ECAA Roundup 2/18/2023

February 18, 2023


Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez

ECAA cookoffs have become known as real community events where everyone gets to join in the fun. Our first Community Cajun Cookoff being held tomorrow will be no exception. Join us at Once Upon A Time Events in Kiowa from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free and you can participate in the People’s Choice Award voting between noon and 1:30 p.m.

This Week’s Trivia Question

Do chickens have vocal cords?

Colorado Agritourism Association Annual Conference

If you are interested in building an agritourism or farm stay aspect to your farm related business be sure to sign up for the Colorado Agritourism Association annual meeting at Sylvan Dale Ranch, March 2-4, 2023. ECAA Secretary, Sheila Zuschek, will be speaking on a CAA initiative to build a database of county agritourism regulations. The CAA programming will also include marketing opportunities, an overview of booking platforms, and a roundtable where attendees can share best practices. The cross programming with the Colorado Dude Y Guest Ranch Association will feature a talk on branding presented by marketing consultant Dave Santouci as well as programs on sustainable land use, insurance, and workforce management.  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.

Custom Rates Survey
Colorado State University Extension annually conducts a survey of custom rates charged for various crop and livestock operations and lease arrangements in Colorado. Data are collected from agricultural producers, landowners and managers, lenders, agricultural consultants, machine operators, and Extension agents. The information you provide will be aggregated and remain anonymous.  This survey closes on March 10, 2023.  Click here to participate in the survey.

Diversify Your Garden

It’s almost time to start your seeds inside. Join ECAA for a Seed Swap at American Family Insurance at 133 CR 17 in Elizabeth. Just bring your seeds and some envelopes. Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/526727013677.

Water 101

Even if you are new to the area you’ve heard by now that groundwater is our most precious resource here in Elbert County. The Town of Elizabeth is hosting a Water 101 class on March 7th at 6:30 p.m. The session is designed to provide an introduction to Colorado Water Law, specific provisions within the Town, demand on water in the area and implementation of the 300-year water rule. Representatives of the Town’s water attorney and consultants’ team will be presenting the information. This free class is open to the public.

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: No. Chickens vocalize by manipulating the throat. That is why it is impossible to de-crow a rooster. A throat surgery may stop a rooster from crowing temporarily, but the rooster will eventually retrain itself to vocalize.