Fun planning trip to Wheeler Farm

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.

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Piglets getting some rest.

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Momma getting a break   🙂

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Chickens on the prowl!

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Challenges for new farms and farmers entering as organic producers

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.

 

Colorado Springs Backyard Farms class. Graft your own Pawpaw tree — $40 Advanced Registration Required

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.

Community and Member’s Meeting

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 BJs 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.

Colorado Farm and Art Market this Sunday

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.

 

Grain School

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.

 

Corner Post Meats Tour and Potluck

Slow Food Colorado Springs is planning a tour of Corner Post Meats, with a potluck to follow, on Sunday, October 25.  The one hour tour will start at1 pm, and we will plan to eat at around 2:30.  If you have not been to Corner Post, you will find it to be a beautiful spot with a wonderful story.

Bring a dish to share, and a beverage of your choice.  The steering committee will be cooking some examples of Corner Post meats for sharing.

Please RSVP by email to coloradospringsco@slowfoodusa.org with the number of people who will be attending.

Corner Post Meats is located at 10165 Hodgen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908.