Free, fresh vegetables will be available Saturday at the 4-H Harvest Fest, thanks to a community garden started by a local family.
Last fall, the garden supplied about 2,000 pounds of fresh produce to locals. Joshua Crawford, 15, of Durango played a large role in this public service. His mother, Penny Crawford, started the garden, and he’s helped to keep the project alive.
As a student who receives virtual schooling through the Colorado Connections Academy, Crawford has the flexibility for gardening and ranching on a farm that’s been handed down through five generations. Aspiring to a degree in agriculture, Crawford is eager to be the sixth.
“The garden was created with the 4-H, and we gave away about 2,000 pounds of produce to the community,” Crawford said. “I thought it was a great thing to give back to the community, and I like fresh-grown garden vegetables.”
Harvest Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Fort Lewis, 18683 Highway 140 in Hesperus. The event will also feature a hay maze, stage coach rides and archery shooting.