Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building, and partnerships.
Guidestone was founded in 2007 in Central Colorado (Chaffee County) to support the preservation of agricultural resources in the region and foster the development of a demonstration farm that could be used for agricultural education and training purposes. Although its original vision was modeled after Guidestone Farms (an education farm formerly operating on the front range), the name Guidestone was chosen to honor the past and present elders and leaders who have dedicated themselves to building healthy and resilient communities through the production and education of locally grown and raised food.
Guidestone is currently based out of the Historic Hutchinson Homestead, located in Salida Colorado and continues to directly serve the communities of Chaffee County with a broader focus of serving the Central Colorado region and expanding statewide efforts for the Colorado Land Link Program.
Guidestone Program Testimonials
Farmhands Program Participants
I want to do that every week this summer!!!
-2019 STEM Garden Camp Participant
Stella loved every minute of Pioneer Camp! She raved about it for days and even taught us some very interesting facts about bees. Many thanks to you and all those involved in offering outstanding summer camps in our small community!
-Mother of a 2018 Pioneer Camp Participant
We've heard phenomenal feedback about the quality and impact of the programs for little ones at Guidestone. Now that our son is 5 we're hoping to finally have him enjoy a rich summer experience through this program.
-New 2019 Farmhands participant family
by Maddie Porter, Garden Camp Participant, age 10
Looks like: a leafy rainbow waving in the breeze
Sounds like: the flickering of a silent flame with the volume turned up
Smells like: a fresh rain with the sun peeking out
Feels like: a brush on your arm, a scrape on your leg and cocoa powder sifting through your hands
Tastes like: a nutritious, juicy meal filling your tummy
A garden is like adventure beginning to end and over again.
AgriSummit Event: Local Foods + Agritourism in the Heart of the Rockies
-2019 AgriSummit Participants
The Guidestone staff did a fantastic job facilitating an event that catered to all types of farmers, backyard growers, and folks working toward more sustainable futures. After attending this event I felt encouraged to continue to build community with fellow farmers and am already looking forward to next year's event!
An inspiring gathering of food system innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers holding important discussions about our food systems data, local ownership and opportunity.
Colorado Land Link
-Growing Your Farm Business/ Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Participants
Visioning and strategic planning has helped us grow our business through strategic communications!
The first phone call I had with the facilitator was helpful for completing the academic Applied Leadership Project that I was working on for my Environmental Leadership MA program, working with an organic farm located on Colorado's Western Slope.