Residents around Longmont, Colorado help dig soil to plant new vegetation on Earth Day. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Residents around Longmont, Colorado help dig soil to plant new vegetation on Earth Day. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

Organic Farming in Colorado Provides the Tools to Engage the Community

The residents surrounding Longmont, Colorado joined together for a community event hosted by Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 at Ollin Farms.

Longmont has a thriving farmers market, and several members of the community collected to help lend a hand with a pesticide-free farm north of Denver.

Adults helped informed and guided younger groups of people to plant trees, collect firewood, clear land, as well as work on creek restoration.

Mark, a worker at Ollin Farms in Longmont, Colorado, going over the plans for Earth Day 2018. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Mark, a worker at Ollin Farms in Longmont, Colorado, going over the plans for Earth Day 2018. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

The worker at Ollin Farms that provided the first overview is Mark. He guided groups of people to work on separate projects.

It was inspirational to see different generations working together to help out a local farm.

Ollin Farms is extending production with 25 plum trees. Several of the trees were planted on Earth Day.

Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group helped out with the creek restoration project. They focused on planting a variety of native willow and wetland plants aimed at increasing the health of the creek ecosystem.

The farm and staff did an excellent job of providing tasks for guests, in addition to providing tools and knowledge regarding agriculture. Mark and the staff provided instructions and guidance covering effective soil structure.

Mark, a worker at Ollin Farms in Longmont, Colorado, going over the plans for Earth Day 2018. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Mark, a worker at Ollin Farms in Longmont, Colorado, going over the plans for Earth Day 2018. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

Watch over this TED Talk featuring Johan Rockstrom going over the importance of managing our ecosystems.