2024 COCEWL SUMMIT
March 21 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Rio Grande Farm Park Education Center, Alamosa, CO
March 22 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at a nearby San Luis Valley farm
Registration is free. Coffee and lunch provided on both days.
We’re excited that this year’s summit is being co-hosted by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and is being expanded to two days. On day one, organizations will share their work to support local food systems and land stewards in the San Luis Valley and other regions of Colorado. Participants will learn how they can plug in, and brainstorm with each other about where future projects need to focus to meet ongoing needs. Day two will be spent visiting a Jones Farms Organics in Hooper.
Our annual summit offers a welcoming and creative space where we build relationships that help us respond collectively to shared challenges. This year, we will explore how projects in the San Luis Valley and beyond contribute to enhancing working lands.
Maclaine Sorden and colleagues from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and its Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) will share about opportunities for producers to access support in building soil health in their operations.
Jocelyn Catterson will share some of the programs the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is working on to support land stewards in the San Luis Valley.
Jae Sanders from the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition will share results from their community food and agriculture assessment as well as opportunities to get involved in their work.
Further session descriptions and speaker bios will be added as they are confirmed; check back soon!
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