Celebrating local food and agricultural tourism is the focus of the Third Annual AgriSummit. Held at the Salida SteamPlant, the day-long event includes workshops on all manner of subjects from holistic management to industrial hemp.

The event is a fundraiser for Guidestone Colorado and their educational programs. 

The keynote address at 1 p.m. will be presented by Joe and Jill Wheeling of The James Ranch in Durango.

Andrea Early Coen, director of operations at Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center, said the ranch has a “unique model” on their multigenerational farm.

Alternatively, you can dip your feet in the agriculture pool by attending the free open house from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will be a Farmers Market hosted by the Foodshed Alliance with vendors selling produce and giving information. It is also a good place to sign up for a Community-supported Agriculture share. There will be a silent auction, cash bar and live music by Matthew Coen.

After the open house will be another event open to all, the screening of the film “Farmers for America.” A brief presentation before the film will start at 6:30 p.m. The film, which is 75 minutes long will start at 7 p.m.

Coen explained the film to be about a population of young farmers with a “real passion” and a different approach to farming.

Tickets for the entire event are $50, which includes a lunch from Seasons Cafe. The cost to see the film is $10. Tickets can be purchase online at guidestonecolorado.org or from the SteamPlant box office.

On Saturday a number of local farms and ranches will be open for tours. See the chart below.

Coen said the event was initially created to bring attention to all the agriculture endeavors that Chaffee County and the surrounding areas are pursuing.  

“Historically, Chaffee County has been an agriculture county,” Andrea said. “We want to continue that and show people that it’s still a viable option for people.”


Brief Schedule of AgriSummit Events (for a detailed schedule visit guidestonecolorado.org)

9 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. Workshops
-Introduction to Fundamentals of Holistic Management
-Growing Food and Community with Local Energy
-Food for Thought

10:45 a.m. Workshops
-Industrial Hemp in Restoration Agriculture
-Season Extension and Why We Need It!
-Can Farm to School Work for Your Farm?

12 p.m. Lunch / Vendors / Silent Auction

1 p.m.   Keynote Speakers

Keynote Address – The James Ranch: A Model for Diversified Agriculture, Agritourism and Succession

2:30 p.m. Workshops
-Strategic Alliances in Agriculture
-Know Your Water – Water management in the Upper Arkansas River Basin
-From School Gardens to Incubator Farms-Pathways for Growing Farmers- Panel

3:45 p.m. Workshops
-Feeding Beef Cows in your Environment
-Year-round Passive Solar Aquaponic Food Production
-Agricultural Education- Resources for the Classroom!

4:30 p.m. Community Open House: Farmers Market, Libations & Silent Auction

6:30 p.m. Film Program begins / Opening Speakers

7 p.m. Movie Screening of ‘Farmers For America’



Ranch Tours Schedule April 21

Venue Type Time Cost
Hallmark Ranch Alpacas Open House 9-10 a.m. Free
Thomas Dairy Farm Tour 10 a.m. Free
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center Open House

Guided Tour

10 a.m. to noon

11 a.m.



Mountain Goat Lodge Farm Tour/Milking and Cheese Making Demonstration 1-2 p.m. $10 per person. Pre-register at andrea@guidestonecolorado.org
Jefferson Farms Open House 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free
Weathervane Farm Farm Tour and Work Projects 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free
Ring-a-Ding Farm Farm Tour 9-9:30 a.m. Free