Community Agriculture Alliance columns


Community Agriculture Alliance: Wilderness opportunities abound in Routt National Forest

Wilderness: What does the word mean to you? Special emphasis is being directed to the term this year, as 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing into law the Wilderness Act.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Make hay while the sun shines

There are thousands of acres of freshly cut hay fields and it seems like millions of bales covering them. I look forward to it every year.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Importance of a modern-day roundtable

Mention the name roundtable and most people think of King Arthur’s famed roundtable where he and his knights congregated in medieval times. But ever since 2005 with the legislative passing of the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act, Northwest Colorado has had its own roundtable.

Community Agriculture Alliance: It's late, but not too late

Houndstongue, Cynoglossum officinale L., goes by other names, as well: houndstooth, dog’s tooth, dog’s tongue, dog bur, gypsy flower and rats and mice (because of the smell of the leaves). By whichever name, the plant is a highly invasive, toxic biennial.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Building the timeline of Routt County’s story

Every community has its own story — a story that begins with something significant and continues along a progressive timeline uniquely special to that community. At Historic Routt County, our goal is to help our special places talk, so they can breathe added life into Routt County’s distinctive and compelling story.

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Moots Ranch Rally combines biking with Routt County's ag roots

Moots is combining biking with Routt County's prominent agricultural heritage this Saturday with its first-ever Ranch Rally, a 50-mile non-competitve ride with proceeds benefiting the Community Agriculture Alliance.

Community Ag Alliance: If you want to get something done, enlist Routt County CattleWomen

One of the county's longest-running and consistently active nonprofit organizations is Routt County CattleWomen, a deep-rooted agricultural organization that supports the beef industry through education, outreach and marketing.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Community forestry in the Yampa Valley

Our Yampa Valley is blessed to have diverse forested systems along our streets and greenways, in our backyards and parks, along the Yampa River and all around us. We also have a strong community that cherishes those resources.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Keep your property free of whitetop

Have you noticed that the hillsides in Routt County have turned white again? No, Old Man Winter has not returned. What you’re seeing is the bloom of hoary cress, one of Routt County’s most aggressive noxious weeds.

Community Agriculture Alliance: What’s new in the 2014 farm bill

We still are learning what’s in the new farm bill and how it will affect everyone locally, but every month we learn a few more details. One of the biggest things that this farm bill did was simplify all the programs.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Wilderness Act turns 50 this year

Fifty years ago, Congress officially recognized “wilderness” by signing the Wilderness Act of 1964.Its goal was “to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes."

Community Agriculture Alliance: Get to know more about local food

Type “local food” into your favorite search engine, and more than 1.6 million results will be returned. Everything from “why buy local” to debates on “what is local” can show up. It can be overwhelming, but don’t give up. Here’s a brief update about what’s happening related to local food in the Yampa Valley.

Community Agriculture Alliance: ReTree Steamboat is right around the corner

It feels as thought spring has finally arrived — the Yampa is raging, kids are back on Memorial Field playing soccer and the ground is finally starting to turn from white to green. For the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Colorado State Forest Service, that means that ReTree Steamboat is right around the corner.

Community Agriculture Alliance: The future in our ground

I was lucky to attend a free conference last week at Colorado State University called “Ranching and A West that Works,” which was developed by CJ Mucklow, Western region director of the Colorado State University Extension and his colleagues.

Community Agriculture Alliance: Cyclists can be aware of their surroundings and ranch activity

I write this article from the view point of a person that spends a lot of time on a bike in and around Steamboat.