Earth Briefs

Garden Project to visit Basalt

The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado will sponsor a workshop about design, construction and management of greenhouses for year-round food production on April 12 and 13 at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt.

Taught by Jerome Osentowski, founder of the institute, and architect Michael Thompson, this workshop will introduce people to a geosolar design that allows people to grow crops during winter. This design is suitable for small-backyard gardeners or large-scale organic farmers.

For more information, visit or, email Frank LeBeau at or call 903-8120.

Free solar, energy assessments available

Colorado Energy Master volunteers trained by the Colorado State University Extension office are available to conduct free solar and home energy assessments for Durango-area homes.

Solar assessments can be conducted on site or over the phone, and last one hour or less. Solar assessments will help determine if houses are good candidates for a solar electric system; estimate the size of a grid-tied solar system; and estimate the costs and savings associated with a grid-tied solar system.

Home energy assessments are basic walk-through visits that last one to two hours and will help identify and reduce areas of energy waste in a home.

To schedule an assessment, email Cary Weiner at or call (970) 491-3784.

State Youth Corps honors local member

The Colorado Youth Corps Association honored its 2012 Champions and Corpsmembers of the Year at the annual Youth Corps Awards Ceremony Feb. 4 at the state Capitol Old Supreme Court chambers.

Natalia Anzola from the Southwest Conservation Corps was one of 10 honored as 2012 Corpsmembers of the Year. Anzola, 26, joined the corps’ Four Corners Region in March 2012 as a member of a Sustainable Forestry Team. Anzola joined the 2012 Crew Leader Development Program for the following season. This crew focuses on hands-on skill development in crew and project leadership. Since August, she has been serving a yearlong term as Tribal Outreach and Development VISTA. Her projects include collaborating with tribal partners and land management agencies to pilot new conservation crews that will be run on the Navajo Nation, as well as an alternative spring break program for young people in New Mexico and Arizona.

For more information, visit

Herald Staff