Guidestone Colorado

A nonprofit organization

At Guidestone, we work toward a vibrant agricultural future by supporting local producers, connecting new or beginning farmers and ranchers with Ag landowners, offering agriculture education opportunities, bolstering local food systems, and providing access to fresh local food for our youth and families. Please consider investing in this important work!


AgriSummit Conference

"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!"~AgriSummit Participant

"An inspiring gathering of food system innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers holding important discussions about our food systems data, local ownership and opportunity."~AgriSummit Participant


Farm to School Program

"Who wouldn't want to come out to the farm? You get to talk with your friends while you work, you get some sunshine, you get exercise, it's great."
~Teen Volunteer at the Community & School Farm

Colorado Land Link

"I just wanted to send a note to say we are doing really well on the property we are leasing. Being on this land allowed us to launch our new seed company! I'm so grateful for Land Link and all your support in helping us get here!"~Landseeker

"Visioning and strategic planning has helped us grow our business through strategic communications!"~Growing Your Farm Business - Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Participant

"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."~Growing Your Farm Business - Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Participant

Farmhands Education Programs

"Due to limited summer resources in our area, we were extremely grateful to have Guidestone summer camps. It was a fun and educational way for our kids to be healthy and engaged this summer and meet new kids from the community."
~Farmhands Summer Camp Parent

"I want to do that every week this summer!!!"
~STEM Garden Camp Participant

"My daughter 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!"
~Pioneer Camp Parent

Rural Heritage



Guidestone Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to growing a vibrant agricultural future through education, community building, and partnerships.

Background Statement

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 for agricultural education and training purposes. Although its original vision was modeled after Guidestone Farm, a farm formerly operating on the Front Range, Guidestone was formed as a non-profit to serve as a catalyst organization to build the capacity of agricultural education and to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers in Colorado.

Guidestone’s strategies and programming are founded upon the belief that if individuals are exposed to experiences on local farms and ranches, that exposure results in a growing appreciation for where our food comes from and the commitment and resources needed to produce food locally. As a result of that appreciation, those individuals will then make choices that support and increase the capacity of the local food system. The result of these choices will be resilient local food systems, healthier communities, and a vibrant future for local agriculture.

Guidestone’s programmatic approach provides services to farmers, educators, youth, and community members through four cornerstone programs:

The Farm to School Program provides operational and strategic support for school districts and institutions in their meal programs and integrated education correlated to state standards across disciplines.

Colorado Land Link serves aspiring and current farmers, ranchers, and landowners by providing education, resources, and connection to service providers through educational programming and a property listing database.

Farmhands Education Programs build a community of learning, sharing and celebration by providing youth and adults with the opportunity to grow their awareness, skills, and appreciation of farming, ranching and agricultural history.

The Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, a heritage site, is a dynamic historical and cultural interpretation and agricultural education center that serves current and future generations and bridges the past to the future of agriculture in our community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Guidestone Colorado

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Organization Size

Medium Organization


8913 W. US Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201


P.O. Box 1056
Salida, CO 81201

Service areas

Chaffee County, CO, US



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