ECAA Roundup 1/20/2023

January 20, 2023

Electrocuting Weeds

The University of Missouri has been experimenting with at weed zapper showing good results for killing weeds with electricity instead of chemicals. Learn more about it here:


 While scientists know that potatoes were first used as food between 8000 and 5000 BC,  the first physical evidence of potatoes being used as food was found in an archeological site at Ancon in Peru. How old is the tuber that was found there?

Effective Labor Management

Women in Agriculture is hosting an online program of three sessions on effective farm labor management. They are offering dates in January, February or March. For more information go to: https://www.uvm.edu/aglabor/dashboard/registration-diversifying-your-team-management-toolbox. Even if you don’t take the course, the site has great calculators and guides for those thinking about hiring.

Marvelous Microbes

Kelly Permaculture in Denver is offering an online soil health class on February 15th for $20. Learn about how to keep your microbes healthy. For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/681880400383060.

Cookoffs are Coming

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual ECAA Community Chili Cookoff being held January 28th at Once Upon A Time Events. For more information go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/429717946947. If you like the heat, stay in the kitchen and also sign up for the Community Cajun Cookoff in February: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/431860274707. Sponsorship opportunities are available for you to showcase your business. If you like to eat more than cook, come on over. Admission is free and you can participate in the People’s Choice Award voting.

Dues are Due

Are you a paid member? Now is the time to join or renew your membership in ECAA supporting local agricultural related businesses. To pay your dues click on the Membership tab on https://elbertcountyagalliance.org and select either the membership application or the renewal page. Memberships run from January 1-December 31st.

Homestead Fair Committee

The Homestead Fair Committee is reforming in 2023; and we need you. Committee members will help in venue selection and program development, recruit vendors and sponsors, and/or boost the marketing campaign. Many hands make light work and starting in early 2023 will make planning that much easier. Contact Tonya Roche at tonya.roche@elbertcountyagalliance.org for more information.

If you have announcements or classifieds that should be included in the next Roundup? Send them to news@elbertcountyagalliance.org.

Trivia Answer: ca. 4500 years old.