Keep It Local

New Explorers Learning Center: Early learning outdoors

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New Explorers Learning Center (NELC) was created as a collaborative effort of people who realized Nederland was losing its two private preschool programs. NELC provides care for children 2 1/2 – kindergarten. Karen Campbell, director, and Lisa McCoy worked at Little Bear for many years before helping to create the NELC program. Stephen LeFaiver, director of Teens, Inc., saw the […]

Crosscut Pizzeria and Taphouse: Fresh and local

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Crosscut Pizza has been around since its soft opening in October 2015. The business is currently hosted in a historical building that has been around since the 1890s. Crosscut was originally started by Dawn Dennison and her husband Tom Plant, who came up with the idea after driving a food truck to various locations and selling pizzas. They started a […]

Nederland Lions seek members, continue community service

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Since 1948, the Nederland Lions Club has served the town and communities beyond. Local members provide services to community members, funding in times of emergencies, and volunteer support when needed. President Ann Marie Morgan talked of the local club, about what Lions do, and how the members have been helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent years. “I’ve been […]

Dig Excavation Inc.: This is how to dig it!

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Brandon Ralph grew up in the excavation business. To start with, his dad showered him with excavation toys. Good friends Mark Smith and Florian Freymuth – described by Ralph as “local excavation legends” – were around throughout his childhood, influencing his future. Ralph counts himself as the fifth generation in the construction business, and reminds us of how much the […]

Eternal Summers Press & Catching Summer

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With a passion for art and education and an advocate for public lands Anastasia Kierst has turned her creativity into a successful business. She is a new full-time Rollinsville resident and Kierst brings a first to The Mountain-Ear Keep it Local series: she actually has two businesses, one wholesale and one retail. Kierst is an artist and children’s author and […]

Augustina’s Winery: Keeping it simple

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Marianne Walter is also known as “Gussie,” after her resemblance to the tennis player Gussie Moran. This resemblance is something that caught her dad’s attention when she was a little girl, and the name stuck. She originally started out as a geologist on her career path. She went to graduate school here in Colorado and finished with her master’s degree, […]

Victory Gardens: Community resilience in action

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The idea for Victory Gardens (VG) surfaced after the 2013 flood. “We were confronted with three facts: an uncertain global economy, disrupted supply chains, and climate change. All increased the importance of local community resilience,” said Jim McVey. “This is especially important with respect to food security. “We grow food at our garden farm, using regenerative methods, and help others […]

Mother Mountain: Bodywork and wildcrafting herbs

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Anne Heart discovered her interest in wellness and body connection while in college. While attending classes to eventually obtain her Masters in Architecture, she spent every free moment learning about wellness. She apprenticed with a local herbalist, spent time gardening, and eventually started formal training to study the healing arts. Out of this passion rose her current business of wildcrafting […]

Loran Smith Woodworking

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Loran Smith has had a hand in woodworking and furniture craft for decades. He began Loran Smith Woodworking in August of 1988. Previously, he lived and worked in New Hampshire, serving as chairman for the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. Today, he lives and works east of Nederland proper. “Upon moving to Colorado from New Hampshire in 2013, I set […]

Mothers of Gaia Birthkeeping: Empowering mothers

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When you go to the Mothers of Gaia Birthkeeping website you almost immediately see a quote by Ina May Gaskin, possibly the most well-known midwife in the United States. The quote by Gaskin reads, “Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” I […]


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