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Lifestyle Letter

Blooming Where You're Planted

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hat does home mean to you? What about community, neighbors, or friends?

In the five years that my husband and I have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley, we’ve thought a lot about what these words mean to us. We spent our twenties bouncing from place to place, exploring what the world had to offer, and found ourselves here unexpectedly in 2012. Following the typical path that many young transplants walk in the valley, we found an apartment we couldn’t really afford, started new jobs, and ended many long days at the dinner table questioning whether we could make it here long-term.

APRIL 2017 PUBLISHER

Rick French | RFrench@LifestylePubs.com 970-618-8981 EDITOR

Caitlin Causey | Caitlin.Causey@LifestylePubs.com MANAGING EDITOR

Nicolette Toussaint | Ntoussaint@LifestylePubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Caitlin Causey, Lynn Dwyer, Bridget Grey, Nicolette Toussaint, Genevieve Joelle Villamizar CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jeanne Beckley, David Clifford, Mike Cuseo, Doug Fuechsel,

Although we started out on a wing and a prayer, we are now doing our best to get settled and lay down some roots. We've purchased a fixer-upper in downtown Glenwood (ask me about our plumbing woes!), spent countless hours in our marvelous natural surroundings, volunteered, and developed relationships with new friends, colleagues, and neighbors. We support local organizations and businesses as often as possible. We have a dog from CARE. And nowadays, it seems we can’t even run to the grocery store without bumping into a familiar face.

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I say all of this not to suggest that we’re something special; I say this because our community itself is something special. The two of us just showed up and started following everyone else’s lead: taking what comes our way, and endeavoring to make it a little better than we found it. What we discovered in the process is a community deeply engaged in family, friendship, neighborhood involvement, and service to others—all the good stuff in life. As the new editor of Roaring Fork Lifestyle, I hope to continue the magazine’s focus on all the ordinary, extraordinary people who make this corner of Colorado what it is. My predecessor Nicolette Toussaint set the bar high, and although I know I have some big shoes to fill, I will strive to carry on the celebration of community that she has filled these pages with for more than two years. First up is the April issue, dedicated to the local farm-to-table movement that has been percolating in our valley for years.

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April 2017

Departments

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Publisher’s Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Food & Wine

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Open House

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Realty Report

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Locally Owned

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Lifestyle Calendar

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Parting Thoughts

Entertain Indoors or Out in This Sunny Cure for Spring Fever

32 Backyard Goodness

Tips for Growing Your Own Organic Produce

42 Planting the Seeds of the Future

Praise for Everything “Springing Fresh from the World”

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Publisher’s Letter

A Transition of Talent

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any of our readers know that we are transitioning between editors at Roaring Fork Lifestyle. My friend and highly respected journalist, Nicolette Toussaint, is moving on to new opportunities. These opportunities include pursuing an artist’s residency, travel, and spending more time with her husband and best friend Mason. Nicolette will continue to have an important presence as a writer with the magazine. You are hopefully familiar with her work as a talented journalist, but she is also an incredible artist. I have seen several pieces of her work featuring nature scenes, some of which hang in the Colori Gallery & Studios in Basalt. I am confident that Nicolette will remain highly engaged in the local community, and I look forward to seeing where her passions take her next.

Her new responsibilities include researching topics for community-focused articles about the people, organizations, and businesses that make this valley so unique. She will also continue to share her talents each month as a gifted writer. And for those of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting Caitlin in person yet, you have something to look forward to. Not only does she bring communication skills and unbelievable enthusiasm to her new role as editor, but a smile that lights up the room. Please welcome Caitlin and her husband, Hunter. If you have article ideas or would just like to congratulate her on her new position, you can reach Caitlin by email at caitlin.causey@ lifestylepubs.com.

With the April issue, I would like to introduce our new editor Caitlin Causey. You already know Caitlin as one of our premier writers, who has shared her talents in Roaring Fork Lifestyle for the past two years. She comes to the magazine with a background in the arts and nonprofit work, and has contributed essays and articles to a variety of regional publications.

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Good Times

Youth Poetry Slam

In February, Aspen Words hosted its fourth annual Youth Poetry Slam at the Third Street Center, with spoken word performances by local high school students. This community event was the culmination of two weeks of intensive poetry workshops held in schools from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL STEVENS.

The winners. 3rd place: Owen, 2nd place: Beverly, Visiting poets Logan Phillips, Toluwanimi Nicole Stanton and Jamie Kravitz of Aspen Words. 1st place: Eric. Obiwole, Mercedez Holtry, and Myrlin Hepworth.

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Good Times

Cirque d'Sopris

Carbondale Arts presented Cirque d'Sopris in February, featuring the talents and fashion designs of young Roaring Fork Valley creatives. For this year's theme, "7th Generation Rising," local youth explored what life could look like after the environment has drastically changed. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TYLER STABLEFORD.

