ECAA Roundup 4/22/2022

April 22, 2022

Herbalism Class
Spring is in the air which means your property will soon fill itself with medicinal herbs. Old Willow Mercantile and Discovery Center is offering herbalism classes for children and adults that include a wildcrafting hike. The adult class offers the opportunity to make two herbal remedies to take home. Children’s classes are Tuesday, April 26th. The adult class is Saturday, April 30th. They are fantastic classes, I highly recommend. For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/theoldewillowherbalmercantile.

Homestead Fair Returns!
The Homestead Fair is back for 2022. Join us October 8th at Casey Jones Park for the return of the Homestead Fair, where our producers and crafters will share local products. There will be music, activities, food, animals, and crafts. Vendors and sponsors can obtain more information at: https://elbertcountyagalliance.org/fair. Volunteers are welcome to join the planning committee or to assist that day.

Join the Fun, Showcase Your Business
Would you like to showcase your agriculture based business to potential customers outside of Elbert County? Volunteer to join the panel of farmers who can answer questions about raising livestock, growing, producing, and homestead skills. Send an email to Sheila.zuschek@elbertcountyagalliance.org if you are interested.

Raising a Gentleman Rooster
Do you have a rooster who gives you stink eye? Or maybe you’re afraid of having a rooster because you’ve heard stories. Sign up now for Raising Gentleman Roosters to learn what makes roosters do the cock-a-doodle things they do.  Whether your rooster is young or old you can become his ally instead of an intruder. Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/258281596207.

Fresh Produce Cold Chain Management Workshop
CSU Extension, El Paso County is partnering with the Colorado Produce Safety Collaborative to bring you a class on farm cold chain management. This class is offered with both online and in-person options. The workshop will cover the importance of managing the temperature of your harvest for both quality and safety. Understanding produce physiology and how precooling systems lead to improved produce quality and maintaining the cold chain. The class includes best practices for harvesting. The class fee is $25 plus Eventbrite fees. Register at https://tinyurl.com/yypa9682.

Cold Chain Management History
While we are on the topic of cold chain management, here’s another trivia question from last week’s contest. Dr. Mary Engle Pennington was an engineer and chemist who revolutionized the food supply system. She is called the “Ice Woman” because she helped design and evaluate mediums that maintained lower temperatures during transportation and storage than were available at the time. She served in the Food Administration under what U.S. president? Answer at the bottom.

Demystifying Social Media … Plus Lunch
It’s time to get strategic about your social media marketing? But, what does that even mean? The opportunity to learn is coming to Elizabeth on April 28th when the Elizabeth Area Chamber hosts Dr. Michelle Post at El Abuelo restaurant beginning at 11:00 a.m. You will learn how to analyze and develop a customized social media strategy that works for your business.  Cost is $35-$40 and includes lunch. For more information and to register go to: http://business.elizabethchamber.org/events/details/april-28-2022-lunch-learn-social-media-5240.

No Roundup Next Week
I hurt my back and garden prep is under way, so I’m taking some time away from the Roundup to move a little more slowly in my preparations. The Roundup will be back the week after next.

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

Trivia Answer: Herbert Hoover