2017 Workshops

Conservation Workshop Series

Conservation Workshop SeriesThe La Plata Conservation District and The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado are partnering to provide education about soil & water conservation and sustainable agriculture.

We aim to inspire youth and adults to become stewards of our natural resources by exposing them to sustainable agriculture and soil and water conservation, thereby building our local agricultural capacity in the long run. Together we can improve the climate resiliency and food security of our community.

Why is this important?

  • La Plata County has a rich agricultural heritage, but interest in agriculture needs encouragement among younger generations.
  • Local farmers and landowners can have some of the largest impact on soil and water conservation in our region through proper sustainable agriculture practices.
  • Each year, weather patterns, water levels and snowpack are becoming increasingly unpredictable in SW Colorado.

By educating our county about conservation, people will know more about sustainable agriculture and soil & water conservation, will understand the importance,and will be inspired to put that knowledge into practice.

Conservation Workshop SeriesJoin us for a FREE monthly workshop series exploring the importance of soil and water conservation from a practical, economical and sustainable viewpoint. Workshops are available for farmers, landowners, backyard & community gardeners, and the general public.

These workshops are provided free for the community through a grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board Natural Resources Matching Grants Program.

Additionally through this grant, youth will be engaged in order to develop environmental stewardship practices from an early age through school garden programs.


Space is limited, pre-registration required.

Note: workshops will be held at various locations. Please see specific workshop pages for details and directions.

Click the name of the workshop for more information on the workshop!

Gardening 101
Description:This presentation will get you ready for the garden season with essentials like soil health, seed selection, garden design, and info on the SW CO/Durango climate, and more.
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Location: The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Speaker: Keoki Moore, Shared Harvest Community Garden

Natural Horse Habitat
Description: This workshop is for anyone interested in learning about developing a Natural Horse Habitat. A Natural Horse Habitat is designed to mimic your animals’ most natural state while utilizing your land in a way that creates positive environmental outcomes.
Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Speaker: Petra Christensen

Homegrown Herbs
Description: Become more familiar with the plants around you in your garden and yard. Book signing event and garden walk.
Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Speaker: Author Tammi Hartung

Native Food Sovereignty
Description: Bring a “sense of place and time” to your food through an exploration of pre-colonial methods of cooking, acquiring food, and Native American food traditions.
Date: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: The Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Speaker: Chef M. Karlos Baca

Garden Troubleshooting
Description: Covers a plethora of common garden hang-ups including plant diseases, how to get your tomatoes to ripen, and some DIY season extension for backyard gardeners.
Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Speaker: Darrin Parmenter, CSU Extension for La Plata County

Alternatives to Honey Bees & Cover Crops
Description: This workshop speaks to how bees can save our food and gardens and discusses how to raise “gentle native” solitary bees to optimize our garden’s potential. Local experts will share their experiences in raising Spring Mason and Summer Leafcutter Native bees. This will be a hands on learning experience!
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2016
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: La Plata Fairgrounds, Animas Room Room
Speaker: Ted Creighton, La Plata Conservation District Supervisor of Educational
Outreach and Sherry Bowman, La Plata Conservation District Supervisor of Grants and Contracts

Tool Care
Description: Learn how to make your tools last so they can do their job.
Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: Ohana Kuleana Community Garden
Speaker: Brooke Frazer, Manna Soup Kitchen Garden Coordinator

Tree Care
Description: This workshop will be focused around the care and maintenance of seedling trees. The last part of the workshop will discuss alternative methods for deer and elk fencing.
Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2017
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: Animas Valley Grange
Speaker: Ryan Cox or Kent Grant, CO State Forest Service