Community Agriculture Alliance: A look back at 2019
For Steamboat Pilot & Today
As 2019 comes to a close, Community Agriculture Alliance is proud to look back over the past year and share some of the impacts we’ve helped create in our community. Community Ag was founded 20 years ago, in 1999 by a diverse group of community leaders and individuals who were concerned about agriculture.
Their vision of an organization that works to promote, support and help sustain agriculture in our valley remains true today. Here’s a review of 2019 by the numbers:
- $10,000 donated to create the new CAA Micro Loan Fund that will offer revolving micro loans to local agriculture producers. Find information at communityagalliance.org, applications due Dec. 31.
- 1,662 dozen local eggs purchased at caamarket.org
- 1,200 cyclists who rode in the first Steamboat Gravel bike race that brought in a $5,000 donation
- 887 working ranches and farms in Routt County who keep agriculture alive
- 500 plus customers who shop the CAA online farmers market.
- 485 Ag Week event participants who learned, listened to stories of our heritage, ate, drank, laughed and supported the theme “Where would you be without agriculture? Naked and hungry!”
- 421 water education forum attendees who care about the Yampa River Basin
- 225 CAA members who support CAA’s mission with annual contributions to promote and sustain agriculture
- 175 cyclists who rode the Moots Ranch Rally Ride and for the $5,000 donation
- 118 Yampavores attended Plate & Pint at Butcherknife Brewing Co. and Farm to Table dinner at Harwigs
- 65 area businesses and organizations who sponsor Ag Appreciation Week
- 60 local producers who sell food and products on caamarket.org
- 52 educational columns in Steamboat Pilot & Today, who generously donates space for the weekly CAA column
- 32 riders in Cayuse Classic Horse Show with proceeds donated to CAA
- 26 CAA board of directors and advisers who provide guidance and leadership
- 22 members of the Integrated Water Management Plan who are working to find projects on the Yampa River that benefit agriculture, environment, recreation and overall river health
- 20 founding CAA board members whose vision and passion for agriculture continues on today at CAA. A special thank you and recognition for: Medora Fralick, Wanda Redmond, Greg Brown, Robert Bruchez, Ed Camilletti, Jay Fetcher, Judy Green, John Kerst, Gary Mielke, Lyman Orton, Jo Stanko, Mike Tetreault, Rich Tremaine, Dean Vogelaar, Towsend Anderson, Winnie Deliquadri, CJ Mucklow, Ben Beall Sr., Kevin Bennett and Carl Herald
- 14 participants in the 2019 Land Stewardship Course who learned about caring for the land
- 17 agriculture organizations and partners that provide information for CAA column and Ag Journal
- 15 donors who supported CAA’s Endowment Fund and Enterprise Zone project
- 11 restaurants who offered local food specials during Ag Week.
- 10 regional funders and foundations including the city of Steamboat Springs, Routt County and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation
- 10 Centennial Farms and Ranches in Routt County with continuing family ownership for over 100 years
- One caring community who truly believes that ag matters
To learn more, call at970-879-4370 or visit communityagalliance.org.
Michele Meyer is the executive director for Community Agriculture Alliance.
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