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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! 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.

This is our 22nd Anniversary year! 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!  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 at 848 East 3rd Ave in the back patio from 11:11am - 2:22pm. 


Free Gratitude Lunches - Friday, 11-11-22 and Tuesday, 11-22-22 

Join at the Turtle Cafe for a celebration of giving thanks for all the generosity supporting us over the last 22 years!


Salve Making Workshop - November 16th from 6pm -9pm

Class held at Turtle Lake Refuge Cafe in town at 848 East 3rd Ave. in Durango.

Create healing salves from herbal oils like Juniper and Arnica and more.

Learn the healing properties and how to blend salves.

Take home one for yourself and a gift for your family or friends. 

Taught by Lenore Anderson, Clinical Herbalist, Owner and Teacher of Inner Weave Life Journeys.com

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salve-making-workshop-tickets-440546866537


Local Wild Living Soil Educational Series

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

~March 21, 2023 - April 26, 2023                         

         ~ 88 Hour Program                                             

         ~ Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:30pm - 8:00pm 

         ~  Overnight Field Trips

          ~ Suggested Donation - $888 for all classes 

          ~ Drop In Fee $33 

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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