On behalf of Guidestone’s Board of Trustees and staff, I would like to extend a resounding thank you to everyone in the community that participated in our 5th Annual Pumpkin Patch at Cottonwood Meadows. Thanks to gorgeous fall weather and such a supportive community, this was our most successful event yet. We are delighted at this year’s turnout, with more than 1700 people in attendance over the two weekends’ festivities!
All of the proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch go to support Guidestone’s Farmhands Education Program, which provides hands-on, experiential farm & nature-based education programs to school groups, children and families. Guidestone is a Chaffee County-based non-profit dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through preserving agricultural resources and educating
We would like to specifically thank the following individuals, organizations and animals for helping make the Pumpkin Patch such a great event: Weathervane Farm & Cottonwood Creek Dairy staff and family of farm animals, John Cogswell, Colorado Grown Distribution Center, Ralph Ogden and his team of wranglers, draft horses and ponies from Arkansas Valley Trail Rides, Dennis Fischer and his mule team, the Chaffee County Fire Protection District, and all of our hard-working and positive volunteers: Angie Jensen, Ashley Blazer, Ben Walker, Bev Palm, Bill Earley, Chrissy Supples, Danielle Riggio, Jane Lambard, Jessica Adamson, Jessica Pettee, Joan & Randy Roberts, Josh Visitacion, Karen & Will Berry, Katrina Clark, Kira Cunningham, Kristine Smock, Maude Perschbacher, Naomi Allen, Paul Hauser, Rebecca Owens, Sarah Mudge and Travis Colbert. for ecological literacy.
We also would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorships or in-kind donations:
LiveWell Chaffee County, The Boathouse Cantina, Landmark Surveying and Mapping, Arlie Dale’s Jug Liquors, Arrowpoint Cattle Company, Brady’s West, Buena Vista Roastery, The Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery, Erin’s Organics Geothermal Greenhouse, The Evergreen Café, GOTO Guide, Headwaters Outdoor Equipment, Heart of Colorado Vacations, Kaleidoscope Toys, The Maverick Potter, The Mixing Bowl, Moonstone Ventures, Mother’s Bistro, Natural Habitats, Nature’s Pantry, Susan Dempsey Hughes (Pinon Realty), Rebound Physical Therapy, Rise and Shine Bakery, Salida Bread Company, Salida Mountain Sports, Simple Foods and Southwest Conservation Corps.
Community support is invaluable to the success of these programs, and we are grateful to be part of such an enthusiastic community that supports local food and local agriculture. Thanks again, and best wishes for a cozy winter. We hope to see you on the farm again soon!
Andrea Earley Coen
Guidestone Education Director