Gardens are such a ripe metaphor for the Thanksgiving season; the cornucopia of the harvest reminding us all of the abundance we can experience through a garden harvest, a bountiful feast and the loving relationships of family and friends.

On this Thanksgiving, all of us at Guidestone would like to extend our gratitude to our volunteers, participants, partners and this community that values healthy local food.  Best wishes for an abundant and thank-filled holiday!

Protected Growing Spaces Seminar

Protected Growing Spaces Seminar

spinachInterested in growing fresh, healthy food year-round? Join Ed Berg of Salida Grown and Marc Plinke of Boulder-based Ceres Growing Systems for this skill-focused exploration of indoor growing spaces designed for our high-altitude, semi-arid climate. Whether you have a small backyard space or are in production on an acre or more, this seminar is for you!

Saturday, May 19 / 10am-2pm / $15 per person

Seminar Details:

During the first part of the day, a presentation by Ed & Marc will provide:
  • An agricultural history of where Chaffee County was, 100 years ago, what happened to our food culture, and how it is being rejuvenated.
  • An overview of what the County’s local food economy looks like now; who are the contributors from plow to Ploughboy Market to paired wine & food tastings.
  • An understanding of how to moderate our climatic conditions for vegetable growing all year round.
  • Examples on how much it would cost to start a protected garden space to contribute to your own table and to a shared food economy.

The afternoon will be dedicated to addressing specific case scenarios. Come prepared to share your own growing conditions, yard space and orientation, etc, and have the presenters and fellow participants discuss ways to get your garden producing.

Pre-registration is requested for this seminar. Location, directions and additional details will be provided upon registration.

To register, click here!

A Free Webinar: Why Eat Organic

Join eOrganic for Why Eat Organic by Jim Riddle, University of Minnesota. This is a live broadcast from the 2012 Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference. The broadcast is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM EST (10:45 Central, 9:45 Mountain, 8:45 Pacific Time)

Register now at

About the Webinar

As research into organic food and farming expands, trends are beginning to emerge validating the multiple benefits of organic systems. In this session, the author will present concise, understandable summaries of recently conducted research regarding nutrition, pesticide residues, biodiversity, natural resource conservation, soil and water quality, and food safety related to organic production and handling.

To find out more about this conference, see

To view all other upcoming and archived eOrganic webinar and broadcast recordings, go to

About Jim Riddle

Jim Riddle has worked for over 26 years as an organic farmer, inspector, author, policy analyst and educator. He was founding chair of the International Organic Inspectors Association, (IOIA), and co-author of the IFOAM/IOIA International Organic Inspection Manual. He has trained hundreds of organic inspectors throughout the world. Jim served on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Organic Advisory Task Force from 1991-2009, and was instrumental in passage of Minnesota’s landmark organic certification cost-share program. Since January 2006, Jim has worked as the University of Minnesota’s Organic Outreach Coordinator. Jim is former chair of the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board, and is a leading voice for organic agriculture.

About eOrganic

eOrganic is the Organic Agriculture Community of Practice at Our website at contains articles, videos, and webinars for farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, certifiers, researchers and educators seeking reliable information on organic agriculture, published research results, farmer experiences, and certification. The content is collaboratively authored and reviewed by our community of University researchers and Extension personnel, agricultural professionals, farmers, and certifiers with experience and expertise in organic agriculture.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Free and Easy Ways to Support Guidestone Every Day

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Creating Miracles for Sustainable Living

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Join us for a Fundraiser

Guidestone and partners Weathervane Farm, Cottonwood Creek Dairy,
and Colorado Grown Co-Op Market!
Hosted by Karen Lacy of Alternative Choices Wellness Center and Eddie Sandoval of Asian Palate.
When: Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: The State Hwy. Theater, Buena Vista
Cost: Entrance Fee (Donation) $5 Adults (13 and up); $3 Kids (5-12)
What: Come for dancing and live entertainment, silent auction, raffle drawing for prizes, and healthy food to eat! All money spent is tax deductible.
Guidestone is dedicated to strengthening the local food economy through preserving agricultural resources and educating for ecological literacy. Guidestone serves farmers, landowners, educators, youth, and community members in the Upper Arkansas River Valley by providing farm based education programs and by supporting and growing the capacity of agricultural resources to help ensure a secure agricultural future for the region. Two Buena Vista farms, Weathervane Farm and Cottonwood Creek Dairy, and Colorado Grown Co-op Market currently work with Guidestone and benefit from their work in the community.