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Around Town

AROUND TOWN

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Carbondale's 5Point Adventure Film Festival returns for its 10th

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"Intimate yet inclusive, the laid-back vibe of our festival is a direct

ing $71,000 in 2016. A range of partner organizations from across the

reflection of its birthplace, the Carbondale community."

valley received funds or event rental donations, including Aspen Valley

For a decade, the festival has served as a nexus of the creative and outdoor communities, guided by its  five core principles of respect, commitment, humility, purpose, and balance. Its mission seeks to

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amazing organizations to help make a difference in our community.

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opportunities to people in our local community. We are so proud to

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work together toward a better and brighter future.”

VALLEY SETTLEMENT BECOMES STAND-ALONE NONPROFIT, NAMES LEADERSHIP TEAM Valley Settlement, formerly a project of the Manaus Fund known as the Valley Settlement Project, recently established itself as an indepen-

GCE chair and Parachute town administrator Stuart McArthur

dent organization. The initial project, started in 2012, has seen signifi-

said that a request for proposals was sent to auto dealers serving

cant expansion in recent years and will now operate with its own ded-

the three counties in January. Since many auto manufacturers are

icated board of directors and new executive director, Jon Fox-Rubin.

now producing plug-in electric vehicles, GCE was looking forward

Board president Ellen Freedman commented, "We are excited to have

to widespread participation. The program, called “Electric Vehicle

recruited an outstanding board of directors with representation from our

Sales Event: REV Up Your Ride,” is scheduled to run from April 1

key community partners including Rob Stein (Superintendent, Roaring

through June 30. See GarfieldCleanEnergy.org for program details.

Fork School District) and Richard Gonzales (General Counsel, Colorado

WILDERNESS WORKSHOP SEEKS SUMMER INTERN

Mountain College). Other members have deep experience in the education, nonprofit, and social justice arenas: Elaine Berman, Jamie Helzberg, Paula Nickell, Rob Pew, Rabbi David Segal, and Patti Stranahan.”

Applications are now being accepted for a summer internship

The nonprofit's programming will continue to serve local Latino

position with nonprofit Wilderness Workshop, which acts as the con-

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BLUE LAKE PRESCHOOL FUNDRAISER The community is invited to help support affordable local childcare at Blue Lake Preschool's annual fundraiser on Friday, April 7 from 6-10 p.m. Blue Lake Preschool is a board-governed nonprofit organization and licensed childcare provider that strives to enrich the lives of children and their families in the Roaring Fork Valley. Tickets for their adults-only event, "Date Through the Year," are $25

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in advance or $30 at the door. The fundraiser, held at The Gathering Center at The Orchard in Carbondale, will feature a silent auction, door prizes, dancing, music by DJ Dylan, a photo booth, food, and drinks. Contact Michelle or Savanna at 970.963.4380 for more information.

CARBONDALE ARTS R2 GALLERY PROPOSALS Carbondale Arts is now welcoming R2 Gallery proposals for the 2018 calendar year. The deadline for receipt of proposals is May 1. Proposals may be for an exhibition of an artist's own work, or a group show ( juried or invitational). Two- and three-dimensional works, as well as video installations, will be considered. Download a proposal form in the Artist Resources section at CarbondaleArts. com, email gallery manager Brian Colley at Brian@CarbondaleArts.

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The trail resource website's founder Preston Files noted, "The ROFO Fund’s goal is to get people involved in giving back, even if that’s as simple as clicking a button. We hope that by sharing some of the projects that our amazing local land, river, trail, and outdoor education nonprofits are trying to accomplish, we have inspired more people to get involved and give something back to this place we all call home: the Roaring Fork Valley." The ROFO Fund is a donor-advised fund through the Aspen Community Foundation. The winning Rock Bottom Ranch garden project will serve as a place for children and families to explore the origins of food and inspire a lifelong connection with nature through hands­-on experiences and play. The  garden will allow kids to use their imaginations to create their own connections with plants, water, science, and healthy food. Planned garden features include childlevel raised beds, an animal nursery, a kids' water pump, pollinator gardens, a birds and bugs area, and more.

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Food & Wine

Liquid Gold in

SNOWMASS WILD BEAR BEE FARM PUTS PURPOSE AND THE FLAVOR OF PLACE INTO HONEY JARS ARTICLE GENEVIÈVE JOËLLE VILLAMIZAR PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS STONER

