ECAA Roundup 2/10/2023

February 10, 2023

Don’t Forget the Cajun Cookoff

If you like the heat, stay in the kitchen and also sign up for the Community Cajun Cookoff in February: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/431860274707. Sponsorship opportunities are available for you to showcase your business. If you like to eat more than cook, come on over. Admission is free and you can participate in the People’s Choice Award voting.

This Week’s Trivia Question

How many different calls do chickens use to communicate?


Produce Growers Survey

Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association are collaborating to survey Colorado produce growers.  This collaborative survey has not been done since 2018. The purpose of the survey is to hear thoughts and priorities from commercial produce growers regarding water, labor, food safety, business development, production, and nutrition/wellness plus promotion of Colorado produce. Click here to launch the survey


Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference

The Colorado Agritourism Association is holding its annual meeting at Sylvan Dale Ranch, March 2-4, 2023. Registration is $50. Meals and accommodations are extra. To register fill out this form and send it in: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CTlTs413NPw-PUcbafbqHr8vMPZpeVN0/view.

New to Colorado Gardening? Watch out for the Spring Snow

Nothing is as heart breaking as to nurture your seedlings, prepare your beds, and sow with love only to be undone by Mother Nature. Colorado has a challenging climate for gardening – including weather swings, dry winters, a short growing season, hail, and more. Daunting as this may seem, it is still possible to have a thriving garden, if you know what to do. The El Paso County Master Gardeners are hosting an online class on gardening in our unique climate, February 15th at 12:00 p.m. The cost is $5 and the class will be recorded in case you miss it. For more information and to register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gardening-in-colorado-for-newcomers-tickets-511051838807.

More Events Coming Up 

  • Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM – Seed Swap at American Family Insurance board room. Please note the new office location is 133 Co Rd 17, Elizabeth. No charge to attend. Just bring your seeds. Register on Eventbrite for a headcount. 
  • Saturday, March 4, 1:00 PM – Making Great Compost (Russell Gates Mercantile in Elbert). Jonathan Whetstine of Richer Lands Compost to learn about how to make great compost in preparation for the growing season. No cost to attend. Donations accepted. Register on Eventbrite
  • Saturday, March 18, 1:00 PM – Chickens 101 (Online Class). Cost is $15 for non-members and free to members. Register on Eventbrite
  • Sunday, April 23, 2:00 PM – ECAA Member Meeting, Potluck and Ask a Farmer Panel (location TBD). Register on Eventbrite. (Online Ask a Farmer event begins at 3:00 PM) 

Get Involved

Now is a great time to get involved in ECAA and join the fun of belonging to a supportive ag family. You can help with upcoming programs, teach a class, join the board, update the website, contribute to the Roundup, or join the the Homestead Fair Committee. Your volunteer time can be short and sweet or an ongoing project. Contact sheila.zuschek@elbertcountyagalliance.org to talk about your interests.

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

Trivia Answer: 24 are known. Chickens can develop their own calls specific to their environment. Growling is a warning sound. Soft trills indicate pleasure. Chickens even attribute special sounds to significant humans and animals, which they will call out when approached.