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turtle_logo_transparent-square-small.pngMission Statement

Our mission is to celebrate the connection between

personal health and wild lands.

 We promote sustainable practices honoring wild wisdom of nature and the health of the community. Examples of our work include growing, harvesting and preparing local, wild and living food through our Turtle Cafe open for lunch every Tuesday and Friday, educating about the great values of the wild edible and medicinal abundance available in our area, providing local microgreens and wild food products for the public schools, restaurants and stores and providing organic land stewardship throughout the Southwest through the project, Bee Happy Lands.

Current Events

As our mission and project continues to gather momentum, we offer our gratitude to all the generosity over the years that makes us who we are. We have been gifted by so much generous volunteer service from our community and we are so grateful!  Because of this amazing support, we are able to serve our community so well! We are so appreciative of all the generous efforts of so many people who have dedicated their time, their knowledge and their life force towards the health of body, community and earth.

Thank you to everyone for the support and joy and celebrations of local wild and living foods! Thank you for participating in creating health for ourselves, our community and the planet!  Thank you for being alive and connecting to the vital life force of nature's wisdom!  One way that we serve our community is through celebrating! Come Celebrate with us!

We continue to serve a delicious, local, wild and living foods lunch from 11:11am - 2:22pm every Tuesday and Friday.  We continue to grow local microgreens for our community. We continue to offer education in the fields of sustainable living, permaculture, holistic health, edible and medicinal plants. Our continued passion and purpose directs us to commit to quality of life for all beings. In deep appreciation, the Turtlesturtle_logo_transparent-square-small.png


Turtle Cafe Lunch Days~ every Tuesday and Friday all winter! Our cafe is in the back patio at 848 East 3rd Ave. in Durango. We offer lunch all year round!  Come inside to our greenhouse on cold winter days to enjoy the fresh oxygen from our growing microgreens and the sunny warmth coming through the windows!  We also serve outside in the patio when the weather allows!

We can deliver lunches! 

Please give us a call at 970-247-8395


Live Music at the Turtle Cafe on special Tuesdays and Fridays at 848 East 3rd Ave in  the back patio from 11:11am - 2:22pm. 


Early Spring Alive and Wild Class   

February  1st - March 1st, 2023 (5 classes - Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1)

Wednesdays from 5:30pm  - 7:00pm

Held at Turtle Cafe 848 East 3rd Ave. Durango

Please join Katrina Blair in this hands on class learning how to make alive and wild food recipes for primal optimal health. Learn or refresh your sprouting skills and grow micro greens to bring in the fresh green life into your diet. This class welcomes the renewal of vitality and beginnings of spring into our lives. 

Please Register at :  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/early-spring-alive-and-wild-class-tickets-499714859597


 “Yum and Wild” - Youth focused cooking classes (sponsored by the Hive and Turtle Lake Refuge)

Join us for 4 weeks of fun, local, and creative cooking classes. In this class we’ll learn how to make delicious and healthy snacks and drinks. Along with cooking and eating, we’ll learn about nutrition, local plants and how to use them, and growing our own food at home

 ~ Class is taught by Katrina Blair and Jon Paasch

~ When: Saturday afternoons March 11 - April 1, 2022

~ Time:  2:30pm – 4:30pm

~ Where: The Hive (Week 1) and then Turtle Lake Refuge (Weeks 2, 3, & 4)

~ Suggested Donation $80 ($20 per class)

This class is sponsored by The Hive whose mission is to manifest progress in youth through alternative and free creative thought and Turtle Lake Refuge whose mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands. 

 For more information contact: Jon at paaschjb@gmail.com / 330-418-8311 or BB at bb@hivedgo.org / 970-501-0041


Saint Patrick's Day Lunch at the Turtle Cafe  

Come celebrate with a Green Food's Lunch on March 17th

Live Music and Festive Community Gathering to celebrate the spring planting of peas!


Spring Green Apple Lemonade

Local Greenhouse Salad with a Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Creamy Sweet Pea Soup

Zucchini Linguini with Wild Pesto

Dandelion Sorbet Ice Cream 


Local Wild Living Soil Educational Series (Note: Starting date moved back and extended to catch the whole growing season)

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants * Permaculture * Holistic Health * Nutrition

~ May 2nd - August 29th, 2023                       

         ~ 88 Hour Program                                             

         ~ Tuesdays from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

         ~ Two Overnight Field Trips 

          ~ Suggested Donation - $888 for all classes 

          ~ Drop In Fee $33 for Tuesday classes

~ Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-wild-living-soil-spring-program-tickets-523986948067


Dandelion Festival - Saturday, May 6th

  ~ Join us for a fun local festival honoring the spring wild greens, community health, organic land stewardship and joy in every way! Live music, local food, thrift store, may pole dance, kids activities, and education offerings.

~ Free Event

~ Held at Rotary Park in Durango

~ 1pm - 9pm



For questions, please contact Katrina at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com or call 970-317-0988.

Katrina Blair's speaking events, classes and walkabouts will be updated as they are booked.  Please email us turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com at if you would like her to come to your area for a slide show, a wild food feast, a plant walk or multi-day wild food walkabout. 
Tickets to our upcoming events, when available, can be purchased on our EventBrite: http://turtlelakerefuge.eventbrite.com



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