2023 AgriSummit Conference
Building communities, below and above ground
Wednesday, March 8th – Saturday, March 11th, 2023

To all Sponsors, Event Partners, Presenters, Vendors and Participants….

We are grateful for support from the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Next Gen Ag Leadership grant to bring in speakers and to offer scholarships to new and aspiring farmers and ranchers, veterans, students and AmeriCorps members. The Friday afternoon low-till farm tour at Guidestone’s Community & School Farm is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA or CDA.

Wednesday, March 8th: Next Gen networking event for aspiring farmers and ranchers, students and young people getting into agricultural and food systems work.

Thursday, March 9th: afternoon farm, ranch, and agritourism tour; a happy hour at Deerhammer and film screening at the Stardust in Buena Vista.

Friday, March 10th: Full conference day at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center, including a welcome address, breakout sessions on topics including soil health, hydroponics, the new ag labor law, medicinal plants, worm composting, regenerative ranching and more, a lunch, a keynote address, Rising from the Ashes: Ranching in the Desert, by Alejandro Carrillo of Las Damas Ranch and the Grassland Regeneration Project and a Community Open House and Seed Swap. From 3:30-5:00pm, the Community Open House and Seed Swap are open to all, no need to pre-register! Friday will also include a virtual track.

Saturday, March 11th: Mushroom innoculation workshop in the morning.

We look forward to offering this opportunity to network, discuss, and learn about agritourism, agriculture, and local food. All are welcome, and we encourage community members to attend — we hope you’ll join us!

Seed Swap at AgriSummit!

If you save seeds, definitely mark your calendar for the Seed Swap, which is part of the Community Open House! The Community Open House is open to the public, with a suggested $5 donation, and also features vendors, live music with Tim Mooney, and libation samples.

Who should attend AgriSummit?

  • Producers and Landowners interested in learning about production and agritourism techniques.
  • Beginning Producers interested in learning more about resources and techniques for producing food in the Central CO Rockies region.
  • Food Enthusiasts & Community Members! If you are interested in local food, agriculture, community resiliency, and rural economies; want to learn more about local food initiatives and opportunities; and are eager to join in on the conversations, this event is for YOU!

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