What is goodness? Pondering this question, the honey-making family behind Wild Bear Bee Farm in Snowmass recently presented to the Cornerstone Classical School in Basalt. Co-owner Chris Stoner looked to scripture for answers. For her, the Bible’s teachings “show that God cares about how we behave. He expects us to be good stewards of His creation.” Indeed, her family business has worked hard to uphold this expectation. The Stoner family’s life on a cattle ranch near St. Benedict’s Monastery at 8,400 feet means living in concert with the earth and all of God’s creatures. To be good stewards of the interlaced land, flora, and fauna is a moral enterprise. Both the monastery and ranch are herbicide and pesticide-free. The Stoners slay noxious weeds mechanically, recognizing that most are in fact critical forage. They also manage predators—ferocious wasps, hungry bears, mites—humanely. “We monitor our hives weekly,” Stoner explains. “If we see even three mites in a sample, we can act preventatively, instead of using a miticide.” Despite the biblical connotations of a name like Stoner, each family member works with a gentle hand. Wild Bear Bee Farm is a small family-run business. “I don’t want to expand; I want it to stay local. I don’t want it to take over,” Stoner says. The family manages more than 200 hives with 30,000-60,000 bees each, on farms and ranches from Emma to Aspen. With a staff of approximately six million worker bees, Stoner jokes that she is the largest employer in the valley! And with phenological waves of native flora acting as the secret behind regional flavor, Wild Bear Bee Farm hopes to produce a superior product. Stoner reports:

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• It’s unheated. “This is the most important quality of our honey. Unheated honey retains all of the nutrients and enzymes that the bees add to the honey. Don’t nuke it,” she admonishes. “Otherwise, it’s just another sweetener.” • It’s unfiltered. “Allowing more pollen to stay in the honey makes the honey healthier.” • It’s raw. “Pure honey straight from the hive. Nothing added—ever.” Wild Bear bottles four distinct honeys, reflecting the spirit of place inherent to each. Emma offers the flavor of a barrel-chested stout akin to molasses, and Basalt and Aspen produce more familiar, mellow amber honeys. Hives near St. Benedict’s give rise to what the family deems “holy honey,” Stoner says, a nearly clear, delicate variety that some might consider to be ambrosia. In addition to honey, Wild Bear Bee Farm harvests pollen and propolis, believed by many natural healers to have beneficial health properties. The company also handcrafts lip balm and beeswax candles. Products can be found at the Aspen and Basalt farmers markets, small local shops, and at WildBearBeeFarm.com.

Hives at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass.

Liquid gold.

Chris Stoner selling the farm's honey at market.

Todd Stoner tending his bees.

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Open House

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Uncork

the wine, light the grill, and call up your friends and family: this River Valley Ranch showstopper was built to entertain. Test your culinary prowess in the roomy chef ’s kitchen while guests enjoy the main floor’s spacious open floor plan. Is warm springtime weather beckoning the group outside, or is it just the spectacular view of Mount Sopris? Either way, head outside  to take it all in for a lovely evening on the patio or by the cozy fire pit. Once the crowd has departed after a last sip of wine, return indoors to relax and enjoy this home’s tall ceilings, amazing finishes, stunning woodwork, and beautiful stone fireplace. Retire to your main-floor master suite for a good night’s rest, while extending a hand of Western hospitality to any overnight visitors with their own private guest master suite nearby. Whether your family and your guest list is small or large, this valley home accommodates effortlessly. Already dreaming of that first gathering here? This property in Carbondale’s desirable RVR community is available from listing agents Rod and Sarah Woelfle of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate. Call Rod at 970.279.7612 or Sarah at 970.279.7613, or visit MasonMorse.com.

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FARM-TO-TABLE Fresh

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ifting the seedling to your mouth, you marvel at its perfection: an achingly green, luminous sprout with a pubescent white root. It’s still alive. Liquid spurts across your tongue as its flesh bursts, and lingering notes of flavor hint at summer, earth, and mystery. What was that? Certainly not the standard fare that many of us have grown accustomed to purchasing in the grocery store—vaguely green stuff grown on laser-leveled megafarms in California, irrigated with Colorado water, cut and packaged seven days ago, shipped 800 miles across a desert in refrigerated trucks, and finally, at last, distributed from a warehouse through a foodservice conglomerate. And it doesn’t stop there. Communities the world over are losing their own unique culinary identities to chain restaurants, corporations, and big box stores. Many have lost faith in our food. But wait—remember the taste of that seedling? Underground, a  movement of back-to-the-landers has slowly been reclaiming American agriculture for more than 30 years. Small farms have mushroomed across the landscape, from Brooklyn’s blighted lots to rooftops in Manhattan, and from CONTINUED >

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FARM-TO-TABLE FRESH (CON TI N U ED)

Basmati Salad with valleygrown greens at True Nature's Sangha Kitchen.

