Adopt a Fruit Tree: Salida School Gardens Fundraiser! - Sat. May 30, 10am-2pm

edited May 2015 in Announcements

Guidestone Colorado hosts Fruit Tree Planting and Fundraiser at the Salida School Gardens: Holman Farm Site on Saturday May 30th from 10am-2pm.

Celebrate spring, community, and good food and help us plant and expand the fruit tree orchard at the Salida School Gardens: Holman Farm Site on Saturday May 30th from 10am-2pm! We are seeking individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations to adopt a tree by helping to cover the cost of purchase and maintenance of these trees over time. This is a great opportunity to invest in a community project that will literally bear fruit for years and years to come!

Adopt-a-Tree - levels are: Green adopter: $25 (prepares the soil for the orchard!) Bronze adopter: $75 (helps to purchase and plant the trees!) Silver adopter: $125 (adopts a tree for the 2015 season) Gold adopter: $250 (adopts the orchard for the 2015 season) Platinum adopter: $500 (adopts the orchard and garden for 2015) Garden Sustainer: $1,000 (supports the Garden and capacity building for the Farm to School Initiative)

You can participate in the adoption by clicking HERE to sponsor in advance or by joining on site at the event. We will be planting apple, plum, apricot, and pear trees! Whether you sponsor or not, we would still love your help in preparing and planting them! Refreshments and kids activities will be provided.

The Fruit Tree Planting & Fundraiser event will also be your chance to meet an inspiring group of young people devoting two weeks of their time in service to Salida with Guidestone Colorado. Through a partnership with the Conservation Legacy AmeriCorps VISTA Program, Guidestone Colorado will host an > AmeriCorps NCCC Team May 17 – June 2. Comprised of nine young adults between the ages of 18-24, the Team will be volunteering their labor to two community sites in Salida that Guidestone Colorado manages: the Salida School Gardens, Holman Ave. Site and the Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center on Hwy. 50.

_We hope you’ll join us on May 30 for the Fruit Tree Planting & Fundraiser from 10am-2pm! The Salida School Gardens, Holman Farm Site is located on Holman Ave. in Salida by the soccer fields and dog park. _

About the Salida School Gardens:

Managed by Guidestone Colorado, the Salida School Gardens, Holman Farm Site has been developed since 2012 in partnership with the Salida School District and LiveWell Chaffee County to include just under an acre of production on School District land that is home to an orchard, raised and in-ground beds, a tool shed, a poly-house and nineteen 150’ long production rows. The full 4-acre site is fenced for deer protection, and ready for further expansion. Approximately 3,000 lbs. of garden produce has been incorporated into district cafeteria meals thus far. Produce is also sold through local markets to help support the program.Additionally, the garden is used as an outdoor classroom for many hands-on, experiential, environmental education-based learning opportunities with the Salida School District and greater community. Guidestone Colorado uses sustainable and innovative agricultural practices in production and education.

About Guidestone Colorado:

Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to growing a vibrant agricultural future in Colorado through education, community building and partnerships. Based in Salida at the Historic Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center, Guidestone serves the communities of the Arkansas River Valley and aspiring farmers and ranchers statewide through Colorado Land Link, Farmhands Education Programs, and the Farm to School Initiative.

For more information about Guidestone Colorado or the Salida School Gardens Program, contact Margaret Fitch, Director, Farm to School Initiative at [email protected] or Jennifer Visitacion, Executive Director at [email protected]

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