2017 EARTH WEEK
This is year FOUR that Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS) has promoted celebration of Earth Day by encouraging individuals, organizations and businesses in our community to sponsor an appropriate activity during the week that includes Earth Day, April 17 through Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Activities include bird walks, free recycling, plant sales, free films, Life Long Learning presentations, free food, 5K Trash Walks, tree planting, and more. This year we will also have an Earth Day Fair from 10 – 2 on Saturday at the Pagosa High School (click here for list of speakers) (click here for list of Information Tables 2017). At 2:30 the March for Science as part of the International March for Science “Science, Not Silence” will gather at the Ross Aragon Community Center parking lot . This is a community in action celebrating Planet Earth just as she begins to burst forward with new life. Click here for the complete schedule of events and visit businesses promoting our celebration – Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill and Pagosa Baking Company.
Calling all vegetable gardeners
Time to start thinking about what you want to put in this year. Take a look at your notes from last year. What worked? What didn’t? What about the seeds you saved? Enough for this year? If not, who will you order from? Check around for recommendations. Take a look at your calendar. When did you plant which vegetables. Did it work? Need to change anything? While you have your calendar out get the FARMERS MARKET dates in. We open Saturday, June 17th and run through September 16th.
Our Small Grower Co-op is especially designed to make selling easy for the backyard grower who sometimes has an over-abundance of produce (for info call Ron Chacey at 264-6275).
If you are a consumer interested in fresh, locally produced goods, we invite you to come out on Saturday mornings (early for a good selection) and enjoy the advantage of knowing your farmer, knowing your food – an advantage only available at your local farmers market.
2016 RECYCLED CHRISTMAS TREE
Featured in the annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser held at the Ross Aragon Community Center in December 2016, was the SOS recycled Christmas tree. Click here for details.
Who’s Got Time to Deal with the Environment? You do!! Click here for more details.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION
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SOS’s latest donation to the Ruby Sisson Library. CHECK IT OUT!
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SOS (Southwest Organization for Sustainability) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our Mission is to promote a sustainable community with a primary focus in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.
We grew out of a group of environmentally, concerned citizens in Archuleta county, who in 2008 formed the Southwest Organization for Sustainability. Our founder and Chair, Denise Rue-Pastin, is an environmental professional who decided to take action by forming the group after repeated “What can we do?” inquires. Our membership now stands at roughly 150 members.
We are solely supported through membership and donation. Your tax-deductable contribution is greatly appreciated. Click here to learn more about memberships.
- Communicate with and educate the public and elected officials about choices that affect sustainability.
- Undertake and support specific projects that foster sustainability.
- Offer coordination by partnering with a variety of individuals and groups to fulfill community needs.
- Research best practices adopted elsewhere to foster sustainable communities.
- Investigate funding options to support local sustainability efforts.
- Maintain awareness of sustainability efforts in the Four Corners Region.