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 Distillery 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
Events with an * will also be livestreamed for those purchasing a virtual registration ticket
8:00-8:30amCheck-In & Registration
8:30-9:00amWelcome Address
Guidestone Welcome - Andrea Earley Coen

Community Address: Chaffee County Land Use Code Updates in Support of Agriculture -- Miles Cottom, Chaffee County Assistant Attorney & Planner
9:15-10:15amBreakout Sessions

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

Soil Health STARs - Improving Pastures Through the Lens of Soil Health
-- Sarah Hamilton & Natalie Allio of Central Colorado Conservancy, and Annie Overlin

Local Mushroom Farming & Bioremediation Projects -- Tylor Berreth, Alpine Valley Mushrooms

AgriVoltaics at Jack's Solar Garden -- Byron Kominek
10:25-11:25amBreakout Sessions
*New Colorado Ag Labor Law -- Dan Waldvogle, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

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

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

High Elevation Crop Growing Guides -- Beth LaShell, Old Fort Farm at Hesperus
11:30am-12:20pm Lunch catered by Robin's Salida featuring Arrowpoint Cattle beef and other Local Products from Valley Roots Food Hub
12:20-1:15pm*Keynote 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

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

Fruit Tree Pruning, Susan Carter, CSU Extension
2:30-3:30pmBreakout Sessions
*Making the Most of your Resources: Water, Fencing, Genetics, Herding and More
Part 2 -- Alejandro Carrillo

High Desert Mushroom Cultivation and other Fungal Pursuits -- Mercedes Perez Whitman

Watershed Ranch - Upgrades, Experiments, and Partnerships -- Rick Bieterman

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
With music by Tim Mooney
Seed Swap by Salida Seed Library
Libations tastings with Woods Distillery, Vino Salida, Soulcraft Brewing, and Sober Salida and our vendors and farmers market.
5-7pmPost-Conference Social with Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
146 Taphouse, 146 W 1st St, Salida
Saturday, March 11th, 2023
9-11 amMushroom Growing Workshop
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida, CO
MycoSprings - Mercedes Perez Whitman

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