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.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Tour de Steamboat benefits community

Besides being one of the most beautiful rides in Colorado, the Tour de Steamboat, set for July 23, is a large fundraising event supporting four local nonprofits. In 2015, the all-volunteer Tour de Steamboat collaborative effort raised more than $60,000 from registration fees and giveaways.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Pretty, white flower or dangerous, poisonous plant?

This is a year in which several members of the Apiaceae, or parsley, family of plants are doing really well and growing in abundance in our area. One has to be careful, however, when trying to identify these plants, because, while they look alike, making the wrong identification can have disastrous results.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Embracing slowing down

Steamboat Springs is an ideal place to slow down and learn from an area expert.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Cross over to the wild side


Summer is finally here in Routt County, and it’s time to get a little wild and crazy. What’s wild and crazy about historic preservation, you ask? Well, head on down to Yampa on July 30, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.


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Community Agriculture Alliance: Residents' responsibility in managing noxious weeds

As citizens of Colorado, we have a responsibility to manage noxious weeds as designated under the 2003 Colorado Noxious Weed Act, Title 35, Article 5.5. The law states it is the duty of all persons to use integrated methods to manage noxious weeds if the same are likely to be materially damaging to the land of neighboring landowners.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: It’s Ranch Rally time

On June 18, cyclists will roll out from the Moots factory to take part in the Third annual Moots Colorado Ranch Rally, a 50-mile cyclosportive featuring the gravel roads that connect historic Routt County area ranches.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Become a Yampavore this summer

Hungry for freshly picked lettuces, radishes, fresh herbs or greens? We’ve got them. So how do you find this wonderful, fresh local food? It’s easy … Community Agriculture Alliance manages a website at which local producers can list available products for sale directly to you, the customer.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Wildfire prevention and you

While it has been several years since we’ve had a significant fire year in Colorado, even an average fire year has more than 3,000 wildfires. This spring may have shortened our fire season, but it did not eliminate it.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Routt County's bear season has arrived

Keeping bear-human conflicts to a minimum requires the efforts of everyone in the community, including residents, businesses and those who keep urban livestock.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Explore nature to unleash inner child

Many moons ago, when you were a young and curious person, did you see the world through a different filter? As summer approaches and my favorite things in the world reappear in the valley, my inner child turns on full force.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Skip the potluck — team build while getting dirty

Office potlucks can be fun, and happy hour get-togethers are OK, but what better way to get to know your coworkers or club mates than by planting trees or volunteering together for environmental projects?

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Community Agriculture Alliance: A Girl Scout’s perspective on globalization

Regardless of the standpoint, one thing is certain: Globalization is here to stay, so determining how to influence it for the community’s welfare is imperative.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Branding a time-honored, necessary tradition

It is the time of year when nearby ranches are branding the new crop of calves. It is a celebration of a successful calving season, a time-worthy tradition and a labor-intensive day filled with help from family and friends. Why do we do it?

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Why we need to talk about food waste

We all eat. Unfortunately, we all throw away food. Every year, 40 percent of food produced in the United States is thrown away. When one in eight Colorado residents are food insecure, there needs to be more awareness about how food waste can be diverted to the people who need it. Food waste has major environmental, social and economic implications.

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Community Agriculture Alliance; Ranching in the Yampa Valley

Ranching this time of year always proves to be something of a challenge in the beautiful Yampa Valley.

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