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 Turtle Lake Community Farm

This is our two-acre, out-of-town site, located near the actual Turtle Lake about four miles out of town.  At this site we have two greenhouses where we grow year round to supplement our lunches, an orchard of over 100 fruiting trees and shrubs, chemical-free and happy beehives and many organic gardens. Our gardens are artistic expressions of an ongoing dance between the wild species, permaculture design, beauty and abundance.  We honor all life wild and cultivated plants at the farm.  Our gardens include a labyrinth garden, eight spoke wheel celtic sun and moon garden, spirals, hearts, peace gardens and other wonderful and wild shapes centered around fruit trees, edible shrubs, and perennial medicinal and edible plants.   


How do we get to the farm?

- from downtown Durango, head north on Main Ave for about 1.5 miles

- take left on 25th St. (head West)

- stay on 25th St for approximately 3 miles (it will turn into Junction St, then County Rd. 204)

- take right on County Rd. 205 and go 1.5 miles

- you will pass a lake (Turtle Lake, also known as Chapman Lake on maps)

- the community farm will be on your right-hand side, on the corner of CR 205 and Misty Lane.

- you should see a yellow mailbox on your left hand side (1511 CR 205)  You can park in the driveway here and walk across the road to the farm. 

- (if you see Falls Creek Circle you've gone too far). 

- please be mindful of where you park (see parking section below)



Where can we park?

Park in the driveway of 1511 CR 205 across from the greenhouses by taking a left off of CR 205. Look for the yellow mailbox. You can also park at the farm across the street. After taking a right at Misty Lane, take an immediate left into the grassy parking area and park in front of the growing dome, dirt pile, compost bins, or "Turtle Parking" sign.  Please be mindful of not going past the telephone pole by the fence because this is the beginning of our neighbors' private property.

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Q: Where else can we park?

A: Please park in the driveway on the left side of County Rd 205 (across the street from the farm) at the yellow mailbox addressed 1511.

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Farm to School Program

Turtle Lake Refuge has been involved with the local Farm to School group since its conception in 2005.  We grow organic micro-greens year round for the public schools in Durango for their lunch salad bar program. We also provide micro-green growing hands-on education for the public schools as well as other charter schools in the area.  In addition to the produce we provide for the salad bars, we also provide granola for the breakfast program and other treats for special occasions.  We offer educational workshops to the public school systems and other school groups focusing on sustainable living practices such as identifying wild edible foods, sprouting and growing local food all year long in the greenhouses.