Friday April 20th & Saturday April 21st
Sponsorship: Black Canyon Land Trust, and Ag Committee of Ridgway – under the direction of Jane Bennett.
WHAT: We are a local committee focused on promoting everything Ag in Ouray County, and originally formed as part of the Governor’s “Botton-up Process” for economic development
VENDOR FEE: $20 for a 10 by 10 space
Vendors that will be promoting non-profits and for profit businesses:
1) Black Canyon Land Trust with Sue McIntosh (no charge)
2) CSU Extension Service with Yvette Henson
3) New Community Coalition with Kris Holstrom
4) Growing Spaces Domes of Pagosa Springs
5) Ridgway Community Garden with Judith Bartlett
6) University Centers of the San Miguel with Robyn Wilson
7) Buckhorn Gardens with Horton and Genevieve
8) Earth Wind and Rock with Susan Maybach?
9) Ridgway Farmer’s Market with Marietta Johnson?
10) Valley Food Partnership with Carol Parker?
11) Muddy Boot Farm with Jason and Katie Merkley?
WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED: 6-foot tables, colorful plastic table covers
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING: All paperwork, and items for display or sale, a check for the $20 vendor booth fee
WHAT IS NOT PERMITTED at the 4H Center: NO processed foods, without a USDA certified kitchen certification. For example – fresh items like cookies – must be purchased and pre-packaged.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
VENDOR SET UP: Friday, April 20th – Noon to 5 p.m. (Or, for just paperwork set-up, early Saturday morning is OK)
FRI. EVE: “Transition Ourway” presentation 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. / Wayne Pandorf / Speakers and community discussion on the current state of Transition towns.
SAT Morning: April 21st – 8:45 to 9:00 a.m. Meet and greet / Sign in
9:00 – 10:00 = Keynote speaker: Carol Parker – Valley Food Partnership – “Regional Food Systems” “What does a Community Food System look like, and how does it function, what empowers it, how does it distribute food, and what are the best marketing tools available?
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 = “Regional Success Stories” - Shining Mountain Herbs with Sheila Manzagol & Indian Ridge Farms with Toni and Barkley Daranyi
11:00 to Noon - Panel discussion (Moderator – to be determined) Challenges and opportunities in food production on the Western Slope. Questions will focus on what the panelists see as positive signs of growth in AG and how we might improve that growth.
1) What is your vision for expansion of Ag in your field…in Ouray County, or where you work?
2) What are the positive structures that are currently in place for success in Ag., and what are the obstructions to good production and distribution
3) What do you think about the new farm stand law in Ouray County?
Noon to 1 – Lunch Break
Afternoon Session: 1 – 3 p.m.
Round robin special interest tables, with an expert at each table / attendee visits a table of interest at 15 minutes intervals:
- Greenhouses, high tunnels – Kris Holstrom
- Soil preparation – Yvette Hensen of CSU extension
- Wild Crafting with herbs and oils – Katrina Bell or John Sir Jesse?
- Backyard poultry raising – Katie and Jason Merkley
- Backyard goats – Peggy Howe
- Food storage & preservation systems – Rhonda Fullman
- Organic gardening at 7000 feet! – Chris Lance
- Agri-Filly Yaks – Susan Maybach
- Permaculture Guilds – Robyn Wilson of Higher Learning Centers of the San Miguel
- Ponds with domestic duck production – Janet Smith
3 p.m. to 4:00 = Close up and take down by vendors