Los Valles AgriCorps Program

In the summer and fall 2013, the Los Valles AgriCorps Program provided agriculturally-focused training and education to six high school youth in Chaffee County.  Through their work at the Salida School Garden and Moonstone Farm, a community supported agriculture farm, the participants completed 410 project hours, harvesting and processing 928 pounds of produce, weeding 1.2 miles of vegetable rows, and moving 7.5 tons of gravel and dirt, amongst other accomplishments.  The members also completed 116 education hours, including lessons about safe food handling and working with children in a garden setting.  They also visited  several unique farming operations, including a cheese-making goat dairy and a seed-saving farm.  The farmers they met offered new perspectives on agriculture that enriched the experience for the youth.  Above, fall AgriCorps members show off their harvest, which went to the Salida School District for use in lunch meals district-wide.

In 2013, the AgriCorps program also engaged in a robust volunteer program.  137 volunteers completed 456 volunteer hours at community gardens around the Arkansas and San Luis Valleys.  Above, Alamosa Community Corps crew members go to town on weeding at the Alamosa Community Garden after sampling fresh spinach and learning about permaculture.

                                               

In 2012, SCC began implementing its AgriCorps to further carry out its mission of empowering individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment.  That year, the AgriCorps program engaged 105 youth and young adults in two garden sites, produced over 660 lbs of food, and provided volunteer support to the Salida School Garden, amongst other accomplishments.

If you are interested in learning more about AgriCorps or getting involved as a crew member, volunteer site, community partner, or donor, please call: (719) 539-2438 or email Robin Lewis at: robin@sccorps.org.

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