ECAA Roundup 8/12/2022

August 12, 2022

Have Fun and Learn with an ECAA Field Trip
Join us next Saturday at Pioneer Days at Old Town Museum in Burlington where there will be demonstrations and activities in addition to the regular exhibits in this museum of buildings and Old West artifacts collected from around the Eastern Plains. Western county car poolers and caravanners will meet at 40 Mile Feed in Kiowa beginning at 11:45 a.m. and departing by noon for the trek to Old Town Museum in Burlington. We should arrive in time for the beginning of the Pioneer Day event at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and kids under 12 are free. You don’t have to carpool, but let us know you are coming so we can look for you by registering at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecaa-field-trip-to-burlington-old-towns-pioneer-days-tickets-264816101087.

Do chickens have vocal cords?

Member Promotional Opportunity
One of the biggest events in Elizabeth is the Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Harvest Festival on October 29th where local businesses hand out candy to the kids. ECAA will be joining the Harvest Festival again this year with grab bags for the kids. Last year we had a blast and handed out over 700 bags. You can get a space for your business in the grab bag for just $25. Then you provide your candy along with your business card or promotional materials. We are also looking for volunteers to help stuff and hand out the bags. To sign up go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ecaa-candy-bag-grab-at-the-elizabeth-area-chamber-harvest-festival-tickets-264864435657.

Homestead Fair Vendor and Sponsorship Opportunities
There is still some room for artisans and local producers to purchase vendor spaces at $30 for members and $70 for non-members. There are also some of featured sponsorships left for those who wish to show their support for agricultural businesses and the promotion of homesteading skills in our region. The Homestead Fair is October 8th at Casey Jones Park. For more information go to: https://elbertcountyagalliance.org/fair/

Riders’ Retreat
ECAA member Ponderosa Plains Farm has begun an agritourism endeavor with the opening of Riders’ Retreat Airbnb outside of Kiowa. The five-acre horse property is available to rent for those traveling with or without horses. It is also available for small events. Guests can explore the 120-year-old covered wagon or learn to rope with the roll-a-roper. If you would like your shop, classes, or experiences included in the guest book, please email farmdiva@ponderosaplains.com. Check out the property at: https://airbnb.com/h/ponderosaplainsridersretreat.

Elbert County Fair Report
We had some new signups at the Elbert County Fair last week and are looking forward to participating again next year. We also saw a lot of enthusiastic supporters at the parade. Join us next year. It’s a great way to network with others and show your support for ag in Elbert County.

Natural Farming Workshop Series
The Colorado Food and Farm Alliance is kicking off a series on Natural Farming about how to prepare your own probiotic, Korean Natural Foods, JADAM, locally sourced inexpensive garden this Saturday from 11-2pm. You can sign up for just one or two or the whole series for a discount! Follow this link to sign up and get more information about the classes: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/3WQj7oBtenCc7KgpDrdx-w?fbclid=IwAR0trxqCDUVY1K9Ebt1Gn_-7NFA-YC4mG1fCzZrs7T1kZBNH8HWT4sE4o0g.

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Trivia Answer: No. Chickens do not have a voice box in the trachea. Chickens vocalize by manipulating the trachea with the tracheal muscles. That’s why no crow collars aren’t totally effective and a rooster may just learn a different way to crow.