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Friday April 22, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM MDT
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SteamPlant Theater and Event Center, Salida 
220 W. Sackett Ave 


Andrea Coen 
Guidestone Colorado


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AgriSummit 2016
Local Food + Agritourism in the Heart of the Rockies 

About AgriSummit 2016:

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

Registration Closes at NOON on Wednesday, April 20!

Click here to view the complete AgriSummit Program

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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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 22

8:30am            Registration/ Marketplace Opens

9:15am            Welcome/Opening Remarks                        

9:30am            Special Address: Agritourism in Colorado
                          Gail Schwartz, Former Senator

10:15am          Breakout Sessions (90 minutes)
                          A. Agritiourism: What is it?  Is it For Me?
                         B. Building a Vibrant Agricultural Future: Resources for Aspiring Farmers & Ranchers
                         C.Growing Food in the High Country:  Tricks of the Trade!

12:00pm         Lunch Served/ Marketplace & Networking
                         Highlight: Central Colorado FoodShed Alliance

1:30pm           Breakout sessions (60 min)
                         A. Heritage Tourism:  Highlighting local models & resources
                         B. Agricultural Funding Opportunities & Grant Writing 101- Part 1
                         C. Cooking with Local Foods!  Promoting Health & Nutrition

2:45pm           Breakout sessions (60 min)
                         A. Agritiourism:  Taking the Next Step
                         B. Agricultural Funding- Grant Writing- Tips & Tricks Part 2
                         C. Building Community through Agricutural Education & Community Education

4:00pm           Round Table Discussions/ Reception

5:00pm           Community Open House/ Marketplace

6:30pm           Symphony of the Soil- Doors Open

7:00pm           Symphony of the Soil- Screening

We are excited to welcome Deborah Koons Garcia to provide an introduction to her film, Symphony of the Soil. Film Director, Writer and Producer, Deborah Koons Garcia has spent the last fifteen years focused primarily on films about agriculture and the food system, including the groundbreaking film The Future of Food. Her latest film, Symphony of the Soilwhich is currently in wide release, was designated a Critics’ Pick by the New York Times and was shown at the United Nations in New York City on World Soil Day which launched the UN International Year of the Soils. To learn more about Deborah Koonz-Garcia and Symphony of the Soil, click here .

Registration Fees:  

General Attendees/ Full Event (includes film screening) - $45
For Farmers and Ranchers specifically interested in pursuing agritourism, scholarships are available.  Please inquire at for more information.

To purchase tickets for Symphony of the Soil screening only, please click here.

To reserve a booth at the Farmer's Marketplace, hosted by the Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance, please email

All registrations include lunch.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please inquire at for more information.

                       pumpkin patch 2011