Montezuma School to Farm Project
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The tables were turned in Dolores on Monday and Tuesday, when local kids harvested, prepared and then served meals to many area residents.
Learn more about Farm Corps: A regional collaboration between MSTFP and Southwest Conservation Corps.
Article by the Cortez Journal
Here is an update from the Montezuma school to farm project that we did a story on last week. The renovation of the Mesa School Environmental Learning Lab has grown and has many team members including the Southwest Conservation Corps and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. They have finished their structure of the tool shed, from last week, finished the painting now they are building seats around the interior of the pergola. Tuesday they were finishing building up the cob oven to be used to cook with. NEXT TUESDAY the will be planting the garden and they want to encourage THE PUBLIC to come out and help TUESDAY MORNINGS at 9 to 11 am!!!
Christian, 9, who attended the spring planting and harvest, said, “I like having a garden at my school because I get to learn about all sorts of things outside. We learn about weather, what living things need to survive, how to cook, how to conserve water, and how Native Americans grew food a long time ago. In the classroom, I sometimes have a hard time staying focused, but in the garden, I feel more comfortable. I feel calm, and I like learning. The garden teaches me how to take care of things.”
Check out what the Montezuma School to Farm group and Southwest Conservation Corps are doing! This is the second elementary school in the area taken on by the Montezuma School to Farm. They are revitalizing a 30 year old environmental learning lab that was set up for kids to use. They are installing a garden, and painting the pergola, building a tool shed, collecting rain water, and they are going to have an adobe oven. Community volunteers can come out on Tuesday Mornings from 9 am to 11 am to participate. Great Job kids and staff.
Article by the Washington Post
Students from Kemper Elementary School recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant a garden at the White House. Big Fat Farm Show host Kellie Pettyjohn talked with Danyel Mezzanato of the Montezuma School To Farm Project and one of the Kemper Elementary School students about how this opportunity came to be, and what the students got to experience on this journey.
In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Kellie Pettyjohn talks with Radiance Beals and Shay Allred from the Four States Ag Expo about what visitors can expect at the event this year, and also Christine Foote of the Montezuma School To Farm Project about their C.A.L.F. education program that will be featured at the Ag Expo this year.
In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Gunther Hardt, an aquaponics expert, and Kelli Meeker, an Americorps member serving with the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about a new aquaponics system that has been installed at the Dolores schools, and how the system works to raise fish in a symbiotic relationship with hydroponic food crops.
Sometime during the night of Sunday, May 24th, vandals uprooted the heritage fruit trees in the Montezuma School To Farm orchard at Cortez Middle School. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Syverson, the Director of the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about what happened, how the community responded, and how these incidents provide a chance for restorative justice.
The Montezuma School to Farm Project works to connect our region's farming heritage with school students to help them understand agriculture and where our food comes from. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Danyel Mezzanatto and Christine Foote from the Montezuma School to Farm Project about how they became associated with the project through Americorps, how they are working with area school kids to teach them about food and farming, and what to expect at their upcoming fundraiser, the 3rd Annual Spring Hoedown.
Experiential learning, where kids can achieve understanding through hands-on projects, is perfectly suited for school gardens and curriculum that can extend beyond the classroom. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Erin Bohm, Mancos School Garden Coordinator and Experiential Learning Manager for the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about how school gardens are being used to enhance a wide variety of learning, and why it is important in today's education environment.
Students from the Kemper Elementary School Garden, a program of the Mancos Conservation District's @Montezuma_School_to_Farm Project in Cortez, Colorado, also planted and harvested with the First Lady at the White House this year. With a strong indigenous and agricultural heritage, Kemper students learn classroom content through experiential education while using native seeds and practices and focusing on soil and water conservation. Christian, 9, who attended the spring planting and harvest, said, "I like having a garden at my school because I get to learn about all sorts of things outside. We learn about weather, what living things need to survive, how to cook, how to conserve water, and how Native Americans grew food a long time ago. In the classroom, I sometimes have a hard time staying focused, but in the garden, I feel more comfortable. I feel calm, and I like learning. The garden teaches me how to take care of things." Another student who came to the White House to help plant and harvest, Gael, 9, told us what he loves about his school garden: "My favorite thing about the garden is cooking and trying new foods. This year we got to cook quesadillas with vegetables from the garden, press apple cider, and make rainbow smoothies, soups, and salads." Sounds delicious!