ECAA Roundup 6/10/2022

June 10, 2022

Updated Regulations on Selling Meat in Colorado
During the 2021 Legislative Session the “Ranch to Plate Act” passed promoting increased access for consumers to directly purchase meat from local ranchers through the use of live animal-share agreements. This act clarifies that the sale of animals, animal shares, or meat is exempt from state licensure and inspection provided proper requirements are met. A guide is available at: https://ag.colorado.gov/guidance-to-ranchers-and-custom-exempt-processors-regarding-the-ranch-to-plate-act-sb21-079.

More on Composting!
On Saturday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m. Richer Lands Compost has invited us to join them for a free tour and talk about composting. To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-great-compost-at-richer-lands-composting-tickets-364240782987.

Ask a Farmer
On Sunday, June 19th you can join a panel of ECAA members who will be answering questions in our second annual Ask a Farmer webinar. To register and receive the link go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-a-farmer-tickets-262845567167.

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Weekly Vendor Opportunity
The Friday Night Farmers’ Markets are back beginning tonight. The Town of Elizabeth is seeking producers and makers. Please contact Ronnie at elizabethbrewingcompany@gmail.com with questions or to register as a vendor. Vendor booths cost $30 per market night for a single 10X12 space and $60 for a double 10X24.

Free Online Soil Webinar
The Food Systems and Regenerative Agriculture working group as members of the Regenerative Recovery Coalition of The Alliance Center extend this invitation to join them for an online presentation all about soil health in Colorado, June 14, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Presenter Max Neumeyer is a principal at Ground Up Consulting. He will speak about his experience coordinating the Colorado Collaborative for Healthy Soils and the Colorado Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (CO CEWL). Together, these groups successfully pushed for the passage of HB-1181 and SB-235, which together launched the Colorado Soil Health Program, also known as the Colorado Saving Tomorrow’s Agricultural Resources (STAR) Program. To register go to: https://bit.ly/3Q26iNZ. The webinar is free.

Seeing and Being Seen: ECAA Outreach
We had a fantastic time at Elizabash last weekend meeting people and telling them about our programs and initiatives to support agriculture and agricultural related businesses in Elbert County. Thanks to our volunteers: Renee Burton, Cindy Angers, Alan Holman, and Sheila Zuschek for getting out to talk to people. Also special thanks to Once Upon a Time Events for sponsoring the booth as well as our Stampede Parade entry classic truck driven by our Chairperson Robert Hammervold. We’ll also be at Cowboy Up! June 24-25th at the fairgrounds in Kiowa. If you would like to volunteer contact Renee at renee.burton@elbertcountyagalliance.org.

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

Trivia Answer: Sunflower