Tours and Teaching

Farm Tours will be available starting Mid April

Baby goats and ducks will be arriving the weekend of the 13th!  Come meet the animals and see my unique management practices in motion.  Farm tours are $10 for  half an hour.  Groups over five are $20. Groups over ten are $30.  Call or email to set up a tour:  huttonac@gmail.com – 303-250-6027

Interested in learning small livestock butchering?

You’re welcome to come observe or help on slaughter days! Or, bring your own birds or rabbits, and we can set up a community butchering day (dare I say party?). Contact me to set up a butcher day (contact info below)

Volunteering

If you’d like more hands on experience with my farming techniques, please consider volunteering!  Come help with daily animal care, pasture rotations, feed sprouting, and composting.  Willing hands and new ideas are always most welcome.

Sustainable Agriculture (Sus 341) at Colorado Mountain College this Summer

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May 31st through August 9th

9am to Noon Fridays & 9am to noon Saturdays

You can sign up either as a non-credit student or as bachelor’s student if you’re part of the Sustainable Studies major. This class will be heavily hands on with weekly field trips to farms, ranches, and gardens as well as practical projects to challenge your creativity in the field and at the drawing board.  We’ll delve into the many pressing and controversial issues surrounding agriculture today and will extensively cover such topics as permaculture, sustainable grazing, composting, organic gardening, and season extending. Get ready for thought provoking discussions and a lot of laughs!  I’ll post the link for registering as soon as it’s available.

Fridays will be classroom sessions meeting at the CMC Lapalla Center with some short excursions around Carbondale. The classroom sessions will have some lecture, a lot of discussion, and quite a few guest speakers.

Saturdays will be field trips and projects all around the RF Valley.  We’ll tour and volunteer at several traditional ranches, the permaculture institute, Sustainable Settings, Rock Bottom, Holy Cow Meat Processing, Peach Valley CSA, a dairy farm, and the new Community Food Forest site. Every visit will include a hands on project, so you can not just see how all these talented farmers are practicing their trade, but you can practice alongside them. You’ll get a chance to garden, move livestock, irrigate fields, prune fruit trees, plant food forest guilds, slaughter and butcher poultry, and most importantly, really get to know other local producers!

My goal with this class is to empower you to go out and grow food; maybe that’s a tomato plant or a homestead, or maybe that’s three hundred head of cattle. I want to show you that you can apply your great talents, whatever they are, to the problem of feeding the world and not destroying it in the process, and you can make a difference.

Farming has come such a long way, such a very very long way, from anything resembling nature. With urbanization and the green revolution and the entire industry of food marketing, we’ve destroyed our soil, our water, our air, our climate, and our health. But we’re not bound to a system that’s failing to meet our every need, that’s conquered almost every last arable acre on our planet but still leaves millions upon millions starving. And we don’t have to throw out the baby with the bathwater either. For as many travesties as we’re committing as a species with our monocultures and feedlots and high fructose corn syrup, there are gazillions of wonderful ideas, innovations, and rediscovered traditions that are turning that all around.

The most wonderful, exciting, totally inspiring thing about sustainable agriculture is that the applications for creativity are completely limitless. There is no one right way to feed ourselves and solve our planet’s problems. There are certainly a few wrong ways, and there are a hell of a lot of opportunities for making mistakes, but farmers have an endless bag of tricks to chose from, going back to the most ancient wisdom about living off the land up to the most cutting edge gadgets in our modern world, and absolutely everything in between. You can plant your crops using Hopi methodology, then set your drip irrigation to run in the ideal schedule according to satellite precipitation data.
There are resources in your personal skill-set, on your property, among your connections that are completely unique and powerful. What is your community throwing away that you could turn into food, soil, fuel? What tools have your life experiences given you that will change the way we raise turkeys or distribute fresh food or legislate for sustainable practices?  You can make a difference in sustainable agriculture simply because you think differently than anyone else has ever thought, and can innovate in ways that farmers before you have never considered.

I’m so looking forward to this class and hope to see you there! Please call or email with any questions or suggestions!

Amy Hutton at 303-250-6027 or joyfulpumpkins@gmail.com

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