Cool Art, Cool People, Cool Plants, Cool Seeds, Cool Study, Cool Medicine, Cool Skies...
The Cool List:
The IronMan Cord Parmenter Westcliffe, Co Artist-Blacksmith - Master Smith Gorgeous garden art, custom home decor, sculpture. Be sure to check out the Gallery. 719-783-2917
Seeds Trust - Littleton, Colorado - High Altitude Seed Company Mountain seeds. High and dry seeds. Our #1 seed company of all time.
Denver Botanic Gardens DBG is on the map - what a place of learning! This is the horticultural hub of Colorado and famous worldwide - go take a class or just spend the day wandering through the gardens. I'm not kidding.
Panayoti Kaleidis - Heart and Soul of the Denver Botanic Gardens - totally cool. Officially cool. He discovered us and brought us out of the garden and into teaching. He is our friend. Panayoti is one of the leading rock garden experts in the world. He also hunts down mountain-to-prairie plant varieties from all over the world and brings them home for us all to grow. Check out his Blog: Prairie Break
Paradise Memorial Garden Pueblo West, Co On the corner of Spaulding and Conquistador. This is my amazing 83 year old dynamo mother's project. She had the inspiration to create a memorial garden for the community behind her church 10 years ago. It is now a beautiful oasis in the high desert. It is open to anyone and located behind the Ecumenical Church of Pueblo West. Stop by anytime or to have a memorial contact Shirley Stanelle.
Desert Canyon Farm Canon City, Co Tammi Hartung - Author of Growing 101 Herbs That Heal and Homegrown Herbs Wholesale Herb Nursery - Awesome People - Free Summer Classes and workshops. Beautiful organically grown herb plants. Farm Stand Open to the Public on certain dates in summer.
Perennial Favorites Rye, Co Seasonal Nursery Adapted plants for high and low, rock garden plants, xeric, trees, shrubs, semps. Awesome People - Awesome Plants. Beautiful oasis.
Colorado Gardener This free Colorado publication is so excellent - you need to get your hands on it - either order it from the website for home delivery (for the cost of shipping) - order a box-full to distribute to your group or community, or find it in stands along the front range and beyond. There are 5 issues a year. (Oh yeah, I get to write for it too...)
BBB Seed (Beauty Beyond Belief) - Boulder, Co - Mike Wade - A new old company with a really nice guy as Head Honcho. We attended Seed School together and learned the power of the seed. They are also Bounty Beyond Belief - Heirloom Veggies!
Custer County Extension Agent Robin Young Upstairs in the Courthouse. Westcliffe is very lucky to have Robin Young as the new County Extension Agent - I am thrilled to work with her and her office any chance I get. Congratulations Robin!
Feed Denver - Lisa Rogers - Feed Denver is doing great work in the city. Vegetables, Compost, WORM POOP JUICE, and lots and lots of education to help people feed themselves. They've even built a community garden in a parking lot!
Javernick Family Farms Beki Javernick The Salt of the Earth - Beki continues to grow organic food in Canon City and supplies the Westcliffe Farmer's Market - along with her CSA. Her thumb isn't green - her whole arm is!
Organic Seed Alliance - saving the world - get to know their work.
Native Seed/SEARCH - Bill McDorman took over as the new Director. This is important work for the future of seeds - take a look at the catalog - lots of varieties to try.
Family Farmer's Seed Cooperative Our friend Steve Peters is heading this up - lots to do - lots of farmer's growing seed. Make seed saving a part of your farm system.
Westcliffe Seed Lending Library
We have a Seed Lending Library in Westcliffe! It is located in the West Custer County Library on Main St. You can check out seed any time the library is open. Grow it out to seed again - and return more than you take! The seed movement in ON!