The SEED Full Summer Program provides a space for older teens to learn from each other and SEED staff and partners in a structured outdoor setting. Every Wednesday, participants will engage in a series of classes and workshops with Coldharbour and its community partners. In addition, participants will be expected to take on a summer project. SEED summer projects are intended to push students to new levels of empowerment. They are real life projects intended to help improve the community in some way. Participants are expected to possess ownership of their projects. For example, if someone is interested in agriculture and ranching, they could purchase animals or produce and take full responsibility for growing or raising, marketing, selling, etc. They are allowed all the profits or benefits from their endeavor. Any profits or benefits incurred by projects can be enjoyed by the students, as all benefits are realized and labored towards by the students themselves. During the process, they will be given assistance and mentor guidance from Coldharbour's staff and partners, as well as their peers.
Ecological Monitoring Students interested in environmental biology or local flora and fauna are encouraged to design an ecological monitoring experiment at Coldharbour Ranch. It is a prime location to conduct such experiments because the entire 340 acres have been left alone, or not used for any agricultural or other purpose, for the past 20 years. Former owner Butch Clark did not lease grazing rights in an attempt to learn about ecosystem health. The riparian areas on the Ranch are rich with plants and animals and there are several experiments waiting for eager young scientists. Coldharbour's close connection with scientists at Western State allows students interested in rigorous study to collaborate with researchers at the University. Students planning on careers in biology are highly encouraged to take on an ecological monitoring project. Gunnison Basin Adopt-A-Trout Gunnison Basin Adopt-A-Trout is a collaborative effort between Gunnison Angling Society, Trout Unlimited, Coldharbour Institute, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Gunnison Watershed School District to conduct an environmental education and research program. Students that are interested in natural resource management, riparian ecology, science education, or fishing should consider this for their summer project. They will learn all the technical skills involved with tracking fish and, depending on their interest in education, could design an education program to promote the involvement of younger kids. Sustainable Agriculture A summer project focused on sustainable agriculture at Coldharbour Ranch could take many forms. We are currently working with Mountain Roots to build a 3-acre community garden at the Ranch. Students could become a large part of this garden through being responsible for certain aspects or parts of the garden. Students could grow produce to sell at the Farmers Market or they could collaborate with our taco truck project to provide produce to sell. There is also the opportunity to raise pigs. Students have a place to keep their pigs at the ranch and at one of our partner's pig pens in town. They will be responsible for paying for the piglet and food inputs, but would keep all profits of their operation upon sale. Since agriculture is such a large part of Coldharbour and its partners, all students in the summer program will have opportunities to engage in agriculture if they are interested. Those that are highly interested, however, are encouraged to work with CI staff to develop the appropriate project. Ranching In addition to other agricultural endeavors, Coldharbour is heavily invested in cattle production. Through our partner Parker Pastures, the Ranch sees over 150 head of cattle grazing using innovative techniques based on The Savory Method's holistic management style. There are many ways that a student can get involved with these operations. Green Building and Construction Several CI staff and partners have extensive experience in Green building and construction. Coldharbour also has the material resources to build small projects on the land. If students have interest in careers in construction, they can pursue a summer project in building. Food Distribution Once we have grown produce and raised livestock, we need to be able to distribute our products. This project will go over the intricacies of food distribution. Students will work closely with partners from Mountain Roots and Parker Pastures to discuss topics like processing, value-added products, marketing, and more. In addition to these lessons and workshops, we will create a mobile food unit as an outlet for Coldharbour products. This is a complex undertaking that involves licensing, permitting, budgeting, health inspection, etc. All aspects of this business endeavor will be discussed before implementation. Art The founder of Coldharbour, Butch Clark, donated his ranch with the condition that it be used at least in part as an environmental art studio. To fulfill his dream of having art heavily incorporated in the activities on the land, Coldharbour is soliciting the help of its partners and collaborators. Students interested in careers in art or art education are encouraged to use the ranch as their studio. Becoming an artist or attending art school requires a robust portfolio. Students considering this path are encouraged to use the Ranch and the building materials as their own.
The summer schedule will continue to evolve as projects evolve, but the link above leads to a schedule for the first 5 weeks of the program. Check back soon for information about the rest of the summer
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