Present at our meeting Nov. 8: Corey Almond, Lerad Nilles, Richard Mee, Steve Saint (and Trudy), Nat Stein (and friend) Ellen Johnson-Fay

Next meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6 – 8 pm (Note later time)

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We agreed that our general goal is to get as many people as possible in the neighborhoods of Old Colorado City growing more of their own food so that our community is more sustainable.

We decided to change to a later time (6 to 8 pm) and not have a potluck meal again until late spring or summer when we get things growing in our gardens again.  We did enjoy a remarkable bounty of local fruits and vegetables for a shared meal this time, especially considering it was November.  Thanks to Steve for offering to us the bounty of extra vegetables from Sunrise Garden at the Hillside Community Center. Next time folks can bring small snacks/desserts to share or just themselves.

We decided to focus on offering a series of classes at the Westside Community Center and supporting the Victory Garden program run by Westside Cares.

Ayya Dhammadhira agreed to lead a conversation about the spirituality of food as the first program offering sometime in January – perhaps, Saturday the 14th and/or Tuesday, Jan. 10th or 17th, and we suggested seed sprouting, garden planning, canning, rain barrels as possible other classes.

Richard said he would give some thought to other ideas for classes to bring to the December meeting.  LeRad offered to create flyers to advertise the programs when the time comes to do that.  Corey said he’d be willing to be the liaison to the Victory Garden program and be in touch with Linda Mooney about how we can work together.

Ellen connected with Kathy at the Community Center to determine the availability of rent-free space and learned that we can hold one class a week in the community room.  Saturdays in January and February could be open to us from 10-11:30 am, and most Tuesdays are open from 6-8 pm.

The main focus of the December meeting will be to plan a schedule of classes for the winter   and recruit leadership.  I’ll send a reminder a few days before the 13th, please put that on your calendar now and join this wonderful collaboration.

Feel free to respond to all with additional ideas and comments.

Enjoy thanksgiving and hold all who feel concerned about the election results and aftermath in your hearts.

With gratitude,


The Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay

Minister Emerita All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Colorado Springs

What I want is so simple I almost can’t say it: elementary kindness. Enough to eat, enough to go around.  The possibility that one day kids might grow up to be neither the destroyer nor the destroyed.       – Barbara Kingsolver