Colorado Northwestern Community College School Garden
In 2008, Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) has developed a Greening Plan that focused on increasing campus sustainability and training opportunities. Every year there have been achievements towards this goal including increasing building efficiency, reduced printing, and creating edible landscapes. New staff members who are interested and educated in permaculture design, gardening, and other skills have recently been added and can partner with existing clubs and classes. The Dean of Student Services, who created the Greening Plan, began taking out old juniper shrubs in large planters along the Student Activity Center. Last year there was an herb bed installed and this past summer, a 130 square foot vegetable garden was installed in the larger bed. Tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, peppers, herbs, sunflowers, were grown, along with the 15 different herb varieties. An information center was placed between the new commercial kitchen and garden in the Student Activity Center that explained how to grow, process, and cook with the produce. One class was offered for Herb Preservation and more community education and campus activities will include garden and permaculture skills. Long term, CNCC would like to have permaculture design plans and drawings created in order to have an overall guide for the entire Rangely campus that can be implemented in phases. There are needs for several student-centered outside sitting and recreation areas that provide an opportunity to make edible landscape features that provide beauty, produce, and builds the soil. The creation of these areas will begin in the 2014 spring and include an area by the cafeteria with tables and benches, covered area with landscaping by the residence halls, and another covered area near the academic buildings. Being located in the high desert provides an opportunity for CNCC to educate others about gardening and land use in a fragile ecosystem.
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