Guidestone Colorado’s second annual AgriSummit gets underway this weekend with agricultural-themed events including workshops, an early season farmers market, a community open house featuring live music and libations tasting, and a 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration for Guidestone on Friday, April 21.

Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center Director of Operations Andrea Earley Coen said the AgriSummit is not based on an existing model from other communities. Instead, the concept behind the AgriSummit is unique to Chaffee County. “The intention is to highlight and bring agritourism to our region by providing learning opportunities, networking and discussion around these themes.”

Local, regional and statewide experts will present a full day of sessions geared toward established producers, aspiring agriculturalists and community members alike on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant. Advance registration includes a luncheon prepared by Kalamatapit Catering and access to a midday farmers market at noon.

A silent auction benefiting Guidestone will begin around noon for workshop participants and will continue throughout the open house and into the evening’s gala. Items include gift certificates for a bed and breakfast stay in Winter Park, local products, art and passes to hot springs and yoga classes.

The free community open house will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant and feature tastings from the Libations Society, food samples and farmers market items for sale. Slide guitarist Chris Nasca will perform live originals and cover music.

At 6 p.m. Friday evening, Dan Waldvogle and Americana/alternative folk band Big Meadow are on tap for live music during the anniversary gala, where Kalamatapit will again cater the meal and an awards ceremony will be held. The four members of Salida band Big Meadow blend their instruments with vocal harmonies to put on what has been called a “mellifluence of dazzle-your-tattered-socks mountain music.”

The weekend events continue Saturday with a Parade of Species and Earth Day events at Riverside Park beginning at 9 a.m., a Hutchinson Homestead Open House from 10 a.m. to noon, and a Holman School Farm Volunteer Work Party from 1 to 3 p.m.

Savor Chaffee County – celebrating local food, stories and businesses – will run all weekend, as well. Savor is a chance for restaurants, wineries and breweries to represent the best of the valley by showcasing a local producer or product on their menu during the Earth Day weekend. Find a list of participating businesses here.

According to their website, Guidestone Colorado is a Chaffee County non-profit organization that is growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building and partnerships.

Registration for the Friday workshop and farmers market vendors closes Wednesday, April 19. Tickets are $45 for the summit workshops, $35 for the gala dinner or $75 for the entire day of events. For more information, to view a complete schedule, or to register, visit guidestonecolorado.org or email info@guidestonecolorado.org.