July 18, 2017
All events at Rockey Farms unless otherwise noted
Rockey Farms Tour
Join Brendon and Sheldon for a tour of Rockey Farms at its peak. The tour includes stops in their multi-species potato and green manure crops, the potato tissue culture lab and the seed potato greenhouse. Experience the farms' flowering strips, livestock grazing and soil health.
Locavores, Alamosa's premier farm-to-table restaurant, will cater a meal complete with San Luis Valley
and Colorado ingredients.
New Mexico NRCS Soil Health Specialist
Rudy will breakdown field soil health assessments and how San Luis Valley producers can integrate the information into their land management plans. He will address aggregate stability, earthworms, CO2 respiration, infiltration, gas exchange, soil and air temperature, SOM fractions and more.
MillerCoors Happy Hour
Enjoy a beer and ask questions.
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Vali 3 Theater, Monte Vista, CO
The public is welcome to attend the film
without registering for the Field Day.
See information below.
Brendon and Sheldon Rockey
Brothers Brendon and Sheldon Rockey are the third generation to manage Rockey Farms, Center, Colorado. They raise specialty potatoes and quinoa among fields of green manure, all cultivated in a biotic environment. Companion crops, animals, cover crops and flowers replace synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. The farming system sustains yields, has greater water efficiency and it supports a flourishing ecosystem encouraging beneficial insects, soil microbes and carbon cycling.
Rockey Farms also produces year-round certified seed under Brendon's biotic management in a greenhouse from tissue cultured on site.
He also volunteers his time to many local, national and international soil health focused farming organizations through speaking events.
Sheldon manages White Rock Specialties, a joint packaging warehouse endeavor between Rockey Farms and White Mountain Farms, Mosca,
In addition, he serves on several boards including the first Rio Grande Water Conservation Subdistrict Board and the Potato USA Board.
Rockey Farms was awarded the 2014 National Potato Council Environmental Stewardship Award and the 2011 Colorado Association of Conservation Districts Farming Division Conservationist of the Year Award for its practices.
Rudy Garcia, New Mexico NRCS
Soil Health Specialist
Rudy Garcia is a NRCS veteran currently serving as the Soil Health Division Regional Specialist for New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. He provides NRCS Soil Health Cadre members, conservation partners and producers with soil health technical assistance. He uses a simple-to-understand "compare and contrast" approach to demonstrate differences in soil states.
A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.
The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.
Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.
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