Boulder County Water Bootcamp

Join the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), local NYFC chapter the Flatirons Young Farmers Coalition, and CSU Extension for a half-day Water Bootcamp to explore what you need to know about water as a beginning farmer or rancher. 

NYFC Water Bootcamps are educational water workshops that provide young and beginning farmers and ranchers with tools to understand water rights and water policy, resources to enhance water stewardshp, and information to enter roles of water leadership. At this Bootcamp, we’ll dive into foundational topics in Colorado water law, including understanding the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation and unpacking “use it or lose it.” We’ll also explore local water history and administration, and highlight opportunities for financing water conservation and efficiency projects. This Bootcamp will include a mix of classroom and field time.

The Bootcamps are useful for those who are new to farming in the West, as well as those who have a working knowledge of western water. Working farmers and ranchers are offered priority seats, but Water Bootcamps are open to the community. 


  • 1 pm – Welcome: Kate Greenberg, National Young Farmers Coalition

  • 1:15 pm – Colorado Water Law 101 and Local Water History: Sean Cronin, Executive Director St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District

  • 2:15 pm – Colorado’s Water Plan and the Basin Roundtable Process: John Stulp, Special Policy Advisor to the Governor on Water and Chairman of the IBCC & Becky Mitchell, Director Colorado Water Conservation Board

  • 3:15 pm – Panel Q&A with Sean Cronin, John Stulp and Becky Mitchell

  • 3:45 pm – Farm & Ditch Tour of Oxford Gardens with Peter Volz

  • 4:45 pm – Wrap up: Engaging in water leadership with NYFC

  • 5 pm – Social Hour with Beers from Asher Brewing

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