Join us for the 15th Annual Ranching Celebration!
Local Food, Western Tales, Poetry, Live Music, Film, Silent Auction
April 25 & 26 in Saguache, CO
For 14 years, ScSEED and the Saguache County Museum have gathered with the community to honor the ranching tradition, so strong and important to this region, with an annual celebration full with food, song, stories and poetry. In the advent of our 15th year, we strive to expand the celebration so that it not only looks back upon a beloved legacy but also looks forward to the futures of our farms and ranches. Together with Orient Land Trust, the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, and the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, we will host the film HANNA RANCH at the Ute Theatre on Saturday, April 25th. Hanna Ranch is a moving documentary about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion reflecting on the issues raised by the film and holistic land management practices. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the theatre.
On Sunday, April 26th the traditional Ranching Celebration event will be held at the Sagauche Community Center. Enjoy a CHUCKWAGON DINNER sourced from LOCAL PRODUCERS, sponsored by Blue Range Ranch (Saguache), Chokurei Ranch (Crestone), and the Valley Food Coop (Alamosa), and learn about your local growers through the power of taste! There will be a variety of talented presenters and performers, emceed by Cowgirl-Poet Peggy Godfrey, sharing POETRY, MUSIC, and STORIES. Kids and those of us with child-like tendancies are welcome to try their hand at indoor horseshoes, (details include plastic 'shoes and appropriate prizes), and cowboy crafts. There will also be representatives from a number of land trusts and organizations to share information on current ranching and agriculture opportunities including GUIDESTONE COLORADO and the COLORADO LAND LINK PROGRAM.
2015 marks the beginning of a "Rancher Recognition" tradition profiling a local rancher whose hard work and dedication to the land inspires sustainable agricultural futures in an often tough and trying climate. For our first year we are proud to honor Jim Coleman of Coleman Ranch. The Coleman's were the first family in the Sagauche Creek area to protect their land with a conservation easement. Their ranch supports a diversity of wildlife, which is managed by limited hunting and fishing permits, and utilizes rotational grazing, cross-fencing and water facilities to prevent over-grazing and improve ranch forage.
A big thank you to our community members, and to our event sponsors: MONTE VISTA COOP, FIRST SOUTHWEST BANK, and AVENTA CREDIT UNION, who make this celebration possible!
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Fancy Dress Required for the Release Celebration of a Saguache County Heritage Brochure
With the help of a number of county residents and the Saguache County Tourism Council, ScSEED has completed Sagauche County's first heritage brochure and map. It is with great pride that we help to share the unique culture, the intiguing history of both people and place, and the beautiful landscape of our expansive nook in the Northern San Luis Valley. The heritage brochure encourages exploration and facilitates travel for residents and tourists alike, while also promoting local business and overall conservation and preservation efforts through the ideals it celebrates.
Please email Tess at firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute information or high resolution photography to the brochures online companion.
Wild & Scenic & the Wilderness Act
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/sos.saveoursaguache or sign up for frequent updates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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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!)
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