Photo: Draper White

school yards in Oakland to wineries in Napa. The movement has long found a home in the Roaring Fork Valley, as well. For chef Andreas Fischbacher of Allegria in Carbondale, it's a culinary dream come true. “I grew up on a self-sustaining farm in Austria. We had ten heads to feed. I live in Missouri Heights now. I ride my motorcycle, pick up some meat, pick up some produce, it’s a cool commute.” Armed with such local goods, the ballsy, enterprising chefs like Fischbacher are braving the here-and-gone nature of restaurants with finely curated, unique dining experiences. Their menus are familiar but fresh, tapping into deeply-rooted, regional fare. Fischbacher started buying local farm produce from a Paonia hippie  when he worked at The Meadows in Aspen in the early 1990s, and hasn't looked back. Farm-to-table, field-to-fork, call it what you want—but this relationship didn’t just happen on its own. Many attribute the local phenomenon to the Harvard-educated gospel and grit of Jack Reed, a champion of small local farms. Also known as Farmer Jack, he spent the better part of a decade assembling a network of over 50 Western Slope farms. He was a common sight in kitchens up and down the valley. “The best thing about all of this is a resurgence in small farms, with big farmers, locally,” says Mark Fischer, of Pullman  and Town  fame. “The options continue to grow. And we find ourselves aligning with a few more growers every year that tailor their crops to our needs and wants.” Fischer adds that field-to-fork does, however, have its challenges. “It’s not the most convenient way to run a restaurant,” he admits.

“PRODUCT ARRIVES DIRTY, UNSORTED, UNBUTCHERED, AND TOTALLY UNLIKE THE BOXED, WASHED, TAGGED STUFF WE GREW UP WITH. BUT IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, IF TASTE AND FLAVOR IS REMOTELY IMPORTANT IN WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE.”

Dos Gringos fish tacos with local veggies.

Photo: David Clifford

Shaved autumn vegetable salad at Town. Photo: Josh Oakley

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Dos Gringos is a local favorite that’s found its stride as a social crossroads, serving everyone from athletes to activists. As such, owner Nelson Oldham fields other issues. “Often the customers who would like to see these products in the food are taken aback at the price we need to charge to make it viable. The Whole Foods customers who are very willing to pay a premium do not make up enough of the market in Carbondale yet.” But Oldham works with it because he believes in it. “All that said, we are using some local products consistently. Potatoes, beans, sunflower greens, onions, and honey are our staples. The main reason we use this food is because the flavor is definitely a lot better. Taste tests are quite remarkable between food from Paonia and commercial food delivered by a large vendor. The quality is higher and there’s no spraying, dyeing, or radiating needed to survive cross-docking and the many hand-offs between the field and the table.”   With 150 years of farming heritage, Potter Farms is one local supplier that raises organic beef, pork, chicken and lamb the old-fashioned, warm and fuzzy way. “In Ag class,” owner Justina Potter learned, “if you work really hard, make all the right decisions, and the weather cooperates, you have the potential of making hundreds of dollars a year! With small-scale farming, if you are doing it to get rich, you missed the point. This is not just a business; it is our way of life.”


Justina and Ted Potter of Potter Farms.

Miso cured bass with local veg at Town.

Photo: Josh Oakley

Potter Farms cattle scan the horizon.

Dos Gringos summer salad.

Photo: George Hendrix

Potter Farms products, found on menus valley-wide, rises to the challenges of field-to-fork. “We asked and listened to what people wanted, likes and dislikes about local food. We found they wanted good-tasting, high-quality, healthy, fresh, truly local food at a reasonable price," Potter says. As field-to-fork has grown, there are insiders who say it’s so watered down that  it means very little. But, it depends on the heart of the chef. Tucked away in the Little Napa district between Satank and Carbondale  stands Silo, an establishment  of “simple farm-to-table American cuisine.” Its delicious simplicity attracts a cult following, and chef Lacy Hughes is indeed a beacon for local growers like Erin Cuseo, who has farmed since 2009. Cuseo is able to sell surplus produce from her CSA farm, Erin’s Acres, to Silo. “Lacy’s not looking for ‘three-months-of-20pounds-of-something’ each week. Nor is she looking for one committed farmer an entire season,” Cuseo says. “She’s willing to shop from farm to farm. She’s looking for solutions that make it possible for small local farmers like us to sell our produce.” As a proponent for farms and seasonal cooking, Mark Hardin’s catering service Field 2 Fork Kitchen is aptly named. Known for the vibrant menu he created at Carbondale Beerworks a few years ago, Hardin now works with True Nature, Carbondale’s popular yoga studio, spa, and tea room. He’s driven by the pleasure of working with locally-sourced product; he wants it to be affordable and enjoyed by many. “I put a lot of effort into monitoring costs. A little bit of creativity can go a long way when it comes to working with what you have. That’s the benefit of working with local farms and being able to adapt seasonally,” he notes. With True Nature, Hardin will focus on healthy, organic grab-and-go lunch items. For a more immersive treat, consider one of Field 2 Fork's catered farm dinners held at locations such as Sustainable Settings. These festive feasts harvest ingredients from field and pasture, and serve them up with local libations and music. The events include farm tours. Hardin wants “people to leave with a better understanding of what they are getting when food is grown the way it should be.” So how can we keep farm-to-table in our valley? In Oldham’s view, “it will take a significant shift in consumer consciousness to take the next step.” Take this a few fun steps further than a financial commitment. Grow your community connections—befriend local chefs and farmers. Remember the taste of that seedling? Invest in your valley, one sensuous bite at a time. April 2017 | Roaring Fork Lifestyle

