Community Cultivation: A Program of Yampa Valley Autism Program
2013 is the year we realized our dream of a greenhouse. Thanks to the generosity of the Craig Scheckman Foundation, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, City and County of Denver, Denver Garden Show and Living Well we were able to acquire a 22' solar self- sustaining greenhouse. Rocky Mountain Youth Corp donated the land and because of the hard work of volunteers and staff we were able to plant and grow our first crops. Yes, the first year was certainly a learning curve, a steep one at that, but now we are seasoned in successfully growing our "cold weather crops" such as spinach, lettuce, arugula, carrots, etc. and selling them in collaboration with the Agriculture Alliance.
Because we have an efficiently working greenhouse, we are able to start our seedlings earlier to plant at the Botanic Park and outside beds behind the Grow Dome! This gives us a head start on our short growing season here in the Yampa Valley and the ability to grow extra produce to sell and donate to Lift Up Food Bank on a regular basis.
We will be returning to the Yampa Valley Botanic Park early in the summer, continuing our work experience program in the six raised beds they have generously donated.
We hope to see you at the local Farmer's Market this summer, selling our produce and the gift items we have made from the produce. This additional work experience is invaluable to our young adults in the program, giving them extra hours to practice their work skills.
So if you see a large dome on your way out on 20 mile road, that's us. Stop by and take a look. It is a magical place that gives our participants amazing opportunities to learn important work skills, in a natural environment.
Executive Director of Yampa Valley Autism Program
Community Cultivation's mission is to increase self-sufficiency and quality of life for individuals with disabilities and at risk youth, by offering job skill training and vocational development. We utilize a horticulture environment to enrich our community and work on important social, life, academic and work skills.
Main Street Steamboat Market Dates
- June 18
- July 9
- July 23
- August 6
- August 20
- September 10
Community Agriculture Alliance
Our produce and products are available year-round through the collaboration with the Community Agriculture Alliance. You can shop the CAA Marketplace each week at http://www.caamarket.org/.