ECAA Roundup 10/14/2022

October 15, 2022


Remembering Alan Holman

Our friend and board member, Alan Holman passed away on October 5th. Alan was a founding member of the Elbert County Agricultural Alliance as well as an active Master Gardener. He was friendly, witty, cheerful, kind, and a quiet, nice guy. He always volunteered, until he could not. This is a deep personal loss for for so many of us whose lives he touched. His services will be held in Illinois at the end of the month. We have reached out to the Master Gardners to coordinate on holding a memorial gathering in November. More information is forthcoming.


Potatoes were once an important crop in Elbert County until a blight in 1908 struck local farms. Although potatoes were introduced several times in early America, they became more widespread when Scotch-Irish immigrants introduced them in Londonderry, New Hampshire. In what year did that take place?

Homestead Fair Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Homestead Fair to demonstrate, vend, play music, dance, cook, eat, learn, and shop. It was great to be together again in the homesteading spirit. We hope you will join us again next year as we expand the fair. Special thanks to the American Legion for those wonderful and timely pancakes.

Pain Meds for Broilers

A 2013 study of the use of painkillers in naturally lame broilers showed improved mobility in birds that were given NSAIDs versus a control group. Improved mobility supports the overall health of the birds and increases their chances of surviving to achieve full weight for processing. Check out the article at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23317659/.

Mushroom Growing Workshop

Mushroom Cult is hosting a two day workshop on mushroom growing with lived demonstrations and guided practice on November 19th and 20th in Denver. Students keep the cultures they make in class. Cost is $500. For more information go to: https://mushroomcult.net/event-details/mushroom-growing-2-day-workshop-nov.

Member Promotional Opportunity

One of the biggest events in Elizabeth is the Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Harvest Festival on October 29th where local businesses hand out candy to the kids. ECAA will be joining the Harvest Festival again this year with grab bags for the kids. Last year we had a blast and handed out over 700 bags. You can get a space for your business in the grab bag for just $25. Then you provide your candy along with your business card or promotional materials. We are also looking for volunteers to help stuff and hand out the bags. To sign up go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecaa-candy-bag-grab-at-the-elizabeth-area-chamber-harvest-festival-tickets-264864435657.


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

Trivia Answer: 1719