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: 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.

Community Ag Alliance: A fox in the henhouse

Chickens are easy to raise, relatively inexpensive, fun to watch and make great pets or 4H projects. Unfortunately, some species of wildlife in Colorado appreciate these little egg makers for the same reason we do … they make a delicious meal.

Community Ag Alliance: An open letter to Colorado water users

When the waters get rough, the rough retreat. So it was when the Yampa/White/Green Roundtable met in Meeker in a first-ever retreat to discuss where to go from here now that the Basin Implementation Plan for the Colorado Water Plan is complete.

Community Ag Alliance: Routt County Fair is the best

We’ve come a long way since 1914, but the “feeling” of the fair remains the same, according to Sandy Boston, of Hayden, who says: “Because no matter where you’re from — a big city or a little town — the Routt County Fair makes you feel like you’ve come home.”

Community Ag Alliance: Summer camp goes beyond fun

Summer camps are both recreational and educational for children.

Community Ag Alliance: Planting a tree is more than digging a hole

Planting a tree is an investment in the future, so take the time to do it right.

Community Ag Allance: Why rodeo matters in Steamboat Springs

Rodeo remains an important facet to the character of Steamboat Springs.

Community Ag Alliance: Planning in motion for Hahns Peak restoration project

Fire lookout towers allowed early Forest Service Rangers to accurately identify the location of fires in the newly created National Forests. Today, the Hahns Peak Lookout near Clark, Colorado stands silently as a testament to that early history.  

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Eugene Buchanan: Riding the Moots Ranch Rally

Magazine editor Eugene Buchanan joined local bike manufacturer Moots on its second annual, 50-mile Moots Ranch Rally, a communal dirt-road ride showcasing area ranches while benefitting the Community Agriculture Alliance.