ECAA Roundup 12/10/2021

December 10, 2021


Business Planning for Better Farms and Ranches
Are you a farmer or rancher who wants to build a better business plan? Colorado State University Extension in El Paso County has opened applications for The Colorado Building Farmers and Ranchers Program. The virtual classes will be held Wednesday evenings 6:00 – 8:30 pm, January 12 – March 2, 2022. If you are interested in the Colorado Building Farmers and Ranchers Program you can receive additional information or fill out an application at http://elpaso.extension.colostate.edu/classes-and-workshops applications are due by Monday, December 27, 2021.

Flock Safety
Listen in as Gail Damerow, author of Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, talks about how to keep your flock safe from predators in this Mother Earth News podcast: https://www.motherearthnews.com/podcast/flock-safe-from-predators-zepz2111ztil/.

Water: How much is enough?
As a notorious underwaterer, I often wonder how much water is enough. With the current drought it’s even more important to provide extra water while avoiding water waste. Watering needs vary depending on the soil, which is where this article and chart on water drainage comes in hand: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/drought/drought-management-for-commercial-horticulture/so-what-constitutes-an-effective-rain-event/.

Chili Cookoff: Are you up for the challenge?
ECAA will be hosting a chili cookoff on the afternoon of Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Barn Wedding Venue in Kiowa. Prizes will be awarded for judges’ choice and people’s choice chilis. Dust off your recipes and sign up by emailing Bob Hammervold at bob.hammervold@elbertcountyagalliance.org.  Entry is $25. The event is open to the public.

Christmas Together Again
Join the High Plains Singers this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at Elizabeth Middle School Auditorium for the return of their Christmas program. Tickets are $8 at the door for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.

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. Memberships paid in December will carry through to January 2023. If you are not sure if you are a member or suspect your membership has lapsed contact Sheila.Zuschek@elbertcountyagalliance.org.

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