La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI

VEGI (the Valley Educational Gardens Initiative) cultivates garden-based nutrition education and comm Garland.

VEGI is a collaborative organization of local schools, non-profits, and the community to provide hands-on education in schools and gardens across the Valley. We are a program of La Puente Home and work as a partner organization to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley. We currently provide 270 classroom and garden-based lessons for K-5 students in Alamosa during the school year. In the summ

Operating as usual

04/23/2024

VEGIโ€™s Seasonal Summer Assistant will assist with various aspects of VEGIโ€™s programming throughout our main growing season. Assistant will work alongside the AmeriCorps member(s) to teach garden-based educational lessons focused on nutrition and environmental awareness with our partner sites, help maintain our 3 growing spaces, harvest vegetables, and provide general program support during the busy summer months.

Accepting applications now:
https://www.indeed.com/job/vegi-seasonal-summer-assistant-f7b96201cd939463

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 04/07/2024

A few weeks ago, VEGI added a new greenhouse at Boyd Community Garden! Thank you to our staff and volunteers!

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 02/13/2024

Greetings from the VEGI team! We just wanted to share our yearly recap newsletter with all of you! 2023 was a big year for VEGI with lots of growth and we have even bigger plans for 2024!







02/11/2024

We wish you a Happy Lunar New Year! Support one of our local Chinese or Thai restaurants as you celebrate this holiday!

Photos from La Puente Home, Inc.'s post 01/19/2024
Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 01/08/2024

VEGI is very excited to introduce our new Director Amanda Berry! Amanda started with us bac in October and has really hit the ground running in making major improvements and forging new partnerships.
A little bit about Amanda background, she studied natural resources at Darr School of Agriculture, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in human Rights with a focus in food security.
She has a history in sustainable agriculture as a farm owner/operator for 10 years and cattle rancher for 7
Amanda has done work as a herbalist for the past 12 years and was the Winner of 2019 soil and water conservation award from Soil Science Society of America
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We are so excited to have her leading our team and sharing her vision with the valley!

Timeline photos 11/28/2023
Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 10/21/2023

VEGI had a great time at Trunk-or-Treat! So many fantastic kids and costumes. We look forward to next year.

10/09/2023

Happy Monday,
This week we are pleased to introduce our new Americorps, Q, for ! Be sure to give her a warm welcome in the comments!

10/09/2023

Today, we are honoring Indigenous Peopleโ€™s day by underscoring, reflecting on and celebrating the histories, culture, experiences and contributions of Indigenous communities โ€” the first peoples and stewards of the land now known as the United States.

The land we now call Colorado was originally home to many tribal nations. Colorado was a site of trade, travel, gathering and spiritual healing for these tribes, and is currently home to over 130,000 Native, Indigenous and First Nations people, including two federally recognized tribes โ€“ the Southern Ute Tribe in Ignacio and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc.

Join us in offering our thanks to the many Native leaders and groups who are on the forefront of necessary social progress โ€“ helping bring equity and justice in reach where itโ€™s needed most. Letโ€™s celebrate the past, present and future of Indigenous communities, today and every day.

10/09/2023

It's time to come together and ! Come join us for an elegant and luxurious holiday reception and gala benefiting La Puente's network of services. Let's make this holiday season even more meaningful! ๐ŸŽ„


09/29/2023

to the last Community Garden Day

09/28/2023

V.E.G.I. has been teaching Harvest Lessons to the students at Alamosa Elementary. The students helped harvest vegetables that will be used to make this year's Stone Soup!

09/28/2023

Mini Frittata : egg, sausage, shredded cheese, herbs & spices with fresh zucchini from our mini garden right outside of Milagros!

Big thank you to for planting & harvesting these amazing veggies!

11/14/2022

We are so happy that our director, Marlena is back, we had to build a snowman to celebrate! Happy first snow yโ€™all โ„๏ธ โ›„๏ธ

09/13/2022

The VEGI team harvested over 30lbs of produce this morning ๐Ÿซ˜ ๐Ÿ… ๐Ÿฅฌ Some of this produce will be going right to the and some of it will be preserved for our VEGI kick-off happening early next year! Happy harvest ๐ŸŒž

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 07/12/2022

We hope you can join us tonight for community garden night at Boyd Community Garden from 5-7pm!
Here are some pictures of VEGIโ€™s recent harvests of greens, radishes, and beets!
Happy gardening!

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 06/28/2022

Tonight is garden night at Boyd Community Garden! We will be gardening from 4-6pm tonight, instead of 5-7pm. This is just for today, next week will go back to regular hours. We hope you can join us, tonight from 4-6pm!

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 05/25/2022

Stop by on this sunshiny day for a limited time only to try some Grapefruit Sage Lemonade! The sage was freshly harvested today from our Grow Dome! Itโ€™s a 10/10 review from us๐Ÿ‹๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ˜‹

05/16/2022

Wow, we are still feeling all the joy from gathering for the VEGI Kickoff this past Saturday! โœจ Thank you to all who joined us!
We are excited to get back to the gardens ๐Ÿ’›
Garden Night is tomorrow at Boyd Garden from 5-7. Can you join us? ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฑ

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 05/15/2022

Wow, what a beautiful gathering! Thank you to all who joined is today for the VEGI Kickoff ๐Ÿ’š This will be a god growing season!!

05/14/2022

I wish you could smell this!
Weโ€™re prepping the Kickoff Brunch ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

Photos from La Puente's Valley Educational Gardens Initiative - VEGI's post 05/14/2022

Swipe to see quiche be born ๐Ÿ’š

05/13/2022

This morning was the last push to get the Boyd Garden ready for the VEGI Kickoff, TOMORROW โœจ at 11:30. Thanks to and Com-ed for helping with the final details. The garden looks beautiful and the weather will be perfect! ๐ŸŒž we hope to see you there!!

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Videos (show all)

We captured @celeste.kaspar experiencing her first lemon cucumber ๐Ÿค—Weโ€™ll be sharing a lot of growing season throwbacks b...
We harvested potatoes at garden night yesterday! Thanks, @jonesfarmsorganics1925 for donating potato seeds ๐Ÿ˜
Hereโ€™s a video of a sweet bumblebee drinking water to remind you to hydrate!
You have 2 days to buy your VEGI Kick-Off Cook-Off tickets!
REMIX! we love a good alliteration we also love partnering with neighbors who also tend the land ๐Ÿ’›Square Peg Brewerks #f...
REMIX! we love a good alliteration and we love partnering with neighbors who also tend the land, Square Peg Brewerks #fa...
Garden UPDATE! There is fine action at Alamosa Elementary school๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฅฐ watch this video for a sneak peek of whatโ€™s to come.....
We harvested the rosemary and Square Peg Brewerks brewed a Rosemary Kolsch for the VEGI Kick-Off Cook-Off! It has a cris...
Our dear friends at the Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative are featuring VEGI as the Round-up nonprofit for the month of Apri...
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