2014 ScSEED Annual Report

Projects, events, finances, staff info and more!  ScSEED is committed to promoting economic development and environmental sustainability - Check out what we've been up to and find out how to get involved!

2015: The International Year of the Soils

The 68th United Nations General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of the Soils.  In honor of this declaration the film "Symphony of the Soil" is available for free onine streaming from December 5-December 12.  "This film raises the bar.  It makes you care about our Earth's precious skin, so rare among planets." -Barbara Damrosch, Washington Post.  Watch Symphony of the Soil here, now!





On October 18, ScSEED and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado co-hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Historic Ute Theatre in Saguache, CO to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  To all of you who took part in the event, your support made the festival a success.  Thank you for a wonderful evening!


When President Johnson signed the Wilderness Bill he stated, "The Wilderness Bill declares for our prosperity, for all time to come, 9 million acres of this vast continent in their origional and unchanging beauty and wonder."  50 years later and those 9 million acres protected by the Wilderness Act have grown to include nearly 110 million acres.  The numbers alone show the importance we as a people put on our wild spaces.  The struggle to maintain harmony between man and environment is the heart of conservation. Email or join the ScSEED mailing list to get involved with conservation projects in the Northern San Luis Valley.






Green Earth Farm helps bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Saguache this October

There is beauty in Green Earth Farm that resonates with hard work and the essence of jobs being done to their very best. Founders and Co-Managers Tom and Lillian McKracken have been producing organic food for over 24 years on this land, 7,900 feet up, cradled by an ancient sea bed and the world's largest caldera.  ScSEED is proud to acknowledge Green Earth Farm for helping to bring the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, a renowned tour of environmental films, to Saguache County this October.  





Fancy Dress Required for the Pre-release Celebration of a Saguache County Heritage Brochure

ScSEED and the Saguache County Tourism Council have nearly completed Saguache County's first heritage brochure, including map. Email if you would like to add input before printing and distribution!



The Value of Water: Kerber Creek Restoration Advances into the 2014 Field Season

The Kerber Creek Restoration Project (KCRP) is a multi-agency, public and private collaboration that endevours to restore the Kerber watershed from detrimental impacts of historic mining.  The KCRP has been addressing this area in the Northern San Luis Valley for nearly a decade, and has transformed the degraded environment back to one capable of sustaining life.  To learn more about the projects recent accomplishments and future, from brass tacks improvements and volunteer projects to new field opportunities with the Univeristy of Colorado and Colorado College, check out the Summer 2014 Kerber Creek Quarterly.




Dave Martinez Park is Open in Downtown Saguache

The installation of this pocket park on Fourth Street, next to the Ute Theatre, was part of the Saguache Downtown Revitalization Project and was made possible by a partnership between ScSEED, the Town of Saguache, Saguache County, the Gates Family Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), Kim Smoyer, Burt Wadman, Don Jensen, RMMP Inc., Baxter MV Lumber, Laura Archuleta, Kate Vasha and a number of individual donors and volunteers. The park is already being utilized as a community gathering place, a resource for local historic information and the site of the farmers market on Fridays throughout the summer. Look for a current calendar of community events posted on the park's kiosk. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this project.



Saguache Works - 4th Street Local Foods Store OPEN!

In May, ScSEED recieved a grant to partner with Saguache Works who is embarking on a new economic development project in downtown Saguache. The new 4th Street Food Store is located in the Welcome Center at 404 4th street and offers a variety of produce, dried goods and other local products. Spinach, tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, kale, chard and much more is available at affordable prices. In addition they have healthy snacks and drinks as well as honey and goat's milk soap. Coming soon - organic, locally milled flour and jerky made in the San Luis Valley.  Follow them on facebook at or sign up for frequent updates by emailing





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HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF SAGUACHE which you can print (double-sided), fold in half and away you go on a wonderful tour of historic 4th Street and surrounding area in Saguache.  Click here to download a copy to print (warning: this is a large file because of all the wonderful old photos - please be patient it's worth the wait!)


See what's new in the SAGUACHE COMMUNITY GARDEN- click here!


Click here to get your copy of the RANCHING WAY OF LIFE DVD! Read reviews and find out more about how ScSEED is working to preserve Saguache County ranching heritage.



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