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RECENTLY SOLD PROPERTIES OVER $500,000

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Sopris Mesa

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Glenwood Springs

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59%

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Park East

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96%

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Sustainable Settings (Carbondale) · SustainableSettings.org · Rose@SustainableSettings.org Established nearly 20 years ago by husband-and-wife team Brook and Rose LeVan, Sustainable Settings has become a pillar of the sustainable agriculture community in the valley and beyond. The working ranch and learning center is a Demeter-certified biodynamic operation, offering an established 19-week CSA for about 40 members each year. “We are what is called ‘beyond organic,’” says Rose LeVan. “Organic standards have loosened over the years, but our Demeter certification ensures we are doing things the right way.” CSA members receive vegetables from the farm but can add eggs or meat including beef, lamb, pork, or chicken for an additional cost. Sustainable Settings also offers raw dairy through its herd share program, where members sign up for fractional ownership of a cow in exchange for weekly portions of milk. Email Rose for sign-up details.


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Peach Valley CSA Farm (New Castle/Silt) · PeachValleyCSA.com · pvcsawco@rof.net Situated at the base of the majestic Grand Hogbacks, Peach Valley CSA Farm’s gardens, orchards, and fields are tended primarily by hand and kept alive by waters flowing down from the Flat Tops. The farm has supplied the valley vicinity with produce via its classic-model CSA since the 1990s, making it the longest-running program around. “We do sort of a traditional approach,” says farm founder Ken Kuhns. “We take on about 100 member families at the beginning of the growing season.” Full and half shares are available, with separate options for vegetables and/or fruits in the summer. Add-ons include eggs, flowers, canning boxes, and even Thanksgiving turkeys. Delivery is available anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley for a small additional cost. “When we started, no one really knew about CSAs here so it’s been fun to see where this has gone,” Kuhns recalls. “We grow as simply as we can, and encourage people to get their food as close to home as possible.”

· OsageGardens.com If you’ve never popped into the Little Red Farm Store at Osage Gardens in New Castle, you’re missing out. Teeny-tiny and packed to the gills with seasonal vegetables and herbs grown on-site, the shop is a delight. It also happens to be ground zero for the farm’s unique in-store CSA program. “We offer a free-choice program where members are able to shop weekly with their share dollars to purchase exactly what they want,” says the farm’s general manager Jared McDermott. “They also receive special discounts and promotions depending on the season.” If members can’t make it into the shop for their CSA shopping spree on any given week, their dollars roll over to the next. Look for leafy greens, carrots, and tomatoes but also a number of specialty items such as sunflower sprouts, pea shoots, edible flowers, and large pounder bags of basil perfect for homemade pesto. Find Osage Gardens on Facebook for updates about their 25th anniversary this year. CONTINUED >

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Erin's Acres Farm (Carbondale) · 970.615.0250 The newest CSA on the block is available from Erin’s Acres. The program kicked off its inaugural session during the 2016 growing season, and owner Erin Cuseo is ready for expansion. “Last year we had 25 shares available, but this year we have 40,” she says. Cuseo hopes her supply of traditional summer veggies combined with more adventurous offerings will pique her members’ curiosity. “I want to encourage them to try new things and not be afraid of different vegetables,” she adds, noting that she sends a weekly email to members with recipes. Find Erin’s Acres on Facebook for farm news. Cuseo’s CSA features a 16-week program that runs mid-June through early October, with an optional five-week add-on available in the fall. Erin C

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Wild Mountain Seeds (Carbondale) · WildMountainSeeds.com · 970.963.7442 This ambitious seed breeding and food production systems research farm operates at Sunfire Ranch in the Crystal River Valley. It also supplies a lucky handful of locals with heirloom vegetables via its 25-member CSA. “We try to keep our program small to strive for a personal relationship with our members,” says Casey Piscura, who runs the farm with partner Kirsten Keenan. “We’re already pretty full this year, but we have a few spots left. Our goal is to foster a connection between farmer and consumer.” Wild Mountain Seeds is known for its diverse offerings, including over 100 heirloom tomato varieties, though some are experimental and unavailable to the public. Families interested in snagging one of the remaining shares should call the farm first to discuss options.

