AgriSummit 2016 Comes to Salida!

AgriSummit is a day-long event highlighting opportunities for networking, discussion and learning focused on local food production and agritourism. Held at Salida's SteamPlant Event Center on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, starting at 8:30 a.m., AgriSummit 2016 will also include a catered luncheon featuring local foods and an early season farmer’s marketplace. The day's events will be followed by a one-time-only screening of Symphony of the Soil, introduced by the film's Director, special guest Deborah Koons Garcia.

Who Should Attend? • Producers and Landowners interested in starting an Agritourism business as part of a diversified business model or who currently have agritourism events on their land and would like to share their model or learn how to strengthen their current agritourism activities. • Beginning Producers interested in learning more about resources and techniques for producing food in the Central CO Rockies region. • Local Food Enthusiasts interested in learning more about local food initiatives and opportunities. • Educators & Community Members interested in learning more about the role of agriculture in education.

Session Tracks Breakout sessions throughout the day are split into 'tracks' in order to best meet the informational interests of three specifically identified audience groups. Participants do not need to choose one track only, and are welcome to join in on sessions across all tracks. To clarify the primary audience type for each track: Landowner/ Producer Track: This track is designed for landowners or producers who either already have agritourism offerings on their land and part of their business model, or are interested in exploring this as a future possibility for diversification and sustainability of their operations.

Beginning Farmer/ Producer Track: This track is designed for beginning producers, including farmers, ranchers, and urban/ backyard growers. This track will highlight production techniques, marketing opportunities and other resources supporting new farmers.

Community Track: Do you consider yourself a 'Foodie' or Local Food Enthusiast? Then this track is for you! Learn more about how you can support local food systems in your area, where you can find local markets and what other local initiatives are helping to grow and strengthen the local food system.

Cost for attendees is $45 and includes session tracks, lunch and admission to film screening of Symphony of the Soil. Scholarships for producers are available. For more details, a complete description of event sessions, and to register, visit: www.GuidestoneColorado.org. With questions, contact Andrea Coen: [email protected] or (719) 239-0955.

Community sponsors include the Colorado Tourism Office, Guidestone Colorado, the Salida Creative District, the SteamPlant Event Center, GARNA (Greater Arkansas River Nature Association), Central Colorado Food Shed Alliance, LTUA (Land Trust of Upper Arkansas), Colorado State University Extension and Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center.

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