Past Meetup

Free Huglekultur Workshop and Workday

This Meetup is past

20 people went

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Huglekultur is the latest gardening sensation that is actually a very old form of “no till” and “raised bed” farming. It has been used in Eastern Europe for centuries. It is a German term that translates “mound culture” or “hill culture” and was probably developed over time and out of necessity to improve farming conditions in rugged and mountainous regions. However, this method is amenable to our dryland conditions here on the short-grass prairie steppe as well. Huglekultur mounds tend to hold copious amounts of water and enable a drought buffering capacity for the plants which are planted into the mound.

Join us starting at 8am to 5pm to help us in constructing a very large huglekultur windrow mound we’ll be slipping between our orchard tree rows. We’ll be building it six feet tall by six feet wide by 300 feet long and will need all the help we can get to scavenge up the random wood and landscape clippings we have around the farm to use in the mound. Hosting the workshop will be Johnathan Yelenick - resident farmer, permaculturist, and trained soil scientist. He’ll give you the low down on the day’s activities and workshop details. Water will be provided.

- A sack lunch and snacks to share with new friends made during this workshop.
- Sun lotion
- Work gloves (you don’t want splinters do you?)
- A hat and sunglasses
- A wheelbarrow and bungee cords if you have them! (this would be especially helpful for us as we are limited in the tools we have for moving woody material)

- A water bottle you can use to fill for your personal use

Contact Johnathan Yelenick at 720.429.8375 or email him at for more information.

This project supports the food growing efforts of the Black Mesa Colorado Caravan.