Montezuma School to Farm Project

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The same five students from Kemper Elementary School in Cortez who traveled to the White House in April for a spring planting returned Monday to reap the fruits of their labor.


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Students from Kemper Elementary School recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant a garden at the White House. Big Fat Farm Show host Kellie Pettyjohn talked with Danyel Mezzanato of the Montezuma School To Farm Project and one of the Kemper Elementary School students about how this opportunity came to be, and what the students got to experience on this journey.

  • Teacher salaries and retention remain a concern for the Montezuma-Cortez School District, but the picture looks better for the coming year.
  • Montezuma-Cortez School Board agreed to put $22,000 for the Montezuma School to Farm Project into next year’s proposed budget.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Gunther Hardt, an aquaponics expert, and Kelli Meeker, an Americorps member serving with the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about a new aquaponics system that has been installed at the Dolores schools, and how the system works to raise fish in a symbiotic relationship with hydroponi

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Sometime during the night of Sunday, May 24th, vandals uprooted the heritage fruit trees in the Montezuma School To Farm orchard at Cortez Middle School. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sarah Syverson, the Director of the Montezuma School To Farm Project, about what happened, how the community responded, and how these incidents provide a chance for restorative justice.

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