Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building, and partnerships.
Guidestone Colorado’s Board of Directors and staff have completed our 2019-2021 strategic plan focusing on the following overarching goals:
- Cultivate opportunities and experiences to increase agricultural awareness, connection, appreciation, and literacy (knowledge and skills development) surrounding agriculture and agricultural history.
- Build the capacity of new producers and local food systems.
- Ensure organizational strength and sustainability.
The organization’s strategies and programming are founded upon the belief that if individuals are exposed to experiences on local farms and ranches, that exposure results in a growing appreciation for where our food comes from and the commitment and resources needed to produce food locally. As a result of that appreciation, those individuals will then make choices that support and increase the capacity of the local food system. The result of these choices will be resilient local food systems, healthier communities, and a vibrant future for local agriculture.
Guidestone’s programmatic approach provides services to farmers, educators, youth, and community members through four cornerstone programs:
The Farm to School Initiative provides strategic support for school districts to ensure students have access to healthy, locally grown food in their school meal programs and integrated education correlated to state standards across disciplines.
Farmhands Education Programs build a community of learning, sharing, and celebration by providing youth and adults with the opportunity to grow their awareness, skills, and appreciation of farming, ranching and agricultural history.
The Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center is a dynamic heritage site dating back to the 1860’s where today, history and preservation bring the story of the land and community to life through interpretive education programs, celebrations, and events. Guidestone Colorado operates and manages this learning center with the vision of bridging our past to the future of agriculture in the Upper Arkansas River Valley.
Colorado Land Link – In a time where fewer than 2% of Americans now grow food for a living, coupled with a retiring generation of farmers and ranchers, Colorado Land Link is developing creative solutions to overcome this crisis by connecting aspiring farmers and ranchers to land opportunities and resources needed to launch a successful agricultural business. Our referral and resource center connects landseekers and landowners and provides access to a network of tools, resources, and technical services for the next generation of farmers.
For more information about any of our programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org