Ready To Eat: Fresh Baked Muffins and Pastries, Pizza, Tacos, Fermented veggies, German-style bratwursts, and fresh food prepared on site with produce purchased from the vendors that morning!
- Beverages: Fresh Brewed Coffee, Juices, Kombucha, Wheat Grass Shots, Smoothie cups and bowls.
- Hand Crafted Artisan Goods: Lotions, Soaps, Balms, Tinctures, decorative and functional Pottery, Clothing, Jewelry, Cutting Boards, Wooden Toys, Hats, Felted toys and items, Yarn and Fibers, Reusable food bags, Original Art, Gift Items; and more!
- Services: Chair Massage; Acupuncture, Knife Sharpening
- Community Building: informational booths; live music every week; balloon creations for the kids!
A TRUE COMMUNITY MARKET ~ COME JOIN THE FUN! For more information go to DFM info
The San Luis Valley Seed Exchange
This fun and informative free community event will be hosted on Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18 from 10 am-5 pm at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa in Moffat, CO. You will have the opportunity to tour their beautiful 42′ Growing Dome. (pictured below)
Event Description: Celebrate spring with us. This annual Seed Exchange connects gardeners, seed producers, and the community over agricultural education and exchange. At its roots, the event is a community seed swap. Over the years, it has grown into an event dedicated to promoting sustainability in the San Luis Valley. This year’s theme is Food Sovereignty, Storage & Security. The event will feature a speaker series and panel discussions and many local vendors, a community seed swap table, and a few food vendors. This year, we will live stream the speaker series on Youtube and Facebook Live for those who would like to attend virtually.
More information: SLVSeedExchange.com.
Annual Earth Day Riverwalk Event
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
The Southwest Organization for Sustainability will host the 51st Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 24th from 11:00 am – 2pm.
The celebration will be held at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership’s (GGP) Geodesic Dome Greenhouse site along the San Juan River.
It will include craft vendors, craft activities for children, and, hopefully, a presence contributed to by important community members like you. This will be an alcohol-free event, held rain or shine.
GGP Expands Renewable Energy Campus with Novel Solar Designs
The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, a model of sustainability, is now powering their growing domes with the sun’s energy. Support for this project was provided by La Plata Electric Association and Dobson Solar. The unique solar panel design is the latest addition to the growing Renewable Energy Campus at Centennial Park in downtown Pagosa Springs.
Geodesic greenhouse extends growing season and learning opportunities for students
“For the past eight years HMS (Hastings Middles School) has had a three-quarter-acre garden space — which is just outside the dome.” – Jayson Stoddard In 2019 a hailstorm wiped out the garden, which prompted the Hastings community to ask what it could do to help. Their geodesic greenhouse is now fully underway. Read the full article on NTV abc
Look what’s growing in the domes
“Recently the FS|FE Coalition took a field trip to visit Growing Spaces, a local business in Pagosa Springs that offers geodesic dome greenhouse kits for controllable, sustainable year-round gardening.– FS|FE-NEWS
Our intention with the visit was to learn about what is able to be grown locally and how we could partner to bring fresh items to clients of the local food pantry network. Once on-site, we had the chance to take a tour of 4 different size geodesic domes that house the production of fresh vegetables and fruit like kale, chard, turnips, radishes, and even some figs!
Heather, our tour guide, explained to us that Growing Spaces had already pilot-tested the donation of fresh items to supplement the non-perishable food items typical in a standard food pantry box. Critical to the partnership is ensuring all the produce is kept fresh to enable the most nutritious product for community members. And that’s where the distribution center of the food pantry network comes in! The distribution center houses multiple large refrigerators to store fresh items.
Learn More & Help Support the Food System|Food Equity Coalition of Archuleta County, Colorado.
If you can’t make it to one of our events but are interested in touring a Growing Dome. Fill out the form below to request a personal tour in Golden or Pagosa Springs.