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Food & Garden
2014 April
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
New Community Garden to be Dedicated
During Earth Week
The City of Montrose and the Valley Food Part-
nership invite the public to a ribbon cutting cere-
mony, April 26 at 9a, for the Niagara Community
Garden, located at 2424 East Niagara Road.
In recognition of Earth Week and to help bring
the community together, City staff, in collabora-
tion with the Valley Food Partnership, has con-
structed its first community garden. The public
is invited to participate in the ribbon cutting
ceremony, followed by placement of garden soil
within raised garden beds.
Completed garden plots, including raised beds,
soil, and irrigation, are available to the pub-
lic through the growing season. The garden is
fenced and includes wheelchair accessible garden
plots. Gardeners are responsible for providing
tools, plantings, and any necessary soil amend-
ments, compost, or mulch.
The Niagara Community Garden provides an
outdoor gathering place that promotes healthy
living and nutrition in a small community envi-
ronment. Forty-two (42) garden plots are avail-
able in a variety of sizes for growing fruits, vege-
tables, herbs, or flowers. Plots may be reserved by
individuals, families, community service groups,
or businesses.
Although the garden was constructed by City of
Montrose staff, the City is seeking community
volunteers to form a garden committee to operate
the garden with City support. The goal is to pro-
vide a garden that is managed by local gardeners
to meet community needs.
For more information about Earth Week visit:
42 New Garden Plots
Glass/Window Cleaner:
Cup Distilled White Vinegar
1 Quart Water
Mix in Spray Bottle. Spray onto window then
wipe off with newspaper or rag.
Floor Cleaner:
4 Cups Distilled White Vinegar
1 Gallon Water
A few drops peppermint or lemon oil for scent
Mix in bucket then mop and let dry. There will
be an initial smell of vinegar but it will eventually
dissipate leaving only the smell of the pepper-
mint/lemon oil.
Tub and Tile Cleaner:
1 2/3 Cups Baking Soda
Cup Vegetable oil based liquid soap
Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
Combine ingredients in spray bottle or jar. Shake
well before using. Apply with cloth or sponge.
Rinse well.
Wood Polish:
1 Lemon
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon water
Cut lemon in half and juice into a container. Add
olive oil and water. Shake until emulsified. Pour
on to cloth and wipe down furniture. Unlike the
other recipes listed this wood polish should be
discarded after use because its ingredients are
ing floriculture and sod.
¡°The diversity of Colorado¡¯s specialty crops is
staggering,¡± said Casey Palmer, CDA Marketing
Specialist. ¡°This grant helps specialty crop grow-
ers and organizations access valuable resources
for research and promotion.¡±
Colorado¡¯s specialty crops represent approxi-
mately 10 percent of Colorado¡¯s total agricultural
cash receipts. In 2012, cash receipts from specialty
crops totaled more than $675 million.
The grant program is funded through the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) which
partners with state departments of agriculture
to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop
producers in areas such as marketing, promo-
tion, education, research, trade and nutrition. The
Colorado Department of Agriculture must submit
a request outlining projects to the USDA in order
to receive these funds. This application process
determines which projects are included in Colo-
rado¡¯s application to the USDA.
The CDA anticipates that approximately $700,000
will be available, with approved projects start-
ing early in 2015. Producer groups, organiza-
tions, and associations, as well as state and local
organizations, academia and other specialty crops
stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single
entities or in combined efforts. Proposals submit-
ted by individual producers must demonstrate
that the potential impact of the project will accrue
to a broader group of similar producers, region or
industry segment.
Proposals must be received by close of business
(4:30p) on May 1, 2014. For more information and
an application call 303.239.4123 or visit: www.
¡°One cannot think well,
love well, sleep well, if one
has not dined well.¡±
- Virginia Woolf
Event In Cortez
Funding Available to Help
Colorado Specialty Crops
From cantaloupe and carrots to flowers and pota-
toes, Colorado produces a wide variety of fruits,
vegetables and other specialty crops. To help
develop and promote these products, the Colo-
rado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking
proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant
Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and
vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops includ-
$700,000 In Grants Available
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Recipes
For those of us who like to limit the use of chemi-
cals wherever possible in our daily lives, here are
a few simple and handy cleaner recipes using
items from your kitchen: