La Plata County CSU Extension donates $50K for SOIL Grow Dome

Once completed, the Grow Dome will be a space where plants can thrive year round. Students and community members will be able to explore innovative horticultural practices, such as aquaponics and technology integration. We look forward to welcoming La Plata 4-H members into the dome when it is completed in the Spring of 2024.

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“The SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab at Riverview Elementary gives students from across the District an opportunity to discover something new every time they visit. A plant, an insect, a vegetable they never tried," said Darrin Parmenter, Extension County Director & Specialist. "The garden – indoors or outdoors – allows them the chance to get dirty, to study, to learn. And to smile. Go check it out for yourself – no matter what else is going on in your life, a smile can always be found in the garden. Part of what makes this space so special, is that it encompasses everything that Colorado State University Extension – and our 4-H Youth Development program – value: an inclusive opportunity to teach both youth and adults, the value of gardening and agriculture.”

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Thank you, CSU Extension La Plata County 4-H Youth Development Program for your generous contribution to the SOIL Outdoor Learning Lab.