Community Agriculture Week returns to Yampa Valley

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Community Agriculture Week schedule

1 to 4 p.m. Monday: Houndstongue Workshop, Routt County Courthouse

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday: Connect with Local Ag at the Ag Breakfast, Steamboat Springs Community Center

1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday: USDA Renewable Energy Program, Centennial Hall

1 to 5 p.m. Thursday: Ranch Decision Making Tools and Range Monitoring, Carpenter Ranch in Hayden

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday: Plan for the Future at Ag Estate Planning Workshop, Routt County Courthouse

Noon to 1 p.m. Friday: Learn about local ag during the Tread of Pioneers Brown Bag Lunch Series, Tread of Pioneers Museum

7 to 10 p.m. Friday: Eat local at Ag Night at Western BBQ, Western BBQ. Visit www.steamboat.com or call 970-871-5150 for more information.

— The slogan for National Agriculture Week says it all.

“Where would you be without agriculture? Naked and hungry.”

It's straight to the point and points to two things common folks don’t like.

While the national campaign has pushed the celebration for years, the Community Agriculture Alliance just got on board last year.

This is the second year it will host a Community Agriculture Week, focusing on all the benefits of agriculture in Northwest Colorado.

“There is a need for people to be aware of what they’re eating, drinking or even now smoking,” said Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Ag Alliance. “Thank a farmer and a rancher. Know how critical agriculture is to your daily life.”

The week includes multiple events that highlight locally grown products as well as informational sessions about agriculture.

The week also serves as the Ag Alliance’s yearly fundraiser.

Although people may not be able to make some of the events, supporting the cause is as easy as grabbing a bite to eat.

Local businesses Creekside Cafe & Grill, The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen, Spostas World Sushi & Salads, Skull Creek Greek and Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. all are donating proceeds of some menu items to the Ag Alliance.

“First, it’s a great product,” said Ben Stroock, owner of the Drunken Onion. “It’s grass-finished beef, and it’s healthy. It doesn’t have the footprint. There are products we’re able to buy and sell at a price that isn’t prohibitive.”

The Drunken Onion will donate 50 percent of the sales of its burgers to the Ag Alliance.

Spostas will donate 50 percent of the sale of rolls that include Yampa Valley beef, while Skull Creek Greek will donate $1 from every sale of its popular lamb burger.

Steamboat Meat & Seafood is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from its Yampa Valley beef.

Creekside is doing something similar, with 100 percent of the sales from its country-fried steaks, burgers, Creekside steak sandwich and barbecue beef sandwich going toward the Ag Alliance.

Daughenbaugh said the idea is for people to gain awareness about the agricultural industry but also to connect businesses and people.

The hope, she said, is for businesses and consumers to connect all in support of local agriculture.

“There is a huge opportunity in this valley,” she said. “There are a lot of people thinking about some of those opportunities to do some networking and connecting with other people.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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