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Growing an inspired community.

Imagine: an outdoor learning lab rooted in community engagement, educational and economic opportunity, multigenerational collaboration, cultural and ecological stewardship, and healthy living practices.
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We are excited about this opportunity for ALL of our students and all community members. SOIL will blend authentic, meaningful learning with a focus on sustainability to benefit our community and our world, making an impact for generations to come.
—DR. KAREN CHESER, SUPERINTENDENT, DURANGO SCHOOL DISTRICT 9-R

Project Phases

Designed and inspired by the Riverview Elementary School and Ohana Kuleana Community Garden communities.

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PHASE 1
Community and School Garden

Plant seeds

Watch them grow

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PHASE 2
Demonstration Gardens and Event Space

Amphitheater

Sustainability Gardens

Solar power

EV charging station

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PHASE 3
Growing Dome

Year-round growing

Experimental techniques

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PHASE 4
Food Forest and Farm Lab

Food forest

Animal area

Farm stand

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PHASE 5
SOIL Learning Center

Indoor growing space

Commercial kitchen and classroom

School district and community programs / events

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Testimonials

“SOIL will foster support of local partnerships and the very important skills of gardening as well as food production and storage, amongst many other things. It is important that we nurture these historic skills and traditions for a more secure future."

- ROD BARKER, DURANGO BUSINESS OWNER AND 5TH GENERATION DURANGO NATIVE

“What class or activity could not be taught in the garden? The opportunity for students to be outside getting dirt under their fingernails from the hands-on learning experiences; or to see how the natural world actually works – in nature; and to be part in the success of a plant, from start to finish, culminate in harvesting what you grow is tough to replicate inside a classroom."

- DARRIN PARMENTER, EXTENSION CO-REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CSU EXTENSION

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