I got your message about hydroponics in Steamboat. Have you ever heard of Aquaponics? It's basically hydroponics but it incorporates fish under the hydroponics system that allows for nutrient cycling between the fish and plants. There is a woman in Boulder, Sylvia Bernstein that has a set up at her home and she is working with The Farmette in Lyons to get a good demonstration site up there as well. Check out the links below, and feel free to contact her as well.
So glad you are getting Transition going in Steamboat. I talked to a couple of other permaculturists and we all have been under the belief that most hydroponic systems use a large influx of chemicals. However, there is work being done with incorporating aquaponics into such a system and the fish water provides nutrients. Will Allen of Growing Power builds hoop houses with large aquaponic systems that circulate the water to grow cress, lettuces, etc. for market. Check out his website growingpower. org. He is working with a couple of growing local groups down here as an advisor for setting up these systems, ie. Feed Denver which can be found on the Transition Colorado site. Paul Stamets, of Fungi Perfecti, a mushroon guru in the Northwest is experimenting with using mycelium in hydorponic systems (fungi,com) for some kind of nutrient assist. He might have some info. too. That is my input for now. I will continue to ask around.
Good luck. Hope you get a great response for Transition. I am a part of Transition Westminister/Arvada/Broomfield and the Permaculture group. I will be up there for several weeks in June doing a house sitting. I would love to hear how things are going up there. I do miss my mountain home, especially in the summer.