ECAA Roundup 11/4/2022

November 4, 2022

Memorial for Alan Holman

ECAA and the Elbert County Master Gardeners will host a memorial for Alan Holman on Thursday, November 17th, 7:00 pm at 7573 Pine Crest Drive, Kiowa. Alan’s son and daughter-in-law plan to attend. Attendees may bring photographs to display. The event will be informal, but there will be a time for a prayer and for people to share memories of Alan. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to sheila.zuschek@elbertcountyagalliance.org. You do not need to bring a dish, but if you wish please include it with your RSVP.

Elbert County Fighting Noxious Weeds

Elbert County has formed an advisory board on noxious weeds, which is focusing its efforts on education, identifying resources, and gathering information on weeds in our county. If you would like more information about the board’s activities go to: https://elbertcounty-co.gov/536/Noxious-Weed-Advisory-Board.

Christmas Festival Vendor Opportunity

Holly Acres Nursery is seeking vendors for its annual Christmas festival, which will be held November 26th and December 3rd. A 10×10 booth for one day is $100 and for both days is $150. Email Kelley at kelley@hollyacresnursery.com for more information and to request an application form.

Fresh Produce Cold Chain Management Workshop

A workshop for fresh fruit and vegetable growers is being offered by the El Paso County Colorado State University Extension in partnership with the Colorado Produce Safety Collaborative. Participants will learn how to increase the quality and safety of their fresh fruits and vegetables from a national expert. You may attend the workshop in person or online from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on December 2nd. The cost is $30 and the deadline for registration is December 1st. There is an early bird special available through November 8th. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/yck2m9vp for more information and a registration form.


Give one of two reasons why it is advantageous for goats to have horizontally elongated pupils.

Today is the Day!

ECAA Chair-Elect Renee Burton invites you to the ribbon cutting and open house for her new insurance agency here in Elbert County, where she is happy to review your farm insurance needs. Come out to celebrate with her Friday, November 4, from 6-8pm. Her office is at 133 CR-17, Unit C2-E in Elizabeth.

Elves Needed!

We are beginning to turn our attention to community service for the holidays, and are looking for baker elves and server elves. Baker elves will make one to four dozen five-inch sugar cookies to freeze for the event. (We will supply the cutters!) Server elves will pack them into decorating kit bags and hand them out at the  Elizabeth Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3rd. This is a great family activity! We had so much fun last year. Sign up to volunteer at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecaa-cookie-kits-for-the-elizabeth-mayors-christmas-tree-lighting-tickets-264885548807.

Spur Field Trip Postponed

The field trip to the Spur originally scheduled for next week has been postponed to 2023. The Hydro building was originally supposed to be open this month, but the opening has been delayed until next year. We will reschedule for a date when all three campus buildings are open. Watch for an announcement rescheduling the trip.

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

Trivia Answer: Researchers have found that horizontal pupils allow for a wider field of vision than round pupils. The shape allows keeps light from above from obscuring their view of the ground so they can forage more effectively, and it gives them greater peripheral vision allowing them to watch out for predators and scan their terrain while they graze.