Guidestone's Summer Opportunities at the Hutchinson Homestead and Community & School Farm

Guidestone’s Community & School Farm is hosting a High Altitude Gardening Adult Education Series two Mondays per month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, now through September. Each garden class will include a half hour presentation of information on the week’s topic, followed by an hour of hands-on application, taught by Guidestone Farm to School Director, Monica Pless. Afterwards, attendees can purchase produce, subject to seasonal availability. We will discuss Watering and Irrigation Systems (May 20th), Weed Prevention and Management Techniques (June 10th), Permaculture Techniques (June 24th), Pollinators and Pest Management (July 8th), Efficient Harvest Techniques & Keeping Veggies Fresh (July 22nd), Home-Scale Composting (August 12th), Basic Seed Saving Techniques (August 26th), and Low-Tech Season Extension Techniques (September 16th) and Preparing the Garden for Winter (September 30th). Meet at the Community & School Farm, located at 1455 Holman Ave (next to the dog park). Cost is $10 in advance; $15 at the gate. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your compost to drop off!

For those interested in summer volunteer opportunities, we invite you to help us grow healthy produce for Salida Schools' lunch program by participating in Community & School Farm Volunteer Days. From June to September, please join us at 1455 Holman Ave in Salida (next to the dog park) on Mondays from 8:00 am to noon and 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am to noon. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and enthusiasm. We have work gloves and gardening tools, but feel free to bring your own. All are welcome! No experience is necessary. Stay tuned: volunteer hours will shift in October.

For more information about all of these opportunities or to register for programs, visit, call 719-239-0955 or email [email protected]

Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center Tours and Summer Saturdays are almost here! Summer Saturdays at this unique 150-year-old historic homestead run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in June, July, and August. Explore the visitor center, site, and family-friendly hands-on activities from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, join a guided tour at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm, and stay for live music and pie from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Group tours can also be scheduled by appointment during the rest of the week. The Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center is located at 8913 W. Hwy 50, between Salida and Poncha Springs. We look forward to sharing the Hutchinson Homestead's interpretive displays, historic buildings and ranch history with you!

Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center Volunteer Opportunities. Volunteers play a significant role in providing engaging homestead experiences for youth, families, area visitors, and our local community and caring for this unique property. Volunteer tour guides are provided training and tour scripts early in the season and then sign up for Saturdays throughout the summer. Education program volunteers support Guidestone’s Farmhands Instructors, assisting with program prep and/or facilitation. All hands on deck for community events! Volunteer roles during events can include set up and clean up; welcome, wayfinding, and site information for guests; parking; hands-on activities for children; and tour guiding. Volunteers to help with grounds maintenance are also always needed. Please join us!

To learn more about programs and opportunities at the Hutchinson Homestead, please visit, call (719)239-0955 or email [email protected]

Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building, and partnerships.

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