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Busy schedule ahead for Agriculture Week

Austin Colbert

— Agriculture Appreciation Week returns to Routt County this week, a time dedicated to recognizing the importance of local agriculture. The Community Agriculture Alliance has organized a handful of events through the next few days to get people to think about how agriculture impacts their lives. Outside the April 2 barbecue, events are free and open to the public.

Monday

Heritage Ag Discussion, 6:30 p.m., Bud Werner Memorial Library

This panel discussion features three locals who long have been part of the area’s agriculture scene: Wanda Redmond, Orval Bedell and Dennis Fisher. Redmond will discuss her history in the spinach and lettuce industry, Bedell his background as a cattle and sheep rancher, and Fisher, a former county commissioner, whose family long has had roots in local agriculture.

Tuesday

Forest Garden Greenhouse, 6:30 p.m., Bud Werner Memorial Library

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Wednesday

Appreciate Ag! Breakfast (by invite only)

Each year, the Community Agriculture Alliance invites a different group it dine with it for breakfast. This year, it’s the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club and Leadership Steamboat. All the food used is locally grown.

Houndstongue Control Seminar, 1 to 3 p.m., Routt County Courthouse Trout Creek Room (annex)

Led by Greg Brown of the Routt County Weed Program, the weekly seminar will talk about houndstongue, how to identify it, the history of the weed, animal health issues and prevention. For more information, contact the program at 870-5246.

Thursday

Just Eat It, 6:30 p.m., Bud Werner Memorial Library

A popular documentary, the 74-minute film discusses the epidemic of food waste in the United States. According to Just Eat It, North Americans throw out nearly 50 percent of their food each year.

Friday

A Taste of History, noon to 1 p.m., Tread of Pioneers Museum

Part of a series on historic cooking by the Tread of Pioneers Museum, this session will focus on historic recipes that have been used in the Yampa Valley.

CAA Market Producer Meet and Greet, noon to 5 p.m., CAA office

Meet local farmers and ranchers at a casual meet-and-greet session at the Community Ag Alliance offices at 141 Ninth Street in Steamboat Springs.

April 2

Western Barbecue, 7 p.m., Thunderhead Lodge

Join the CAA and members of the agriculture community — as well as some of their live animals — for a Western barbecue at the top of the gondola for Local Ag Appreciation Night. Tickets are available at steamboat.com.

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