CANON CITY HIGH SCHOOL GARDEN BOXES
In 2013, the Fremont Conservation District teamed up with the Canon City High School (CCHS) to build and install 14 raised garden beds and install a drip system for a Community Garden at the High School. The design of the garden utilized a bare, southern facing walkway and connected directly to the school's water source. Using a series of pipe and emitters, students assembled the drip system while taking short breaks to listen to presentations by the Fremont CD and NRCS staff. They also created their own compost - soil mix and read up on the biology behind growing healthy produce for the community.
The boxes were built by students participating in carpentry class, the drip system and plantings were done by a mix of environmental science students and Environmental Club members, and the summer maintenance was done by the local Boys and Girls Club. There are several teachers who intend to use the garden boxes as a teaching tool for the students: the Science teacher will use these boxes for the two environmental classes and an Earth Science class; another teacher plans on using the garden boxes to teach self-reliance and healthy eating; and, the culinary class will use the harvest in their classes. With community involvement and student participation, the Fremont Conservation District anticipates years of successful harvests from these community gardens!!
CANON EXPLORATORY SCHOOL TREE PLANTING
In 2014, the Fremont Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) teamed up with teachers, parents, and students to plant trees and shrubs that were donated by Diana Biggs through grant funding to the Canon Exploratory School!! The Fremont Conservation District provided their Watershed Trailer with tools and equipment used for planting the seedlings, and, staff from NRCS and CSFS demonstrated on how to plant. The trees and shrubs all made it in the ground with the green side up - and - a great time was had by all!!