Students at CMS tend to crops growing in a hoophouse, raised beds, planters, and various other bed styles. They care for a 50+ tree heritage orchard and 2 acres of production space. CMS is the largest growing space of all of the gardens we have in Montezuma county. Students have the option to apply to be an intern for MSTFP in the summer. Throughout the program, they take on responsibilities of garden maintenance, learn the in’s and out’s of market farming, develop customer service skills, and so much more. CMS also houses AmeriCorps NCCC and FarmCorps during the summer. 


In 2019, an outdoor classroom pavilion was added to the education garden along with a smaller pavilion in the production field. These additions have made it easier for hands-on learning to take place as well as making the space more efficient. The outdoor classroom is equipped with a white board, benches, two sinks, and two tables. The space is perfect for teaching lessons, cleaning and processing produce, and providing shade on hot days. 



Come visit the Cortez Middle School garden!