2021 Schedule of Events

Register by Tuesday, April 13th!

Topics and presenters will be added as they are finalized.

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

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
9-10:30 amWorkshop
"Creating & Using Educational Garden Spaces"
Monica Pless, Guidestone Colorado
11 am-12:30 pmTours
Valley Roots Food Hub

James Ranch

Hallmark Ranch Alpacas
1-2:30 pmWorkshop
"Extreme Seeds - Grow, Adapt, Repeat"
Penn Parmenter, Miss Penn's Mountain Seeds
3-4:30 pmTours
Rio Grande Farm Park

Cloud City Conservation

"Applying Permaculture Principles to High Altitude Small-Scale Production"
Michael Blazewicz, Round River Design
6-7 pmHappy Hour
Free for all event attendees. Registration required to receive product samples!

"Whiskey & Chocolate Pairing"
Amy Eckstein, Deerhammer Distillery

"Live! Fermented Food Demo"
Eddie Sandoval, Asian Palate

"Can Fermented Foods Boost Your Nutritional Health?"
Bre Rocksund, RDN

"Live Music"
Andrea Earley Coen and Tom Plant
Friday, April 16th, 2021
9-9:15 amIntroduction & Welcome
Guidestone Staff & Board
9:15-10 amWelcome Address
"Chaffee County Recreation in Balance: Supporting Ranchers in Addressing Recreation Pressures"
Cindy Williams, Envision Chaffee County, Recreation in Balance

"Growing Sense of Place with Agritourism"
Andrew Grossmann, Colorado Tourism Office

"Community Food Systems in a Time of COVID: Opportunities, Challenges, Realizations"
Wendy Peters Moschetti, Nourish Colorado
10:05-10:50 am3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
"Values-Based Marketing to Attract Customers and Sales"
Heidi Anderson, theFarmBoard

"Make a Production of Your Farm Production, It's Virtually Easy"
Kelli Hepler, Colorado Agritourism Association

"The Might of Tiny Gardens"
Acadia Tucker, Author of Tiny Victory Gardens: Growing Food Without A Yard
10:50-11:10 amSelf-Care Activity Break
Emily Marquis
11:15 am-12 pm3 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
"Dig In! Discover Opportunities to Deepen and Expand Market Channels by Linking Up with Food Access Programming and By Getting Involved with Policy"
Jessica Wright, Amy Nelms, and Wendy Peters Moschetti; Nourish Colorado

"Hungry for Collaboration: A Food Coalition Panel"
Kalie McMonagle, Civic Canopy
Jodi Walker, Kids at Their Best, Food Coalition of Morgan County
Liza Marron, San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition
Rachel Landis, The Good Food Collective
Sally Ayotte, Community Dietician, Nourish Colorado, Chaffee Local Food Coalition

"San Luis Valley Static Pile Vermicompost Project"
Patrick O'Neill, Soil Health Services, PBC
12-12:15 pmGrab your lunch!
12:15-1:15 pmKeynote Address
"Local Seeds, The Key to Abundance and Resilience"
Bill McDorman, Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
1:15-1:30 pmThank You & Transition
1:30-2:30 pmExtended Conversations
Chaffee Local Food Coalition
National Young Farmers Coalition
Valley Roots Food Hub
Saturday, April 17th, 2021
11 am-6 pmSalida Seed Library Seed Bundle Pick-Up at Copper Kettle Apothecary (please pre-order)