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SWAAN Annual Conference

  • July 11, 2023
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  • July 13, 2023
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  • 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128
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Southwest Agroforestry Action Network

Urban, Rural & Indigenous Agroforestry in the Southwest - Let's Network!

Helping people integrate trees, crops and animals to regenerate Southwest landscapes.

In person and virtual options

Early-Rate Registration Available Through May 31!

WHEN: July 11-13, 2023

WHERE: Green Farm Barn, Chatfield Farms, DBGLittleton, Colorado (or Via Zoom on July 11)

CEUs: The following continuing education units have been approved: 

  • 8 International Society of Aboriculture CEUs
  • Society of American Foresters CFEs
  • 15 American Society of Agronomy CEUs.

Download the Agenda / Download the Presenter Bios

Tuesday, July 11, Presentations

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration

Morning Moderator: Dana Coelho, Urban & Community Forester Program Manager, Colorado State Forest Service

8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome to Conference

  • Matthew M. McCombs, State Forester and Director, Colorado State Forest Service (confirmed)
  • Clint Evans, State Conservationist, Colorado, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (invited)

8:45 – 9:15 am Urban Agroforestry & EQIP - An Opportunity To Explore!

  • Susan Stein, USDA NRCS/ACES Agroforestry Specialist, Washington, D.C.

9:15 – 10:00 am Growing Urban Agriculture Partnerships-Technical Assistance Guide & Regenerate Wheat Ridge

  • Susan Bennett, Environmental Interpreter, Parks and Recreation, City of Wheat Ridge, CO, in partnership with Jefferson County Conservation District

10:00 – 10:15 am  BREAK

10:15 – 11:00 am Urban Agroforestry - The Etkin Family Food Forest Initiative, DUG

  • Creighton Hofeditz, Director of Permaculture and Perennials, Denver Urban Gardens, Denver, CO

11:00 – 11:45 am SW Tribal Agroforestry Outreach Project

  • James Calabaza, Indigenous Lands Program Director, Trees, Water & People, Fort Collins, CO

11:45 – Noon  Closing thoughts from our morning session

  • Dr. James Allen, Professor, School of Forestry, College of the Environment, Forestry and Natural Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

    Noon – 1:00 pm LUNCH AND NETWORKING (Lunch is provided)

    Afternoon Moderator: Steven J. Price, Utah State Extension Assistant Professor, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and 4H, Price, UT

    1:00 – 1:45 pm Cedar Springs Farm

    • Jake Takiff, Owner, Cedar Springs Farm, Hotchkiss, CO

    1:45 – 2:30 pm Drylands Agroecology Research - Dryland Agroforestry for the Arid West

    • Amy Scanes-Wolfe, Director of Research & Community Outreach (DAR)

    2:30 – 3:00 pm BREAK

    3:00 – 3:45 pm Soil Health – How To’s for Yard and Field!

    • Rutger Myers, Soil Health Technician, Chatfield Farms, Denver Botanic Gardens, Littleton, CO

    3:45 – 4:30 pm Landscape Edible Garden Design 101 & Colorado Springs Neighborhood Community Project

    • Kelly Bull, Horticulturalist and Educator, Permaculture Design, Colorado Springs, CO

    4:30 – 4:45 pm  Closing thoughts from our afternoon session

    • Christopher Jones, Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources Programs, University of Arizona, Gila County Cooperative Extension, AZ

    4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Logistics/Announcements

    4:45 – 5:00 pm Preparation/logistics for Field Tour/Location to meet/Q&A.

    6:00 – 8:00 pm Group dinner, Location TBD

    Wednesday, July 12, Field tour

    (Meet at 8:00 am at Chatfield Farms DBG, Parking Lot)

    8:00 am – 5:00 pm

    8:00 – 9:00 am Chatfield Farms, DBG - Regenerative Agriculture, Agroforestry, the Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), the Urban Food Initiatives, Educational Program for Veterans – and More!

    • Josie Hart, Associate Director of Farm Programs, Chatfield Farms, DBG – Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), Littleton, CO

    10:00 am – Noon Tour Yellow Barn Farm, the 100-acre scaled demonstration site for Drylands Agroecology Research. Learn how this non-profit organization is using dryland agroforestry as a model for reversing desertification, sequestering carbon, and building biodiverse agro-ecosystems in Boulder County.

    • Nick DiDomenico, Co-Executive Director, DAR, and Azuraye Wycoff, Owner, Yellow Barn Farm & Operations Director, DAR, Longmont, CO

    Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch

    2:00 – 3:00 pm DUG’s Volunteer Tree Keepers and Community Food Forest Management

    • Creighton Hofeditz, Barnum Community Orchard, Denver Urban Gardens, Denver, CO

    Return to Chatfield Farms Green Farm Barn Parking Lot.

    4:00 – 5:00 pm Enjoy/explore the Chatfield Farms, DBG, Littleton, CO

    Thursday, July 13, SWAAN Business Meeting - Optional

    9:00 am – Noon Physical location: Chatfield Farms, DBG, Polly Steele Center (next to Green Farm Barn).

    Conference Hotels

    Special-Rate Conference hotel is Hampton Inn Littleton, CO. 

    Our negotiated block rate for the conference is $155: Book Hotel Now.

    For more info on the hotel and venue, click here.

    Our overflow hotel is the Holiday Express Hotel & Suites Littleton with a negotiated block rate of $139: Book Hotel Now.

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