Digging

Get outside and get ready for summer while supporting local nonprofits with two free community events on Saturday.

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies kicks off the growing season with a mix of activities and events for all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Hosted at ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch, the community is invited to meet local farmers, play with baby animals, collect eggs, take a hayride, plant potatoes and more. A seedling sale also will take place.

Eggs, meat, and “light brunch items” from Rock Bottom Ranch will be available for purchase.

Farm Collaborative, formerly known as Aspen Tree, hosts its spring planting party at its Cozy Point property from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Under its mantra, “Connected by food, guided by nature, rooted in place,” the nonprofit invites community members to help plants its cool weather vegetables – including broccoli, parsley, kale, onions, edible flowers, beets, chard, and a few new Asian crops – in its Heritage Orchard.

Bring gloves – Farm Collaborative will provide the rest. All ages are welcome, but please leave the dogs at home.

More information at www.thefarmcollaborative.org and www.aspennature.org.