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2018 Springs to Sprouts – Followup information (and photos)

Thank you for joining on Saturday’s 2nd annual “Springs to Sprouts”!  We hope you enjoyed the day.

 I would also like to send a huge thank you to our co-organizers:

  • Mike Weber with Central Oregon Seed, Inc.
  • Irrigation districts of Central Oregon
  • High Desert Food and Farm Alliance and High Desert EATs

Enormous thanks to all of our presenters who took time out of their weekend to join us:

  • Scott Robinson and Mathias Perle (Dillon Falls and Ryan Ranch)
  • Craig Horrell (Brookswood)
  • Mike Britton and Mike Taylor (bus)
  • Natasha Bellis and Marisa Hossick (bus)

And a special thanks to Rob Rastovich for hosting lunch at his farm and regaling us with stories.

 Please send feedback! Here are some questions to consider:

  • What did you like? What didn’t you like?
  • How could we improve the things that are under our control (which doesn’t include the weather or the bus, unfortunately)?
  • What other topics would you be interested in?
  • Would you participate in Springs to Sprouts again and/or recommend it to your friends?
  • Anything else? 

As I mentioned on the bus, Springs to Sprouts is very much a metaphor for the broader work our partner organizations are doing together. Through organizing this event, we’ve gotten to know and understand each other better, we’ve worked together as trusted partners, and most importantly, we’ve become friends.

 However, this is not an exclusive group. We need and invite your participation and support. Our community will be stronger, and we can meet the challenges of providing water for our rivers, agriculture, and communities (aka: fish, farms, families), if we work together.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or would like to get involved with the Coalition or one of our partners.

Here now are links for more information:

Lastly, to see posted photos, click here.

If you have some great photos from the day, please share them with us by emailing directly to  If you have too many to email, just drop us a note and we’ll send you a link to directly upload to the album.

Thanks again to one and all!

Gail Snyder, Co-Founder and Executive Director

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