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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.

Get Involved: Spring 2017 Event Schedule

We have plenty of events planned for April and May. Check out the schedule.

Join the “Friends of Rio Grande Farm Park”:

Read all about the Friends

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 will support 5 farmers with plots of one acre or less. They will learn to farm in our environment and share equipment; and
  • there will be community workshops on topics such as organic farming, building soil with green manure, and permaculture techniques.

Read  about Our story.

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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RGFP is a 1% For The Planet non-profit

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Some great pictures from our Earth Day workday--thanks Krista Kai for putting this together and for helping to make the event possible!
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What a great turnout we had for our Social Ops Earth Day event! Thank you Valley-Wide for sponsoring this event! A special thank you to Rio Grande Farm Park for allowing us to partner with you!

2 days ago

Rio Grande Farm Park shared their album.

Earth Day at the Rio Grande Farm Park. 50 volunteers! Thank you so much for helping us plant 285 trees!

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers! Valley Health Systems for amazing food and social ops, ASU for providing youth programming, Krista Garcia for co-creating the event and painting our tree mural, Louis Middaugh for inspiring the project and coming up with our Earth Day motto "grow a tree - grow a community!" A big shout out to the volunteers that stayed until 4:30 pm.-Kristina Steinberg, Gary Waggoner, Donna Mabry, Zach Richardson, Amber Middleton, and Bryce Hostetler. Last but not least welcome to our new farm manager Jesse Marchildon! Photos courtesy of Carmille Garcia.
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Thank you so much to all of our volunteers! Valley Health Systems for amazing food and social ops, ASU for providing youth programming, Krista Garcia for co-creating the event and painting our tree mu...

3 days ago

Earth Day at the Rio Grande Farm Park.  50 volunteers!  Thank you so much for helping us plant 285 trees!

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers! Valley Health Systems for amazing food and social ops, ASU for providing youth programming, Krista Garcia for co-creating the event and painting our tree mural, Louis Middaugh for inspiring the project and coming up with our Earth Day motto grow a tree - grow a community! A big shout out to the volunteers that stayed until 4:30 pm.-Kristina Steinberg, Gary Waggoner, Donna Mabry, Zach Richardson, Amber Middleton, and Bryce Hostetler. Last but not least welcome to our new farm manager Jesse Marchildon! Photos courtesy of Carmille Garcia.

Rio Grande Farm Park added 19 new photos to the album: Earth Day at the Farm Park — with Judy Luckhart at Rio Grande Farm Park.

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers! Valley Health Systems for amazing food and social ops, ASU for providing youth programming, Krista Garcia for co-creating the event and painting our tree mural, Louis Middaugh for inspiring the project and coming up with our Earth Day motto "grow a tree - grow a community!" A big shout out to the volunteers that stayed until 4:30 pm.-Kristina Steinberg, Gary Waggoner, Donna Mabry, Zach Richardson, Amber Middleton, and Bryce Hostetler. Last but not least welcome to our new farm manager Jesse Marchildon! Photos courtesy of Carmille Garcia.
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Thank you so much to all of our volunteers! Valley Health Systems for amazing food and social ops, ASU for providing youth programming, Krista Garcia for co-creating the event and painting our tree mu...

5 days ago

Thank you so much to all of our volunteers! Valley Health Systems for amazing food and social ops, ASU for providing youth programming, Krista Garcia for co-creating the event and painting our tree mural, Louis Middaugh for inspiring the project and coming up with our Earth Day motto grow a tree - grow a community!  A big shout out to the volunteers that stayed until 4:30 pm.-Kristina Steinberg, Gary Waggoner, Donna Mabry, Zach Richardson, Amber Middleton,  and Bryce Hostetler.  Last but not least welcome to our new farm manager Jesse Marchildon!  Photos courtesy of Carmille Garcia.

Rio Grande Farm Park shared their event.

Our Earth Day work day is THIS Saturday! Festivities begin at 9 AM--breakfast, tree planting, games, clean up, and more--feel free to come for the whole day or stop by to plant a tree when you can. See you there!
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Earth Day Workday

Apr 22, 9:00am

Rio Grande Farm Park

The Rio Grande Farm Park is teaming up with Valley-Wide Health Systems and San Luis Valley Social Ops to bring you an Earth Day Workday "Grow a tree, Grow a Community." Meet us at the Rio Grande Farm ...

Earth Day Workday

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