This past Tuesday Oct 18th TNCC joined up with the Telluride High School for their annual volunteer day. Thirteen students, from Freshmen to Juniors set to work on the school greenhouses, the community gardens, and the garden created by the 2011 grads. The students enthusiastically tackled jobs including emptying the recycled tire material that had been previously used as the greenhouse floor and replaced it with sweet smelling juniper wood chips. They were able to practice their construction skills by rebuilding tables to increase storage and growing capacity, and caulking, sealing, and insulating the greenhouses in order to enhance their heat retaining performance for the upcoming winter months. By the end of the day, the greenhouses had been completely overhauled and re- planted.
"It was amazing to work with the students and show them this immense resource that they have in their backyard for growing food in the colder seasons. I was so happy to hear students talk about and taking some stewardship for this growing space and experience by starting a garden club." Says Emily Kuehn, TNCC intern who helped organize this volunteer project.
Moving forward, TNCC hopes to continue to work with Telluride High school to help find ways to continue using the greenhouse space to grow food both for the cafeteria as well as utilizing them as a teaching space to use in the science and math curriculums.