SOIL Community Garden Grand Opening Party, Sept. 30

Everyone can enjoy the garden, try fresh garden snacks, listen to live music, and participate in
activities for all ages. SOIL Learning Lab is located at Riverview Elementary School, 2900 Mesa Ave.
tall corn stalks
SOIL garden aerial shot
SOIL is a Durango School District 9-R project rooted in community engagement, educational and
economic opportunity, multigenerational collaboration, cultural and ecological stewardship, and healthy
living practices.
The Community Garden completed this summer is the first of four phases of SOIL. The
garden phase combines educational plots, family/individual plot rental through Durango Parks and
Recreation, and shared spaces and resources for students throughout Durango School District 9-R. A
new pavilion completed in August offers shade and an outdoor learning space.
“The completed Phase 1 a testament to the strength and vibrance of the Four Corners community,” said
Charlie Love, SOIL’s project director. “The 90 garden beds you’ll see here were built by more than 200
volunteers from the community, using lumber harvested through local wildfire mitigation efforts.”

Love said the district’s schools are currently scheduling and conducting field trips and events. The garden
party will offer visitors a glimpse of Phase 2, which is a 1,400-square-foot grow dome. With fundraising
support, the dome will offer a year-round space for outdoor education.
tomato vine