Community Ag Alliance: Naked and hungry without agriculture
March is fast approaching and bringing with it a full schedule of events promoting local agriculture, celebrating agriculture and expressing the importance of agriculture through art. We invite you to participate in it all.
Starting on March 6, Steamboat Springs Arts Council hosts the opening of the Ranchlands Art Exhibit at the Depot Art Center. Ranchlands is a Colorado-based organization committed to the management and preservation of large-scale ranches.
The exhibit features a collection of pieces created by a group of artists who travel, gather together and work on different ranches around the country to gain inspiration for their artwork. Ranchland’s art collection is presented around the U.S. in efforts to bring a broader community together to recognize and discuss the current state and future of agriculture — all while enjoying art. Not to be missed, Ranchlands will be at the Depot until March 30.
March 6 is the First Friday of the month — a big day for the arts community in Steamboat. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council isn’t the only organization focusing on agriculture.
Coinciding with the First Friday Art Walk, Chief Theater will be hosting “Taste of Local Foods” where folks can come in and sample appetizers, featuring local food from the Yampa Valley. It’s another great chance to connect and appreciate and taste some local products while enjoying and supporting the arts in our community.
Moving along through the month of March, Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Community Agriculture Alliance and Colorado University Extension will be hosting a variety of workshops and events to engage the community further in this recognition and celebration of agriculture. These activities will include an artists workshop, panel discussions with local ranchers and extension specialists, gardening workshops and a community barn dance March 27 at the Deport Art Center.
On March 28, Butcherknife Brewing Company will host “Lagers and Legislators,” giving people an opportunity to learn more about proposed legislation effecting agriculture in the state of Colorado. On March 29, Western BBQ at the top of the Gondola is hosting Ag Appreciation Night where your ticket includes a meal featuring local food and the chance to interact with local farmers and ranchers.
The week of March 22 to 29 is officially Ag Appreciation Week. For Community Agriculture Alliance (CAA), the goal is to unite our community with agriculture by coordinating activities and events focusing on the value of agriculture in the Yampa Valley.
CAA is working hard to get local businesses and restaurants on board with this campaign. If you or anyone you know has a business or restaurant interested in supporting our efforts to recognize the importance of agriculture in the Yampa Valley and shine some seriously deserved light of appreciation to our local producers, please call the CAA office at 970-879-4370. We need you and want to work with you.
One-hundred percent of sponsorship and event proceeds benefit CAA, your local leader for agriculture and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please visit our website to learn more at http://www.communityagalliance.org.
There really is something for everyone and families alike, to participate in the recognition and celebration of agriculture during this month. As an advocate for local agriculture and the arts, we encourage you to attend one or more of these great events.
Because, truly, we ask you: Where would you be without agriculture? Naked and hungry.
Lindsey Hall is administrative assistant at Community Agriculture Alliance Inc.
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