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here is nothing better than fresh food you grow yourself. Our daughters were raised picking peas and digging carrots and potatoes. Teaching children how to grow and harvest vegetables can be fun, really; you reap the benefits of time spent together outdoors, being productive. Below are some suggested practices my family uses for growing organic produce at home. You may choose to develop a vegetable garden, build raised beds, or grow in containers. My husband Pat grows carrots, beets, kale, and chard in large (#3) nursery containers. He sows seed directly into our commercial potting mix. It has proven to be relatively easy: he starts the first crop in early March, as soon as we turn on the heat in the greenhouse, and when the greenhouse is full of our retail crop in early April he moves the containers to a protected area outside. These cold crops can withstand temperatures into the 20s at night. Cold crops include the above as well as peas, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, chives, mint, oregano, thyme, and sage. They prefer cooler nights and days. Once the temperatures

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reach 80 degrees their growth slows down and often they begin to flower. In the lower valleys these crops can be grown in the early spring and fall. Warm season vegetables and herbs include peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, squashes, melons, pumpkins, cucumbers, basil, and dill. Temperatures below 30 degrees will usually burn plant tissues and may kill the plant. If you notice black leaves after a cold night, this is generally frost damage— but sometimes they will recover after a light frost with subsequent warmer temperatures and will continue to produce. It is usually best to buy most of these plants as starts from a nursery as their crop time is longer. Downvalley, we get them in the ground around Memorial Day. At higher elevations, we recommend purchasing larger plants and waiting until mid-June to leave them outside at night. Growing organically means not using most pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. Many of these products are harmful to our health, bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Proper watering and high-quality seed and plants eliminate most disease issues. Insect pests can be controlled by attracting beneficials, or


“good bugs,” to eat the bad ones. Beneficials are especially attracted to dill, borage, calendula, California poppies, basil, pansies, coneflower, gaillardia, and monarda but there are many others as well. If all else fails, use gentle oils, soaps, or Neem products to fight the bad bugs. When digging a garden, incorporate organic matter into your soil. Compost is best but old manure can also work well. I prefer old horse or chicken manure. Horse manure may contain weed seeds, so it is best to use manure from barns or stables rather than pastures. Keep in mind that most purchased cow manure comes from feedlots; this concentrated product often contains high levels of salts, which are toxic to plants. When using any manure it should not smell, attract flies, or look fresh. Fresh manure robs nitrogen from soil as it decomposes, may burn tender plants, and often does more harm than good. Other products that will improve your soil include fine composted bark (such as Soil Pep), mulched and shredded leaves, grass clippings, and composted sawdust. Working these materials into the soil will break up the clay as well as add minerals and nutrients. My rule of thumb is onethird organic material to two-thirds native soil dug 10 to 20 inches deep. Once the soil has been prepared and the plants purchased, you should harden off any plants grown in a greenhouse. This can be done by placing them in a sheltered area out of direct sunlight, or under a tree or an overhang for a week or 10 days. If you skip this step, your tender seedlings will be at risk for sunburn. Sunburned plants generally develop dead or discolored areas on their leaves, and are stunted and stressed. With few exceptions, plant at the same depth that you find a seedling in its nursery container, and be sure to remove all leaves that might be buried first. With these tips in mind, an organic home garden will produce vegetables you can enjoy all season long. Lynn Dwyer teaches gardening classes at CMC

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f you’ve ever wanted to get more involved with the valley’s farmers and food producers but haven’t known where to start, Isaac Foust wants to help. “We have a lot of people around here who want to buy local and support growers, but they just don’t have the time,” he says. “Some families have the ability to take a trip to the grocery store for organic products, another trip for their CSA pick-up, another for their herd share pick-up, and so on—but most don’t. So what I offer is a service to make things much simpler and cut out those multiple trips.”

Foust, owner of Nature’s Garden Delivery, brings all the local goods a household could want right to their doorstep. This includes seasonal produce, eggs, meat, breads, cheeses, and other products produced nearby, plus a selection of organic fruits and vegetables from a high-quality supplier. “My customers don’t even have to think about where the food is sourced,” he adds. “I’ve done all the vetting for them beforehand.” As a passionate supporter of the area’s food producers, Foust has been busy establishing partnerships with many who supply his customers’ weekly delivery boxes with goods. 34

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During the cold months his boxes have been filled with items from such local producers as Eagle Springs Organic in Silt, Mountain Primal Meat Co. in Emma, Rock Canyon Coffee and Avalanche Cheese Company in Basalt, and Sweet Coloradough and Sunshine & Moons organic bakery in Glenwood. Foust plans to source more produce from small local farms this summer and fall when the growing season peaks. “I always strive to find the highest-quality, best-tasting version of an item that I can get,” he says. But that doesn’t mean one of his delivery boxes is more expensive than a basketful of equivalent store-bought goods.

