The Molina Center 



To further the understanding of why the need for sustainability is essential for the survival of our society by offering educational opportunities, including on-site practical demonstrations with interactive participation, in a variety of programs that showcase sustainable principles and how they can be applied.




To collaborate with partnering agencies and the community, to provide a direct contribution to the means and methods of sustaining and preserving our environment and the quality of life to those living on the Western Slope of Colorado and, by extension, to our nation as a whole.

Staff Residence and Garden

A Brief History:


The Molina Center (TMC) began as the dream of Merle Vostatek when he purchased a 40 acre parcel of rural land near Molina, CO in the 1960s. He envisioned it to be used for the betterment of humankind, as a refuge from the rigors of contemporary society, as a place for learning how to live in harmony and cooperation with nature and each other, and as a venue for rejuvenation and sustainability.


In his lifetime, the foundation for this was established but the vision not fully realized. He left the land in a trust with the hope the next generation could carry this out. TMC was the beneficiary of this trust and began the facility planning process in 2006. A Master Plan was approved by Mesa County Commissioners in 2007. Activity was then begun  by a dedicated Board of Directors developing concepts and viable programs to carry out the mission as set forth in the trust. TMC was incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit 501(C)3 tax exempt organization.    


Infrastructure, including a well, water treatment plant, sewage treatment system, electrical service  upgrade and underground utility lines  were installed in 2010-2011.  In 2013, a new Administration Center structure was built. 


The  Lodge was completed in 2020 to provide accommodation for 10-15 conference attendees or permanent and transient TMC residents.


       Nondiscrimination Statement

TMC shall not discriminate in its entrance policies, use of its facilites, nor in any other manner, on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, age, national origin, religious preference, sexual preference, or disability.

TMC Board members and friends

TMC Board of Directors

Carl Vostatek, President

Architect/General Contractor

Clifton, Colorado

Dr. Robert Pavlosky, Vice-president


Morris Plains, New Jersey

Wesley Fieldhouse,  Secretary-treasurer


Oakland, California

Tammy Entwistle

Certified Chef

Molina, Colorado


Wing-Yee Pavlosky

Retired United Nations

Morris Plains, New Jersey


Chad Entwistle

Operations Manager

Molina, Colorado

Nelson Pavlosky


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elijah MacLeod

Events coordinator

Panama City, Florida

                      Hemp as a Cash Crop at The Molina Center

     The Molina Center, as part of its program to become financially self-sustaining, is growing hemp as a cash crop with 2019 the second year of this undertaking. TMC found its first 1/4 acre crop in 2018 was pleasantly profitable and increased planting to 2 acres for the current year. This project is organized and coordinated by Board member Tammy with assistance by husband Chad and sons Adrian and Robert.

       Industrial hemp is a legally marketable agricultural commodity that has been accepted by the State of Colorado. Growers must go through a state review and licensing procedure as well as rigorous inspection and testing protocols. If plant THC ( tetrahyrdrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound that gives the "high" sensation) exceeds 0.3%, the crop cannot be sold as hemp and must be destroyed. TMC's plants test at 0.09%, many times below the maximum level allowed.

        Hemp is a source of CBD (cannabidiol) which is sold for the manufacture of products that have therapeutic qualities. It works well and has positive feedback for ailments such as chronic pain, seizures, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and others.

         TMC's hemp is grown organically and thus gains a higher price in the market place. Following this practice means the crop is labor intensive, which is the case for virtually all organic fruits, vegetables and grains. TMC staff is gaining experience in the organic and cultural practices required for growing hemp and shares this with those interested as art of its mission.

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