The Mancos School Garden first welcomed students to its outdoor learning space in 2009. In its modest beginnings, two raised beds and a circle of wooden benches comprised the full classroom. Students started using the space regularly, and with the dedicated help of our skilled interns and volunteers, the growing spaces expanded. Fast-forward to the present: raised beds with season extension capabilities fill the foreground, perennials and row crops extend into unused field space, suspended growing containers creep into the vertical spaces, and it doesn’t stop there. A shed constructed by the high school construction class holds seeds, garden tools, cooking equipment, and other supplies, and a long work table provides a surface for everything from cooking demos to vegetable processing. In 2016, MSTFP collaborated with NCCC team Alpine 2 to install a high tunnel on the school grounds and further expand the garden’s production capacity.
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2016 mancos high tunnel installation
In the summer of 2016 MSTFP partnered with Alpine 2, an AmeriCorps NCCC team, to complete this installation. To create a level site for this infrastructure, our teams built a retaining wall and hauled 55 tons of dirt in - no small task at all. This new growing space will greatly increase the amount of food the garden site can produce annually. [thanks to the mancos food share, and all of the other donors]