Mountain Food Growing 101 - May 11th
Mountain Food Growing 101 - with Penn and Cord -9am - 1pm
(AKA Growing Food For The High Mountains)
You can grow food in the mountains! Cord and Penn Parmenter are determined to say yes to mountain gardeners instead of no. Wind, hail, deer, bears, extreme temperatures, they’ve heard it all. The Parmenter’s have been growing organic food at 8,120 ft. since 1992 and their techniques and experiences apply to all Colorado’s elevations and hardships. The mountains have a long history of providing a large amount of food for the state.
This class will cover many great foods that thrive in the mountain’s cool weather, wind proof season extenders, hail covers, raised bed preparation, compost options against bears, crop rotation, companion planting, succession planting, vegetables for the shade, mulching, seed saving and more. Altitude doesn’t matter; this class is designed to help all gardeners overcome the wild, wild, west.
The Parmenter’s will also touch on their success with their totally sustainable water-storage solar greenhouses and vegetable seed starting using recycled materials.
Can’t you just taste those fresh, mountain grown succulent greens, beans, squash, Pac choi, and yes, even tomatoes, sweet corn and pumpkins! Come join us for a day of learning and inspiration. You can do it!
Wear clothes for all weather. Bring your own lunch or snacks and water bottle. It will either be hot or snowing, or something in between.
Classes will be held in the Blacksmith Shop by the wood stove, and/or in the Seed Room and/or in the Greenhouses and all classes will include a walking, talking, educational onsite tour of the subject. Scroll down for all class descriptions.
High-altitude seeds and Sustainable Greenhouse Plans will be available to purchase here.
Tip: Don't wear white and don't wear high heels... :)
Tobacco carries the Tobacco Mosaic Virus and all tobacco smokers must wash their hands with soap before entering any greenhouses or handling tomatoes. No smoking near the gardens. Smoking is limited to the parking lot.