ECAA Roundup 1/21/2022

January 21, 2022


Homestead Festival
Mark your calendar for the ECAA Homestead Festival returning on October 8th at Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth. Watch here for news of this and more educational offerings being announced in the next few weeks.

Is Your Chili the Best in Elbert County?
Entries are rolling in. You can join celebrity judges and your ECAA friends when you compete for bragging rights and prizes at the ECAA  will be awarded for judges’ choice and people’s choice chilis. Judges will include John Braden of Mountain Wave Weather, Elbert County Sheriff Tim Norton, County Commissioner Grant Thayer, and Jim Ripple of Hoot and Ruger. Sign up to enter at https://forms.gle/YZFNFE6gX5fQg7iA9. Entry is $25. The event is open to the public. Contact Bob Hammervold at bob.hammervold@elbertcountyagalliance.org or 303-918-5700 for more information.

Veteran Seeking Ag Employment
We recently received a note from a graduate of the Veterans to Farmers program who is looking for work in agriculture. Jennifer Kennedy has worked at a CSA and for a herbalist. She is interested in learning more while she works. If you have a position available contact her at jennkenn415@gmail.com.

Drought Management
The Morgan County Extension is offering a five part drought management course in February and March. Four of the five modules will be available online. For more information and to register go to: https://drought.extension.colostate.edu/

ECAA Chickens 101 and 102
ECAA is offering a two part online class on raising chickens just in time for chicks to arrive. Chickens 101 will help you plan for your chicks’ arrival and how to care for them until maturity. The second half of the class Chickens 102 will focus on chicken health issues that might arise so you can prepare for anything. The class will be held Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. The class is free for dues paid ECAA members and is $15 for non-members. For more information and to register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chickens-101-and-102-tickets-253386023417.

Food Safety Training for Growers
The Western Growers Association is bringing its three day food safety program to Brighton February 1-3. With this course you can stay in compliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act. Cost is $700 ro Western Grower members and $1050 for non-members. For more information go to : https://www.wga.com/blog/food-safety-training-colorado-february. Registration closes on January 25th.

Bee Class
The Elbert County Extension is co-sponsoring an online seminar for beekeepers February 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You will learn about bees, their importance and how to best manage and maintain healthy colonies. To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bees-the-basics-and-beyond-tickets-245884425937.

Interested in Joining ECAA
If you have been enjoying the weekly Roundups and would like to get more involved in ECAA as a member go to https://elbertcountyagalliance.org/member-application.

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