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At 7:00 p.m. on February 25, SOIL Sangre de Cristo will host Farmer and Co-owner of Rocky Mountain Garlic, Tiffany Collette as part of  their 2021 speaker series.

Tiffany Collette, co-owner Rocky Mountain Garlic in Salida, CO. Mike Collette photo

Collette turns dry, sandy soil into her working partner while creating beautiful vegetables out of the ground in the high desert of Central Colorado.

Collette will discuss how she and her husband Mike turned a neglected horse pasture into a bio-intensive, no-till, permanent bed vegetable cropping system. These are techniques known as “regenerative farming”.

By incorporating manure, compost, mulch cover crops, and rotating into a system to feed the soil and suppress weeds, a high-quality desert crop can be produced. According to Collette, this process also benefits the environment because it helps to reverse climate change through rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity.

This results in both carbon drawdown and improves the water cycle. Collette explains “it’s not just about the garlic. It is about the soil that surrounds the garlic plant.”

To RSVP to the event, click here. SOIL encourages participants to bring their questions to help their gardens this season.