672: Andrew Trujillo on Hobby gardening in a greenhouse.
Sharing the passion of gardening into the community starting at home.
This week we have a very special series of five daily episodes of the Urban Farm Podcast sharing the work of Growing Spaces, a company whose vision is to provide year-round growing solutions for your own food, no matter the weather. We start the week by hearing from the founders of the company, then we have three episodes from people just like you that are using Growing Domes to grow food for their community, and we wrap up the week hearing the vision of the new owners. We really encourage you to listen to this incredible content, then check out their website at GrowingSpaces.com/urbanfarm.
In This Podcast:
In the third of five episodes, we hear from Andrew Trujillo whose seeds of inspiration were planted in him as a child. When those seeds began to sprout as an adult, he watered and nourished them by connecting with and learning from lots of other gardeners. Andrew now uses his Growing Spaces growing dome to pass those seeds of gardening inspiration on to others in his community by building more gardens and providing fresh vegetables to neighbors in need.
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Andrew Trujillo is a husband, daddy, veteran, friend, and neighbor with a deep-rooted desire to grow, who thrives when working in the soil. He has helped build gardens at all the schools in Bayfield, Colorado, as well as the local food bank and his local church. Andrew uses a lot of permaculture techniques as well as hugelkultur in his garden designs. His own personal garden has an 18-foot diameter Growing Dome, where he shares about the benefits of this earth-friendly greenhouse.
This is episode 3 of a 5 part series. Listen to part 2 HERE, and don’t miss episode 4 tomorrow!
Listen in and learn about:
- Ending up in Bayfield, Colorado
- Getting inspired to grow food
- Just jumping in
- Storing water in the soil using hugelkulture
- Embracing clay in the soil
- Growing in a 90-day season
- Attracting attention with the geodesic dome
- Putting the cost into perspective
- Enjoying paradise inside the dome when it’s snowing outside
- Heating the dome without a heater
- What’s growing in Andrew’s dome?
- Venting the dome by natural means
- Keeping it simple
- Recommending Growing Spaces growing domes
- Providing fresh veggies to families in need
- Connecting to community
- Strawbale gardening at a school
As well as:
His failure – His first garden, planted before he had much knowledge
His success – Plugging into the local community and helping people find a passion for gardening
His drive – “I really love being outside. I love being in the garden. I love cultivating soil.”
His advice – “Don’t give up. Get your hands dirty. Get in there and work your soil.”
Andrew’s Book recommendations:
Straw Bale Gardening by Joel Karsten
How to reach Andrew:
Join us tomorrow for the fourth episode in this special series, where we talk to Wallace Kirby and Boe Luther, A couple of friends who are transforming their disadvantaged community.
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