“My prices are typically at the same cost or lower than the grocery store,” he notes. Nature’s Garden Delivery customers can choose from a variety of box preferences online, from fruits and veggies to mixed options of various sizes with numerous possible add-ons. Foust says that part of what sets his business concept apart is allowing customers to pay only as often as they need the service, as opposed to having them make  a large financial commitment upfront. Weekly substitutions can also be ordered, and service can be paused or resumed according to customers’ schedules. Foust hopes to make it as easy as possible for consumers to connect with the people who grow, raise, and harvest the foods they eat. “There are of course obvious health benefits to this, but the bigger purpose for me as a small business owner is helping build up the local economy. Buying products made here helps people keep their money closer and really participate in the local food process,” he says. “That’s how we, as consumers, can have a positive impact on the community. We vote with our dollars.” On Thursdays, Foust can be found making doorstep deliveries to homes and drop-off points across the Roaring Fork Valley. To sign up and learn more, visit NaturesGardenDelivery.com.


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reach and the Colorado Mountain College Learning Labs! Register your

SUNLIGHT MOUNTAIN RESORT

own team of three spellers to compete, or watch for free as a spectator.

It's closing day at Sunlight Mountain Resort! Registration for the skim

Call 970-945-5282 or visit LiteracyOutreach.org for more details.

opens at noon, and the big event begins at 1 p.m. The winner will receive a 2017-2018 season pass! Don't miss prizes for best costume and live

APRIL 9 & 30

music from Whiskey Stomp, plus blowout deals on gear and apparel.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS COMMUNITY CONCERTS

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL

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The Glenwood Springs Community Concert Association presents two performances this month: A Band Called Honalee on April 9 and New

WINTER WORDS FEATURING STEPHANIE DANLER,

Odyssey on April 30, both at 7 p.m. Admission is by membership tick-

MOLLY PRENTISS, AND ANNA NOYES

et. For more information call 970.945.8722 or 970.945.5384.

PAEPCKE AUDITORIUM Three alumni of Aspen Summer Words published debut books in

APRIL 14

2016 to critical acclaim. Danler’s Sweetbitter became one of the most

MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY: LATIN SOUNDS

popular summer reads of 2016. Prentiss’ Tuesday Nights in 1980 was

BASALT REGIONAL LIBRARY

longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, while Noyes’

The Music at the Library series in Basalt continues in April with Lat-

story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, was named a New York

in Sounds. Featured musicians include guitarist Javier de los Santos,

Times Editors’ Choice. AspenWords.org

cellist Sarah Beske, and harpsichordist Charlotte McLain.

APRIL 5

APRIL 14

ALL-VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR BAND

"OLD GLENWOOD" EXHIBIT OPENING

HARRIS CONCERT HALL

GLENWOOD SPRINGS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Watch the top students of the Roaring Fork Valley's middle school

This exhibit featuring the work of painting duo Noemi and Kristof Kos-

band programs featured onstage at the third annual All-Valley Middle

mowski includes pieces that recreate historic photographs of the Glen-

School Honor Band performance in Aspen. This year the students will

wood Springs area. Following the opening reception, the artwork will be

be led by conductor Norman Huynh of the Oregon Symphony, and

on display through April 29. Visit GlenwoodArts.org for event details.

will perform alongside professional musicians in each section. Admission is free. For more information, visit AspenMusicFestival.com.

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APRIL 15 CARBONDALE EASTER EGG HUNT SOPRIS PARK Join Carbondale Recreation for its annual Easter Egg Hunt in Sopris Park,

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Lifestyle Calendar

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APRIL 20 BASALT CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS CASSIE'S CORNER STORE Meet old friends or make new ones at this Third Thursday event hosted by Cassie's Corner Store, Jimbo's Fine Wine & Liquors, and Habitat ReStore. RSVPs are required for this benefit networking event for Basalt Chamber members and guests of event co-hosts. To RSVP, email info@ BasaltChamber.com or call 970.927.4031. See BasaltChamber.org.

APRIL 20-23 5POINT ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL CARBONDALE COMMUNITY CENTER Carbondale's celebrated 5Point Adventure Film Festival returns for its 10th year with a weekend program of films, panel discussions, music, art demonstrations, book signings, and more. Tickets and information available at 5PointFilm.org. 

APRIL 22 FRYINGPAN RIVER CLEANUP DOWNTOWN BASALT Help the Roaring Fork Conservancy clean up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country! All ages welcome to volunteer. Registration and free breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. near Lions Park and the Midland Spur side of Basalt Town Hall. Prizes for trash collection will be awarded afterward. More information at: RoaringFork.org. 

APRIL 22 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION DOWNTOWN GLENWOOD SPRINGS Glenwood Springs will host this free, family-friendly celebration of sustainability efforts in the Roaring Fork Valley. Come for live entertainment, hands-on activities, exhibits, a community bike ride, and more! Details available at RoaringForkEvents.com. 38

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APRIL 27 ENERGY SMART CONTRACTOR EXPO HOTEL COLORADO Join CLEER, Garfield Clean Energy, CORE, and Energy Smart Colorado for the third annual Energy Smart Contractor Expo. Learn about the latest trends in energy efficient products, techniques, and best practices. Registration is $20 and includes morning refreshments and lunch. For information call CLEER at 970.704.9200.

