The Symposium opens Friday with a "Transition OurWay" presentation and discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday includes speakers, discussions and vendors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Topics to be discussed are: Regional food systems; regional success stories; greenhouses; permaculture; soil preparation; wildcrafting; keeping poultry and goats; food storage; and basic organic gardening.
Sponsors are Black Canyon Regional Land Trust, CSU Extension Service; New Community Coalition; Ouray Agricultural Committee; Ouray County Ranch History Museum; and Transition OurWay.
A lunch catered by Ridgway’s Cate’s Place will be offered on Saturday.
Learn How to Grow More Vegetables
RIDGWAY – Just in time for spring planting, Weehawken Creative Arts offers a workshop on “How to Grow More Vegetables” with Chris Lance of Ridgway, Saturday, April 28 at the Ridgway Community Garden. This is the second gardening workshop offered this spring by Weehawken.
Students will learn what they need to know to plant and grow healthy, pest-free organic vegetables in their own Ouray County backyard. Topics being covered in the workshop include healthy soil, working with weather for better growing, seeds sprouting success and harvest methods for better production.
The cost for the workshop is $15 for Weehawken members or $18 for non-members. The class meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of N. Laura and Charles streets in Ridgway. Advance registration is recommended; call 970/318-0150 or visit weehawkenarts.org.
Become a Native Plant Master
WESTERN SAN JUANS – Have you always wanted to learn more about the beautiful
plants that grow in nature? Would you like to learn how to use them in your landscape? Would you like to learn how to distinguish natives from noxious weeds? Consider taking a Native Plant Master course with the Colorado State University Extension.
Anyone can take one or more courses in this program, but to become a Native Plant Master (and the envy of all your co- workers, family and friends), you will need to take three courses and give back some time educating others.
Three Native Plant Master courses are offered through the San Miguel Basin Extension this summer at Woods Lake near Telluride, July 5, 12 and 19. Each session runs four hours and can be moderately strenuous, requiring walking on steep inclines for up to two miles on wet, rough, and/or slippery footing during windy, cold, hot or rainy days.
For more information visit www.conativeplantmaster.org or call 970/327-4090.