ECAA Roundup 11/5/2021

November 5, 2021

Thank you to all of the goodie bag sponsors and volunteers who helped with the Harvest Festival last weekend! The kids had a great time and we made some great connections with members of the agricultural community.

Vendor Opportunities
If you are still looking for holiday vendor opportunities Holly Acres is seeking craft vendors for it’s holiday event on November 27th. They will also be celebrating their barn raising so this is everyone’s opportunity to see the big changes at the nursery. Contact Kelley Bonds at 303-646-8868 for more information. Also the Country Holiday Fair in Calhan is seeking vendors for 10×10 indoor spaces on December 11th for $50. Call Andschana Aljets at (719)520-7880 for a vendor form.

Baking to Build Community
Do you dream about holiday baking? Do you love the idea of a community Christmas event? We are looking for bakers to provide cookies for our decorating kits as well as ready to eat cookies for the Elizabeth Christmas tree lighting on December 4th. Donations at the event will benefit ECAA and the food banks. Email Sheila.zuschek@elbertcountyagalliance.org if you are interested.

Land Management Learning Opportunity
You can learn more about land management through CSU Extension’s self-paced online classes. Learn more about natural resources, localized land strategies, managing weeds and forage plants, and building an effective land management class. The classes take 5-10 hours to complete and cost $40-50 each. For more information go to: https://ag.colorado.gov/guidance-to-ranchers-and-custom-exempt-processors-regarding-the-ranch-to-plate-act-sb21-079.

Bee Prepared
If you are thinking about getting bees next spring, take a look at the CSU Extension’s guide for new and experienced bee keepers. You can learn the basics of bee life and strategies for hive management, pest mitigation, and disease prevention. Check it out at: https://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/insect/ihm-bee.pdf.

Brainstorming for ECAA
At the member meeting last week we began a sharing and brainstorming exercise to learn more about ways to serve members and build our community. You can participate too by going online to https://docs.google.com/document/d/18GS6AX93VmqN-JKh90ncO3hr8kiLVmyAldct_stwQA8/edit?usp=sharing and adding your comments to the different questions. You can also see other members answers.

Board Meeting
Interested members may join the next board of directors meeting via Zoom on November 11th at 2:00 p.m. by going to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81046337317?pwd=bEFnMmhtMWt3SUFhQkQ4WkFJOE9IUT09.

The agritourism group is developing a list of local agritourism businesses as well as businesses that support or benefit from agritourism. This list will be used to develop a directory. If you would like to be on the list go to: https://forms.gle/3UJfs5tjFQBLxszM8 to add your business. Feel free to forward the link.  If you are interested in joining the agritourism group the next meeting will be November 13th at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Send an email to Sheila.zuschek@elbertcountyagalliance.org if you would like to be added to the distribution list.

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