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APRIL 28 CMC 50TH CELEBRATION: PIG ROAST & CARNIVAL CMC SPRING VALLEY Colorado Mountain College (CMC) continues its 50th anniversary festivities with Uncle Jimmy's Pig Roast and Carnival, a celebration of the Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, and Carbondale campuses. The free event begins at 10 a.m. with a special program in The New Space Theatre, followed by a luncheon and carnival at 11:30 a.m. RSVP online at CMCBecauseOfYou.org. 

APRIL 29 RIVER BRIDGE REGIONAL CENTER FIFTH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER THE OLD THOMPSON BARN AT RIVER VALLEY RANCH Celebrate and support the valley's child advocacy center, River Bridge, at "Imagine 5" the organization's fifth annual fundraiser. The

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APRIL 30 DOGS 'N DOUGHNUTS SWEET COLORADOUGH Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) is once again teaming up with Sweet Coloradough for Dogs 'n Doughnuts! Stop by this SWEET adopt-a-thon to pick up a pupthemed doughnut, and maybe even the dog  of your dreams. Adoption fees are only $25; all dogs are spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated, and eager to love you! Call the shelter for more information at 970.947.9173.

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DENTISTS & ORTHODONTICS

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HOME BUILDERS & REMODELERS

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HOME SERVICES

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LANDSCAPING

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MEDICAL CLINICS & FACILITIES

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Parting Thoughts

ARTICLE NICOLETTE TOUSSAINT

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rs. Glenn loved my first-grade class. So much, she told us, that she just couldn’t let us go. She graduated along with us, becoming our teacher for the second grade too. That allowed me to proudly bring the pumpkin seeds for Mrs. Glenn’s final year of teaching. Each spring for 18 years—a time span almost beyond the imagination of a seven-year-old—Mrs. Glenn showed her classes how to plant seeds in waxy, sawed-off milk cartons. They would sit in a row on the windowsill for weeks, slowly germinating,  until  two tiny intertwined leaves would finally push up through the dark soil to open into the sunshine. At the end of the school year, one student would promise to grow actual pumpkins over the summer and then bring seeds back for the next year's crop of students. Mrs. Glenn's seeds had deep roots, reaching back not only to a full generation of grade-schoolers, but also creeping forward into the future. My grandson Sam, who lives across the street, loves to come lend a hand when he sees me gardening. Often, as we work, he peppers me with questions. Sometimes they have to do with plants, but with Sam, even simple queries can veer into the philosophical. We might start off with the buds of bachelor’s buttons and wind up on the merits of married versus single life. So it wasn’t a total surprise when, in the midst of eradicating a clump of invading mushrooms, Sam asked me: “What does God look like?” “I don’t really know,” I replied. “I don’t think of God as looking like a physical being, really. I think of God more as a spirit, a force that is in every living thing.” As I pondered how to explain this, what popped into my mind was the image of two new, intertwined leaves, pushing up through the earth, clasped like hands in prayer. Apparently, Mrs. Glenn’s lessons were theological, as well as botanical. I knelt down and picked up some gravel in one hand, some tiny black poppy seeds in the other.

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“These seeds don’t look much different from these black stones, do they? But they're wondrously different. Somehow, these seeds contain everything they need to create those beautiful orange flowers growing in front of your house. How can they know how to do that?” I asked him. “Of course, it’s not just plants. It’s the same with the tadpoles that just hatched out of the eggs in the river. And the little kit foxes that are born in the spring. Even you! Every living thing comes into this world filled with a mysterious will to grow. No one has to tell any plant or creature how to do it. We’re all just born with that magic, a spark of the divine inside of us. That’s what I call God.” I realized that my explanation sounded a little like Jesus' statement "the kingdom of God is within you," or the lyrics to the hymn "Morning Has Broken." So, it seems that the seeds Mrs. Glenn planted so long ago are still bearing fruit, even though she must have died decades ago. By persisting in their students’ memories, great teachers like Mrs. Glenn sometimes achieve a kind of immortality. Of course, it’s not just teachers who teach, nor gardeners who garden. Anytime an adult spends time with a child, answering interminable and ineffable questions, they plant seeds for the future. I’m now about the same age Mrs. Glenn was when she retired, nearer to day's end than the break of morning. I’m surprised by how often, while gardening, I will think, “My mom planted four o’clocks like these” or “My great aunt Eleanor taught me the name of this flower.” Both of those ladies, like Mrs. Glenn, are long gone from this earth. But the seeds they planted are perennial. I hope that in my garden rambles with Sam, I’m planting a love for creation, a reverence for the garden "sprung in completeness where God's feet pass." I hope too, that I'm seeding memories that will persist long after I blow away like fallen leaves.


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