Our vision: The Rio Grande Farm Park holds at its core Preservation and Creation: the preservation of the San Luis Valley’s agricultural heritage, precious water resource, and open public spaces, and the creation of economic development, healthy living practices, and educational opportunities.
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Our land, and our connection to it, is disappearing. Whether rural or urban, there’s a constant struggle between conserving and developing a rich and beautiful piece of land. Fortunately, the property that was the Polston Elementary school has become the Rio Grande Farm Park, formerly the Healthy Living Park.
As it is now … folks can stroll across the Rio Grande from downtown across a pedestrian bridge. From there, they can take a lot of trails to view the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains, watch water fowl, and breathe fresh, clear air. During the summer, you can watch the progress of crops grown by the Guatemalan community using traditional Mayan farming techniques and explore the apple orchard that was planted last summer. Frequently, groups of volunteers gather to improve and enjoy the land.
Planning phase is going strong… as business, marketing, and capital campaign programs are under development. The master plan is heading into the design phase with substantial help from community input.
Each year there are new programs and activities. In 2016 …
- the farm supported 5 farmers with plots of one acre or less. They will learn to farm in our environment and share equipment; and
- there were community workshops on topics such as organic farming, building soil with green manure, and permaculture techniques.
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Location: The Rio Grande Farm Park, formerly the Healthy Living Park, is located at the east entrance of Alamosa in south-central Colorado onHwy 17 just north of Hwy 160.
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