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Productive Meadows Workshop

A crash course in meadow ecology, productive forests and useful plants already growing in Larimer


Wednesday August 14th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm, Light rain is ok, heavy rain and we will reschedule to the following Wednesday

RSVP not necessary but will help us gauge interest, send name and email to [masked]

Meet at intersection of Larimer Ave and Joseph St

Free, a community event with limited but free bbq. Please invite neighbors and others who may be interested


This workshop will briefly explain meadow ecology, existing plants growing in the surrounding fields and some strategies for light footstep interventions to encourage beneficial growth. Meadows and surrounding woods can provide dense food production, craft and structural materials, pleasant park space for neighbors, educational opportunities for science classes and ecology courses, soil remediation and a balanced habitat for beneficial insects and animals. You will learn about various plants reactions to mowing these areas, and of letting the areas sit unattended. What kinds of food yield and structural products can be harvested from these natural fields will be covered in addition to how to organize plants to reduce human inputs. By taking a short walk in the meadows we will identify many existing useful plants such as Walnut, Lemon Balm, Pink Clover, Black Locust, Ash, Cherry, Apple, Peas, Mushrooms and explain their functions and utility. A conceptual plan for encouraging productive growth and considerate interaction within the meadow park will be discussed to gain your input and feedback. We will grill some sausages from the Grasso company, who operates at the edge of this meadow, alongside other light snacks.


The Sunday following the workshop we will meet at the meadows for one hour at noon to clear the sidewalks of plants and pull overbearing plants from along the edges.


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  • Ellie

    This meetup got my mind thinking of all kinds alternatives for green spaces, and I enjoyed meeting some new inspiring people. Thanks!

    August 15, 2013

  • Doug

    Informative, The Leaders were well informed and had some good ideas. Very divers group of people attending, I enjoyed the conversation and the food.

    August 14, 2013

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