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I met Illene Pevic for a picnic lunch and never imagined the glorious gardens I would see before departing her company a few hours later on September 27, 2010.

Illene is part of an active community of gardeners, lending their expertise to the students at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, Colorado.

This gallery features the bounty of the dome built this past Spring and planted July 29 & 30, 2010.

An orchard will be planted October 10, 2010 with fruit trees and bushes and a 1.5 acre farm will be sown in the Spring of 2010 on the South side of the high school. The mission is to provide all the vegetables, fruits and herbs for the school lunch program. Money is still need for a photovoltaic panel, irrigation, deer fencing, etc.

I feel badly as Illene is studying for her PhD. and is writing her dissertation currently but took the last week off of her heavy schedule to assemble a grant and video for submission for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. After trying to submit the entire day, Sept. 30th, the grant failed to be submitted and the 1000 project limit was reached at 10:02 p.m. Quite disappointing for all of us. I hope if this grant gets successfully submitted in the next Challenge round, that y'all will vote EACH day and spread the word!

Thanks Illene for all you are doing and for your great teachings and guided tour of the dome!

If you'd like to see a quick version of the dome's construction and planting, watch this 1.5 minute video: http://bit.ly/c8irq2

RFHS Greenhouse & Gardens has a blog with great photos showing the construction from the ground up: http://bit.ly/css8Md
The Roaring Fork High School Dome GardenIllene Pevec looks over the gardens nurtured by high school students she mentors.Fresh Basil used in the school lunch program.Fresh Basil lines the shelf above the water tank which keeps the dome humidity correct.Fresh tomatoes on the vine, planted July 29, 2010.Air conditioning and water tower.Beautiful Swiss Chard, I suspect, from Botanical Interests seeds.Great walkways through the gardens inside the dome.Fresh peppers started July 29, 2010Illene Pevic, one of the people behind getting fresh veggies into school lunches in Carbondale, Colorado, stands among the bounty, planted July 29, 2010.Illene PevecIllene Pevec