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Fruits and vegetables abound on third annual Tour de Farms

Tour de Farms participants listen as Kynan Kelly describes a misting system he uses to increase humidity in his East Sixth Avenue garden. Kelly’s backyard garden was the last stop on the in-town ride of Tour de Farms on Sunday.

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The Garden Project welcomes volunteers and supplies for Needham Elementary School Garden, Manna Soup Kitchen and other community gardens. For more information, visit Click here.

More local-food news

CSU Extension is offering a 2009 Backyard Food Production series this fall. The goal is to encourage small-scale and backyard gardeners to grow and eat their own food. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.  Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 28 through Nov. 4. The series will be taught by CSU extension office research personnel, as well as local experts. The cost is $120 ($10 per class). Early registration is recommended, because the class will be capped at 40 students. Call 382-6464 to register.


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Healthy Lifestyle La Plata, in cooperation with Colorado State University La Plata County Extension Office and the Durango Farmers Market, will host the final cook-off of the second annual Durango Iron Horse Chef Competition  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, The competition pits two chefs against each other and against the clock. The chefs have an hour and a half to shop and prepare dishes – all at the Durango Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of First National Bank of Durango (Eighth Avenue between Main Avenue and Camino Del Rio). The first semifinal took place July 25, with chef Sean Devereaux of Guido’s Favorite Foods barely beating out Paul Spadora of The Palace Restaurant. During the second semifinal Aug. 15, Ryan Lowe of The Ore House defeated Jason Blankenship of Kennebec Café. The final showdown Saturday will be between Lowe and Devereaux.


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The public is invited to participate in a discussion of how the community can take ownership and control of the local food system. This discussion will take place at the City Council Chambers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 as part of the  Sustainability Alliance’s La Plata Sustainability Dialogue.  There will be a chance to discuss what local "ownership" might look like, and how to achieve it.  An immediate outcome of this discussion will be providing  input on local food goals to the County’s Comprehensive Planning process later this month.

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Tour de Farms participants listen as Kynan Kelly describes a misting system he uses to increase humidity in his East Sixth Avenue garden. Kelly’s backyard garden was the last stop on the in-town ride of Tour de Farms on Sunday.

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