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Community Preparedness Resources (CPR) will host a “High Altitude Gardening” forum at 6:00 p.m. on June 26. The gathering will take place at Lighthouse Ministries, 16290 County Road 306 in Buena Vista.

Speakers from SOIL Sangre de Cristo and Guidestone Colorado will be on hand to share information about their organizations. A master gardener and master composter will answer questions specific to the challenges of local gardening at 7,000-8,000 foot elevations.

Raised garden bed. Courtesy photo

Raised bed gardening will also be discussed, including perforated pipe irrigation techniques that allow water to efficiently “wick” up into the soil.

“We have information on raised bed kits that people can purchase along with directions and tips on how to get them going,” said CPR Treasurer Bea Harnish.

Bring your gardening questions

While gardeners each may have unique interests and needs, commonly asked questions might include:

  • Tips on hardening baby plants
  • Safer ways to control pests
  • Rainwater collection and Colorado water law
  • Pollination in enclosed spaces
  • Building good compost
  • Keeping deer away

Community Preparedness Resources is a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit whose mission is “To teach the community sustainable life skills in a crisis or emergency situation.” Lessons learned from the empty shelves of the COVID-19 pandemic suggest that relying on steady deliveries to the grocery store from the Front Range might need rethinking. “People like to eat! Having food and storage reduces the disruptions of supply chain shortages” said Harnish.

Home gardening also offers many benefits besides tastier, healthier food, including fresh air, exercise, and the satisfaction that comes from growing living things that can be eaten at their peak, put up for later, all shared with family and community.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Bea Harnish at beaharnish@yahoo.com

Featured image: Raised garden bed with deer protection. Bea Harnish photo