Progressive Women’s Caucus Debate

Thanks to all the folks listening and attending in person – as well as the organizers and KOTO. The Progressive Women’s Debate was a great opportunity to learn more about the candidates for District 3 San Miguel County Commissioner. We had great questions – and a most welcome and civil event.

Tomorrow night we’ll be at Maggie’s Pizza in Norwood from 5-7 to listen to you and share ideas. Then Thursday night is the Rotary/Telluride Association of Realtors forum at Christ Church in Telluride.

Hope to see you at some of our events!



Enjoyed visiting with some folks out in Egnar this past weekend! It was very illuminating and helpful to talk with people on the very west end of our county. I hope to be able to assist with some of their requests soon.


High Pie Thanks & Upcoming Ag Day

Thanks to all those who joined us at High Pie Pizza this afternoon! Great food and lively discussions!

Tomorrow it’s off to Naturita for their Ag Day – 200 students! We’ll be talking about soil and plants, growing edible mushrooms on alternative substances (Thistle!) and much more!

Sorry to miss the last Telluride Farmers Market of the season, but I’m psyched to have the chance to participate in Ag Day!

Then Saturday I’m doing a sheet mulching workshop followed by what I know will be an incredible Harvest Dinner! So much abundance.


Indigenous People’s Day

A beautiful and moving experience this morning as Indigenous People’s Day started off in Placerville with the dedication of a plaque honoring the Nuche (Utes) who lived here before us. Wonderful to witness the event.

Now off to Heritage Harvest Festival in Naturita for the Apple Core project with cider pressing and other fun and games!

Then to Telluride this evening for drumming and dancing in Elks Park and the Indigenous People’s program at the Opera House.

Amazing opportunities to celebrate this amazing place and those who have made it their home.


The Heritage Harvest Festival in Naturita

The Heritage Harvest Festival in Naturita was wonderful! Lots of folks enjoying a beautiful day, great vendors and food and marvelous opportunities to celebrate Apples! The Apple Core team and the Rimrockers were out in force – duck race, cider making and tasting, apple id. Here are Jen Nelson and Mel Eggers with a table full of different kinds of apples from around the area. The littlest ones on the far right are Transparent crab apple – delicious! I’m thinking they might be able to grow up on the mesa so hope to do some grafting….. What fun!



Movie Night!

“Symphony of the Soil” by Deborah Koons !

Thursday, October 6th, 7pm, Placerville Schoolhouse

$10 suggested donation at the door – includes freshly popped POPCORN of course

For more info or carpool requests, please email

From the director who brought us “The Future of Food”…
Synopsis of the movie:

Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most esteemed soil scientists, farmers and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. Using a captivating mix of art and science, the film shows that soil is a complex living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Yet most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” Through the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance, and appreciate that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems. In addition to the feature film, there are several short films, Sonatas of the Soil, that delve deeply into soil-related topics, and several short clips, Grace Notes, that are available to stream on the film’s website.

Twin Enviro’s Landfill/Compost/Recycle Facility

A whirlwind trip up to Steamboat Springs to see Twin Enviro’s landfill/compost/recycle facility. What a beautiful time to travel the western slope. Started by stopping in at the very popular spot just below Dallas Divide. Then treated myself to McClure Pass, getting into Steamboat after dark. The Milner Man (as I call him) is a art/trash creation there at ‘Milner Mall’ the landfill’s re-use area. Then Grand Mesa to Cederedge. Then home to Hastings Mesa – there’s no place like it – most spectacular and never taken for granted….


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Pioneer Day Parade

Pioneer Day Parade was a blast! Lots of participation and really great floats – especially from the school kids. We were just behind the 5th grade float that sported a mini log cabin and a mini tipi. Very creative!

The car show was impressive – and dinner at the school delicious. I was honored to sit with past Pioneer Day royalty while enjoying great food and conversation. Thanks to all who made it happen.

A bluebird morning here on the mesa with nary a cloud in the sky as the frost dissipates. Later I’ll be heading up to Steamboat Springs to get a tour of Twin Enviro – a privately run recycling, composting and construction recycling venture. Gathering more input for the regional compost planning grant we’ve been working on this past year.




Apple Core Dinner!

Tonight’s Apple Core dinner was a wonderful community event. The food was great, the ciders delicious. So happy that SWIRL has been able to help in a small way – and so glad we have fantastic folks in our regional community making things happen! Jen, Leila, Mel and so many more.

And wow – were there some amazing deserts on the silent auction table!

Tomorrow it’s the Pioneer Day Parade – Echoes of the West – and Car show – and BBQ and more!

I have to admit it was much nicer in the lower elevations than it was here in the high country this morning! Picking greens for the farmers market in the snow was ….. character building! Thanks to all the helpers today!

And here’s to a beautiful fall weekend!