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turtle lake community farm

Our farm community is located on four acres out past Turtle Lake. Our gardens are artistic expressions of an ongoing dance between the wild species, permaculture design, beauty and abundance.  We honor all life, wild & cultivated, at the farm. 


Our gardens include a primary market garden and many smaller gardens that integrate permaculture design in their shapes and multistoried food forest nature centered around fruit trees, edible shrubs, and perennial medicinal and edible plants.  


Currently we have goats, chickens, a friendly goose, fish and a host of cats and dogs.


We offer volunteer farm work days throughout the year. 

Winter season: Sundays from 1-3pm

Summer season: Sundays from 9-12 and Thursdays from 4-6

getting 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 Turtle Lake (also known as Chapman Lake on maps)

Take a right onto the dirt road Misty Lane

The Turtle Lake Community farm parking will be your next left into the lower driveway of 53 Misty Lane


Park in the first driveway on the left off of Misty Lane


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

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.

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