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: Decreasing waste; protecting our climate, way of life

In addition to Zero Waste events, YVSC’s waste diversion efforts are encouraging reduction, repairs, reuse and recycling in our community through programs such as Yampa Valley Recycles, Sustainable Schools and our new food rescue initiative.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: What’s around the corner?

Often, we more fully appreciate the glorious final days of summer as they become fewer and we feel frost crunch beneath our feet on our morning runs and brisk winds on our evening commutes.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Shedding pine needles normal in autumn

Though thousands of evergreen trees in the Colorado high country are beginning to display dying orange or brown needles, most are simply going through a natural shedding process and are not infested by bark beetles or tree disease.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Party like it’s 1966

Historic Routt County is proud to partner with the United States Forest Service to further the Preservation 50 movement in Routt County.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Fluid discussions at a round table

Water in the West has been a complicated subject for hundreds of years. Every year, a different amount of snowmelt flows downstream from the high country, where most of the water in the Southwest originates.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Ag facts are in

The 2016 Routt County Fair is about to begin, so we should talk some fun facts — newsy food bites you can mention during dinner to impress your family and friends about the importance of agriculture.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Lots to see at Routt County Fair

We’ve come a long way since 1914, but the feeling of the Routt County 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.” And that’s exactly what the people who coordinate the fair like to hear.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Management plans benefit both producers, wildlife

As a private lands wildlife biologist in a partnership position with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, I have the pleasure of working with conservation-minded landowners throughout Northwest Colorado, incorporating wildlife habitat needs into their management plans.

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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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