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Mission 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


Turtle Cafe Lunch Days~ every Tuesday and Friday year round!

Thank you for all the amazing years of support and joy and celebration 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! Come Celebrate with us!  This is our 22nd Anniversary year! We serve a delicious artistic local, wild and living foods lunch from 11:11am - 2:22pm.  In deep appreciation, the Turtlesturtle_logo_transparent-square-small.png


Live Music at the Turtle Cafe on special Tuesdays and Fridays


Seed Ball Social - Saturday, October 22nd from 6- 9 pm.

Join us in a social gathering to make seed balls with a native seed mix, clay, biochar.

Bring a potluck dinner to share and your good energy.

Please call Katrina for location and more information at 970-317-0988.


Local Wild Living Soil Educational Series

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

~ September 13, 2022 - October 26, 2022                         

         ~ 55 Hour Program                                             

         ~ Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 8:00pm (with the exception of two Mondays) 

         ~  Overnight Field Trip on October 1st-2nd

          ~ Suggested Donation - $555 for all classes 

          ~ Drop In Fee $33 

For questions, please contact Katrina at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com or call 970-247-8395.

To register for the whole program:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-wild-living-soil-program-tickets-307115018287


The 2022 Local Wild Living Soil Syllabus :

Sign up for the whole program or for each individual class

Class 1: Tuesday, September 13th - (Class held at 848 East 3rd Ave.) 

           Intentions and Welcoming Ceremony

            Instructor: Katrina Blair

            Lecture: Introductions, Wild edible abundance, Harvesting wild weeds, Green juice

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/living-soil-class-1-intentions-and-welcoming-ceremony-tickets-410013590687

Class 2: Wednesday, September 14 - (Class held at the Turtle Lake Community Farm at 53 Misty Lane) 

            Instructors: Katrina Blair

            Field Trip to Farm: Local and Wild Foods on the Farm, Mushroom Remediation, Food forests, Market Garden and Growing Abundance through Permaculture 

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-and-wild-foods-on-the-farm-mushroom-remediation-food-forests-tickets-410021925617

Class 3: Tuesday, September 20th - (Meet at Colorado Trail parking area) 

          Instructor: Katrina Blair

          Lecture: Wild Food and Medicine Plants, Making Wild Body Care Product Recipes 

Register Here for this class:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-food-and-medicine-plants-making-wild-body-care-product-recipes-tickets-410028635687

Class 4: Wednesday, September 21st - (Class held at Turtle Cafe, 848 East 3rd Ave)

            Instructor: Katrina Blair

            Lecture: The Power of Enzymes: Fermentation, Sprouting Basics, Planting Microgreens

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-enzymes-fermentation-sprouting-basics-planting-microgreens-tickets-410034222397

Class 5: Tuesday, September 27th - (Meet at the Turtle Lake Community Farm at 53 Misty Lane

            Instructor: Lenore Anderson

            Lecture: Herbal Wisdoms - Tree Medicine

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herbal-wisdoms-with-lenore-anderson-tickets-410039789047

Class 6: Wednesday, September 28th - (Held at 9 Pine Tree Way)

            Instructor: Deb Buck

            Lecture: Herbal Medicine and Plant Communications

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/herbal-medicine-and-plant-communications-tickets-410052015617

Field Trip to Silver Star Hut - Saturday, October 1-2   Meet at 1pm at Turtle Cafe 848 East 3rd Ave. (Class and Camp out held at the Silver Star Hut at 7189 CR 124).    Carve a soup bowl and make stone soup with Daniel Wilson (aka Magi).  Fire, Music and Feasting afterwards. Wild Edible Foods and Medicines with Katrina Blair. Camp out and participate in a wild food hike in the morning.

Register Here for this overnight field trip: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-edible-overnight-field-trip-to-the-mountains-tickets-410046769927

Class 7: * Monday, October 17th - (Class held at Turtle Community Farm 53 Misty Lane) - NOTE: Date of Class change

            Instructor: Katrina Blair

            Lecture: Solar Dehydrators, Earth Ovens and Wild Seed Bread

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-dehydrators-earth-ovens-and-wild-seed-bread-tickets-410057662507

Class 8: * Monday, October 10th - (Class held at 2409 Delwood Ave.)  

            Instructor: Pat Blair

            Lecture: Back To Basics

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/back-to-basics-with-pat-blair-tickets-410042286517

Class 9: Tuesday, October 11th - (Class held at the Turtle Lake Community Farm at 53 Misty Lane) 

           Instructor: Hayden Shaw and Eric Roig

            Lecture: Soil Nutrient Cycling   

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soil-nutrient-cycling-tickets-410060200097

Class 10: Wednesday, October 12th - (Class held at the Turtle Lake Community Farm at 53 Misty Lane) 

           Instructor: Katrina Blair

            Lecture: Bees, Honey, Pollen, Propolis, Candle making 

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bees-honey-pollen-propolis-candle-making-tickets-410063329457

Class 11: Tuesday, October 18th - (Class held at 848 East 3rd Ave)

            Instructor: Catherine Grillos

            Lecture: Wild and Living Food Recipes

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-and-living-food-recipes-with-catherine-grillos-tickets-410065696537

Class 12: Wednesday, October 19th - (Class held at 848 East 3rd Ave.) 

            Instructor: Karen Tracey

            Lecture: Wild and Living Food Recipes

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-and-living-food-recipes-with-karen-tracey-tickets-410067652387

Class 13: Tuesday, October 25th- (Class held at the Turtle Lake Community Farm at 53 Misty Lane)                       

            Instructor: Katrina Blair

            Lecture: Organic Land Stewardship Practices - Making Weed Remedies

Register Here for this class: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/organic-land-stewardship-practices-making-weed-remedies-tickets-410068926197

Class 14: Wednesday, October 26th - (Class held at Turtle Cafe 848 East 3rd Ave.)

            Final Celebration and Presentations!

Katrina Blair's speaking events, classes and walkabouts will be updated as they are booked.  Please email us at info@turtlelakerefuge.org 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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