Robyn O’Brien: Patriotism on a Plate

Wow: Most of us are aware of the issues around GM foods in America, but Robyn O’Brien’s TEDx Mile High talk earlier this year is eye-opening, to say the least. Awareness is the first step: Patriotism on a Plate

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2011 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory

It’s growing season and Colorado is a GREAT place to be to experience all that’s LOCAL!

The 2011 Colorado Farm Fresh Directory features more than 260 farms, ranches, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and agritourism operations as well as nearly 100 farmers’ markets across the state. Farm Fresh also includes farms that offer tours, wineries, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, farm and ranch vacations, and a crop calendar. In addition, the free directory includes county fairs, food and agricultural festivals, recipes and tips for picking Colorado produce.

CLICK HERE to download your copy. Or visit participating libraries, chambers of commerce, welcome centers, visitor centers, CSU Extension offices and other businesses to grab a printed version. Go to Colorado Agriculture’s site for MORE INFORMATION>.

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Beer & Wine Time.

Two great events happening this week: Colorado Winefest and 2011 Denver International Beer Competition. Come out and get a taste of the local talent on display!

MORE INFO>Winefest.   MORE INFO>Beer Competition.

 

 

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Farm Dinner for School Food Project June 8

Great Food, Great Venue, Great Cause: Our Children’s Health! and…

Volunteer servers needed: Email sunny.young@bvsd.org

 

 

 

 

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Time to Act: GM Crops on County Ag Land Meeting

The next Cropland Policy Advisory Group meeting is a discussion meeting on GMO Crops on public lands. It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 5:30 – 7:30 at the Open Space Offices, 5201 St. Vrain Road Longmont, CO 80503 Map and directions.

If you are interested in whether Boulder County Agricultural land will have GMO crops grown on it, come to this meeting. Go here for background on the issue.
The GMKnow organization invites all interested people to attend and help the cause. Email info@gm-no.org for more info.
They say “currently, of the 9 members who make up this council, three are chemical farmers who plant GMO crops, lease land from the County and stand to benefit directly from the policy that they are helping to write, hardly a democratic or representative process. This will be the one and only time we have an opportunity to collectively let them know our hearts prior to the policy being written.”

GMKnow will table an information booth for six Saturdays and six Wednesdays at the Boulder County Farmers Market. If you’d like to volunteer for this, Email info@gm-no.org

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Preserve@Home Online Classes

Colorado State University Extension and the University of Idaho Extension are offering Preserve@Home online classes to help you learn the techniques and safety practices of food preservation. Read more and sign up!.

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Edible Front Range wins PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

We couldn’t be happier for our friends at Edible Front Range!

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UPDATE: Local Foods, Local Jobs Act DERAILED

The opponents of the ‘Local Foods, Local Jobs’ Act have successfully derailed local foods from being fairly considered.  Although it is technically scheduled for a hearing tomorrow afternoon, this effectively sets the bill up for failure because it will die on the calendar as tomorrow is the last day of the 2011 session.  However, it is only appropriate that we continue to make our case of the importance of this bill to the House Agriculture Committee. read on

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Pictures don’t lie. Help keep them legal.

UPDATE: Sign the petition TODAY! YOUR VOICE COUNTS!
It failed in Florida and is still up for vote in Iowa and Minnesota….

Lawmakers are taking action to address the egregious conditions that exist at factory farms. But not to create laws to prevent future violations of food safety regulations, environmental quality standards, workers’ rights, and animal rights on the part of irresponsible farmers.  Instead, legislation pending in three states would make taking photos of a farm a criminal act, one of which may clear a significant hurdle as early as this week on its way to becoming a law.

Goats, pigs, cows, farm dogs ready for their close-ups : Slow Food USA.

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Intro to Backyard Viticulture and Wine Tasting: May 22nd

The 2011 Stonebridge AgriCulturalist Season presents…
An Introduction to Backyard Viticulture and Wine Tasting
for Slow Food Boulder

Slow Food Boulder invites you to join hosts John Martin and Kayann Short at Stonebridge Farm, 5169 Ute Highway, on Sunday, May 22, 3-5:30 pm, for a presentation on local wine grape growing, vineyard tour, tasting of Stonebridge wine and appetizer potluck. Cost is $25/member; $30/non-member.

The presentation will include a tour and history of the Stonebridge vineyard and discussion of cold hardy varieties grown in this region. The talk will also address the benefits of establishing a local wine growing tradition and the ways local wine can be a part of a local food movement. To inspire those who wish to grow their own table wine, the lecture will be followed by a tasting of Stonebridge wine, now in its fourth year of production, and an appetizer potluck, with a farm tour available for interested participants.

Please bring an appetizer to share, BYOB (Colorado wineries encouraged) if desired and questions about backyard viticulture. Stonebridge is a working farm so appropriate footwear (i.e., no high heels) is strongly suggested.

DIRECTIONS: Stonebridge is 9/10 of a mile east from the intersection of highways 36 and 66. Look for the big red farmhouse on your left, park in the lot off the entrance, and walk up the driveway past the barn toward the greenhouse.

RSVP (REQUIRED): info@slowfoodboulder.com. Your place is confirmed upon receipt of your check made out to Slow Food Boulder and mailed to Carol Carlson, PO Box 525, Boulder, CO 80306.

For more information on Stonebridge Farm, visit www.stonebridgefarmcsa.com, email John at jmartin@greenspeedisp.net or call 303-823-0975.

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