Community Agriculture Alliance columns

This weekly column about agriculture issues is written by area farmers, ranchers and policymakers. It publishes on Fridays in the Steamboat Today.


Community Ag Alliance: A year on a cattle ranch

Most cattle operations in Routt County are cow-calf operations, which means the cow herd is maintained year-round, and a calf crop is sold in the fall. But there is so much more to it. Let’s look at the yearly cycle.

Community Ag Alliance: Connecting with nature

With winter upon us, it’s tempting to hunker down inside where it’s cozy and warm. But did you know people of all ages experience enhanced health and creativity when they connect with nature?

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Community Agriculture Alliance online marketplace poised to grow

A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will help the Community Agriculture Alliance continue to grow and develop an online marketplace for local food sales and expand other efforts.

Community Ag Alliance: Cultivating the torchbearers

Last year, on a visit to Denver, a conversation ensued with a friend about the emerging Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Program. After listening to the description of the program, she responded, “Oh, you are cultivating the torchbearers.” Until that moment, such a poignant description of the program had not been expressed. And it continues to resonate today.

Community Ag Alliance: Be a Yamapvore — shop local

What is a Yampavore? A person who eats, drinks, consumes and uses locally grown food and products from the Yampa Valley. Join the Yampavore movement, and buy local food and products.

Community Ag Alliance: Supporting Routt County CattleWomen

Have you ever thought you might have what it takes to be a Routt County CattleWoman? It is not for the faint of heart, but it is rewarding and entertaining.

Community Ag Alliance: Answering questions about waste

In the past week, several people have sent us an opinion piece from the New York Times by John Tierney. In the article, Tierney suggests recycling and composting are “costly and ineffectual,” and it would be better for both the economy and the environment to landfill our waste.

Community Ag Alliance: 'The Great Divide' comes to Chief Theater

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend “The Great Divide,” a feature-length documentary exploring the his-toric influence of water in connecting and dividing an arid state and region.

Community Ag Alliance: How to become a "Yampavore"

The buzzword around the valley recently has been Yampavore.

Community Ag Alliance: Transitions in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs is fortunate to have beautiful landscapes in all seasons. As someone who moved here this summer, I am excited to witness the progression of summer into fall. Nature reminds us seasons are shifting, with the changing colors of the foliage around us, cooling temperatures and shorter days.

Community Ag Alliance: It's time to recycle

It’s time to start cleaning out your garage. The sixth annual Community Recycling Drop-off Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at the Meadow’s parking lot.

Community Ag Alliance: Hayden museum expansion a project in adaptive reuse

The Hayden Heritage Center in Hayden has been working on its museum expansion since the early 2000s, when its board of directors realized the museum would need more space to remain viable.

Community Ag Alliance: What's going on with the aspens and cottonwoods?

This year’s record-wet spring brought many blessings to Northern Colorado, including a bountiful hay crop and reduced wildland fire danger. For our aspens and cottonwoods, however, the cool wet spring was perfect for the spread of leaf blights, also referred to as “leaf spot disease.”

Community Ag Alliance: Looking forward to a busy fall

As the summer winds down, continuing to shop at the Marketplace and picking up your order on Friday is a great way to extend the season and continue to support local ag, even after the Farmer’s Market is over.

Community Ag Alliance: Soil Health 101

Have you ever thought of soil as a living ecosystem, composed of billions of tiny organisms working to support plants, animals and humans? Healthy soil is the foundation that sustains plentiful croplands and healthy forests, filters pollutants from air and water, maintains productive grazing lands for livestock and wildlife and helps control surface water flows.