Saturday, March 7th, 2020


Kurt Jones, CSU Extension Office

County Director – 4-H / Natural Resources / Agriculture

Kurt Headshot


Kurt will be discussing pollinator gardens. Check out this talk to learn tips and tricks and plant suggestions for supporting native and introducing pollinators in our mountain valleys.


Suzanne Rougé, Hummingbird Horizons

Suzanne Rougé B.ED. is an educator, Steve Allin certified hemp builder, artist, writer and hemp advocate.

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Suzanne will discuss the Hemp Biomass Bridge.
Learn how to connect the dots between cannabis as medicine, food and products. Suzanne will discuss how to build a bridge that connects growers with a myriad of markets for hemp biomass.


Valley Educational Garden Initiative VEGI 

Autumn Setzler is program director of  this educational La Puente offshoot.

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Autumn’s presentation will include information about who VEGI is, what VEGI’s role is in the San Luis Valley, and why organizations like VEGI are crucial in creating an equitable and just food system.


SAVE Salida Seed Library

Hannah Van Eendenberg is co-founder of SAVE.



She will be discussing the importance of seed libraries and how the SAVE Salida Seed Library began, as well as ways to get one started in your community.


Green Earth Farms

Tom McCracken was a founding member of the Colorado Organic Producers Association, which lobbied for the establishment of a Colorado Organic Certification program.

Elderberry from green earth farmsHe served as a member of the Saguache County Weed Board.  In alliance with other farmers and ranchers he lobbied the state legislature on behalf of Surface Water Right holders, challenging the state’s attempt to take private property rights without due compensation.

Tom will be discussing the efforts by the Sub-Districts to recover the aquifer, effects of the Closed Basin Project, and impacts on surface water users.


Miss Penn’s Mountain Seeds & Smart Greenhouse LLC

 Penn and Cord are co-instructor’s at the Denver Botanic Gardens and teach a slew of high-altitude growing classes there and around the region.  Their very popular day-long Sustainable Greenhouse Design class is held on their 43 acre property or at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Miss Penn’s Mountain Seeds is a small, high-altitude, bio-regional seed company  Penn Mt Seeds Pictureservicing the mountain people.  Penn is a tomato specialist and offers over 200 varieties of adapting tomatoes – the Holy Grail of the mountains.  She also offers around 50 native wildflowers along with a mix of garden flowers, herbs and wild foods.

Penn will be discussion growing food in the mountains. Topics include seed adaptation, night-time covers, soil building, combining techniques, sustainable greenhouses, seed starting, composting, integrated pest management and more. The Rockies can grow food – so can you!


As we grow the 10th Annual SLV Seed Exchange, we will update information on the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.


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