Benefits of Homesteading
Regardless of whether or not you live on a farm, or simply have a small backyard homestead, the benefits of a lifestyle where you can be more self-sufficient are great.
As the weather starts to warm up, there are a lot of tasks you can do on your homestead that will help get you set up for the coming season and year. Keep these summer chores in mind so that you can be ready for the fall.
The Pagosa Senior Center is kicking off our homesteading essentials workshop series with a sourdough basics course on March 20. A free class will be put on by local baker and the Dyna Bakery business owner Alison Braun. Course will include: history and health benefits of fresh local sourdough, tools you really knead for bread making, starting and maintaining a starter, fermentation tactics/times, details for mixing and proofing and sharing of favorite sourdough formulas.
Registration to attend is required so please call 970-264-2167 to put your name on the list. Limited seats available.
Future workshops include composting, food preservation, growing dome and backyard gardening, herbalism and more. We are looking for local experts to share their knowledge in this series supporting self reliance and sustainability in our community. Please contact us if you are interested in leading a class or participating.
Community Cafe Menu
Thursday, March 2 – Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice, Roasted Cauliflower, Garden Salad,
Friday, March 3 – Seafood Veracruz with Cod & Shrimp, Quinoa, Garden Salad, Fruit, Milk.
Monday, March 6 – Beef Spaghetti, Broccoli, Garlic Bread, Garden Salad, Fruit, Carrot Cake and Milk.
Tuesday March 7 – Pork Kielbasa with Onions and Peppers, German Potato Salad, Green Salad, Fruit and Milk.
Wednesday, March 8 – Chicken Enchilada Pie with Green Chile, Mexican style corn, Green Salad, Chocolate Chip and Milk.
Thursday, March 9 – Mushroom Rigatoni with Sauteed Squash, Dinner Roll, Green Salad, Fruit and Milk.
Friday, March 10 – Hawaiian Shrimp Skewers, Coconut Rice, Pina Colada Fruit Salad, Garden Salad, and Milk.
Text Us at 970-264-2167
Don’t forget that we also offer a convenient texting service for you to communicate with us. When texting, please include your name, phone number and the days you want a meal. If you are calling to cancel a reservation, please include your name, phone number and the days you want to cancel. Texting services are available for dining-in meal reservations, Grab-n-Go meals, and Meals on Wheels recipients.
Mobile Food Pantry Service
The Pagosa Senior Center would like to remind the community about our mobile food pantry services we provide in partnership with Archuleta County MET to seniors age 60 and older throughout most areas of Archuleta County. In order to participate in this program, community members must visit with Barbara Noriega at the downtown Senior Center located in the Ross Aragon Community Center to fill out an application to qualify for the mobile pantry service. The application, called the dining assessment form, is also available on our website at the bottom of the Community Cafe page http://www.psseniors.org/community-cafeacute.html. For more information contact us at 970-264-2167.
The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Classes are every Wednesday at 1:15 pm in the Pagosa Senior Center. This activity is open to all ages. Help us create an intergenerational community. For those under 18 and/or with disabilities you are welcome to join us, but we kindly ask you to please bring an adult chaperone with you.
Hand & Foot Card Game
Whether you are new to Hand & Foot or interested in learning, please join us most Thursdays at 1:15 at the Senior Center. This card game involves 4 rounds of playing until the final round is reached – some 2 to 3 hours later. Plan to stay and meet some new friends or catch up with those you have missed over the last couple of years. No experience is necessary so come willing to learn.
Kitchen and Admin Volunteers Needed
The Community Cafe at the Pagosa Senior Center is requesting volunteers to help with our front desk pickup meals and in the office in administrative tasks. Please call or text us at 970-264-2167 to volunteer or for more information.
ASI has an immediate monetary need to support ongoing operations and programming that provide critical services to some of the most vulnerable in Archuleta County. Please consider donating to Archuleta Seniors Inc. You may mail your donation to PO BOX 3444, Pagosa Springs CO 81147 or please visit our website: http://www.psseniors.org/ (donation button). Donation checks can be written to: Archuleta Seniors, Inc. We are located at 451 Hot Springs Blvd., in downtown Pagosa Springs.
For more information about ASI, please visit http://www.psseniors.org/.
Rose Chavez is Executive Director for Archuleta Seniors, Inc. and Public Health Consultant at Archuleta Food System/Food Equity Coalition.