The Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Pueblo Community College partnered to host a Farmers Forum, Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort. The program, dedicated to fostering discussions and promoting new agricultural courses, invited local farmers to express their ideas. Among the speakers that night was Southern Ute tribal member Marvin Pinnecoose, who shared his thoughts, challenges, and experiences as a beginning farmer taking over his families’ land assignment north of Ignacio.
Longtime farmer, James “Mike” Olguin shakes hands with Colorado State University Extension- Western Region Accessible Education Specialist, Greg Felsen, who was on hand to help answer questions and provide information on behalf of Colorado State University. “Whether you’re a seasoned farmer, a budding enthusiast, or simply curious about agriculture, this forum is a great platform to exchange ideas, share experiences, and learn from fellow community members,” said Nicole Cabral, Adult Education Specialist with the Southern Ute Education Department.