2023 Schedule of Events

Content and discussions will be relevant to next generation and established producers as well as local food enthusiasts, educators, and community members.

The schedule is subject to change; details will be added as they are finalized.

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023
4:30-6pmNext Generation Networking & Career Connections
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida, CO
Monica Pless
Thursday, March 9th, 2023
12:30-4pmFarm, Ranch, & Agritourism Tours
We will visit Arrowpoint Cattle Company, Headwaters Farm at Erin's Organics Greenhouse, and Meadows Edge Farm, and then head to a Happy Hour at Deerhammer in Buena Vista, CO
6-8:30pmFilm Screening
The Stardust
16450 Co Rd 306, Buena Vista, CO
Details about films coming soon!
Friday, March 10th, 2023Full Day at Salida Steamplant, 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, CO
8:00-8:30amCheck-In & Registration
8:30-9:00amWelcome Address
Guidestone Welcome - Andrea Earley Coen

Community Address
9:15-10:15amBreakout Sessions
Hydroponic Leafy Greens in Cold-Climate Regions -- Bailey Burgess, Mountain Roots Food Project

Soil Health STARs of the Upper Arkansas -- Sarah Hamilton, Natalie Allio, & Rick Bieterman

Eat Where You Live: Local Purchasing Panel -- Cari Watson of Robin's, Eddie Sandoval of Asian Palate, Matt Anderson of Arrowpoint Cattle Company

Local Mushroom Farming & Bioremediation Projects -- Tylor Berreth, Alpine Valley Mushrooms
10:25-11:25amBreakout Sessions
New Labor Law -- Dan Waldvogle

Land Management & Fire Mitigation Through Contract Grazing Goats -- Lani Malmberg & Donny Benz

High Desert Mushroom Cultivation and other Fungal Pursuits -- Mercedes Perez Whitman
11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Featuring Local Products
12:30-1:15pmKeynote Address
Rising from the Ashes: Ranching in the Desert -- Alejandro Carrillo
How mimicking nature builds a strong and resilient operation in uncertain times
1:20-2:20pmBreakout Sessions
Making the Most of your Resources: Water, Fencing, Genetics, Herding and More
Part 1 -- Alejandro Carrillo

Farmer Training -- Beth LaShell

Living Medicine: The Agroecology of Medicinal Plants -- Amy Kousch

AgriVoltaics at Jack's Solar Garden -- Byron Kominek
2:30-3:30pmBreakout Sessions
Making the Most of your Resources: Water, Fencing, Genetics, Herding and More
Part 2 -- Alejandro Carrillo

Improving Pastures Through the Lens of Soil Health
(Colorado focus) -- Annie Overlin

Worm Farming on a Small Scale -- Erika Babbitt-Rogers

Offsite Tour: Low-Till Techniques on a Small Farm -- Monica Pless & Emma Lietz Bilecky
This session is offsite at Community & School Farm, in Salida
3:30-5pmCommunity Open House and Seed Swap
5-7pmPost-Conference Social with Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Salida
Location TBD
Saturday, March 11th, 2023
9-11 amMushroom Growing Workshop
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida, CO
MycoSprings - Mercedes Perez Whitman