Excellent article on the implication of aging and consolidating farmer populations. Individual knowledge of place is a critical skill as we move to a more localized agriculture in the future. Important to consider how we ensure this living knowledge is preserved and grows.
Update 3/30/2016 – A second great article on Slow Fish posted at FoodAnthropology.
We were lucky enough to have two of our members attend Slow Fish in New Orleans recently. They had a great time and the issues associated with fisheries were on display. This article at The Salt provides a nice overview of what went down.
Hope to attend the next one!
We are looking forward to the farm tour and potluck dinner at Wheeler Farm later this spring, so we had a fun trip to Penrose to talk about the event with Jerome Wheeler and see all the great progress they are making. We got to see the chickens, goats, turkeys, pigs/piglets, greenhouse, and the dogs!
First, in the greenhouse that has been providing the great greens we have been getting at the Winter Market at CFAM.
Piglets getting some rest.
Momma getting a break 🙂
Chickens on the prowl!
There was an article in the 3/23/2016 Gazette on the challenges faced by new organic farmers in Boulder county. Boulder county has lands that it is attempting to preserve as agricultural land, and provides incentives to farmers who are entering the business. Turns out that making a go of agriculture, even in a friendly climate, is a real challenge,
One of the ongoing challenges to growing our producer base is the difficulty of providing a fair income for a farm family in Colorado. We have become accustomed to cheap food available at any time and the harm to our agricultural community is immense.
We at Slow Food Colorado Springs are proud supporters of the agricultural community in our Arkansas Valley watershed that continues to grow and deliver great food, and we support a fair return for their hard work and dedication.
Pawpaws are one of the Ark of Taste foods. If you are interested, details are below:
Advanced registration through Buckley’s is required for this class.
In the class you will learn all about pawpaws, and graft your own tree. Pawpaws are this country’s largest native fruit found wild from Nebraska and Kansas all the way to the east coast. Pawpaws can do well here given a little extra water, and partial shade when young. The mango size fruit is sweet with a tropical taste and aroma. Pawpaws grow into small bushy trees that can fit in even a small yard.
In this class we will start with a short presentation on pawpaws, then we will learn how to graft our tree. We start with large 3 year trees, and graft a superior fruiting variety onto it. Expert instruction, all materials, and a grafted tree are all included in this class. Because pawpaws cannot be reproduced from cuttings, all root stock must be grown from seed. This takes several years and is much more expensive. Grafted pawpaws from good mail order nurseries cost $30-$40 each, and are much smaller than the ones we will be grafting making this class a good deal. Seating is limited to about 10 participants.
This article highlights the interlinking ways that industrial agriculture moves into the Not Good, Not Clean, Not Fair zone. Mono-culture, pesticide exposure and pollution of ground water sources, political disenfranchisement, and land ownership consolidation are interlocked and reinforced in our current food systems.
A Town Demands Protection from Pesticides
Great article about how a greenhouse can work in serious winter weather.
Fresh, Local Food in a South Dakota Winter
Come to the table to share drinks and nibbles with Slow Food Colorado Springs as we celebrate 2015 and look forward to activities in 2016.
Slow Food Colorado Springs is holding a Community and Member‘s meeting on Wednesday, February 24th @ 5:30PM at BJ‘s Restaurant and Brewhouse in University Village. There will be a cash bar. Light appetizers are on us!
Stand with us to move the local food community forward in 2016 and beyond.
If you have any questions, please contact Gail Johnson at .
We hope to see you there.
CFAM winter markets are every third Sunday – which means this there is one this Sunday. Come on by the Ivywild School on Sunday, from 11 am to 3 pm, to stock up on all your favorite goods from their amazing local vendors. CFAM is the only market in town with 100% Colorado vendors, 100% of the time.
If you are interested in learning more about Grains, check into the Grain School being presented by University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance. There may still be room in the 3 day school, or come for the Public Forum on the evening of Jan 16.