Educational events promote local ag producers in Silt, Colorado

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Resource Concern:
Often there is a lack of exposure of what producers do in their communities. Through educational events, such as tours–especially like a unique bicycle ride, citizens can learn about where their food comes from and the diversity of agricultural products.

Solution:
The Tour De Farms, hosted by Mount Sopris Conservation District, was held on Saturday, August 13 in Silt, Colorado.  We toured three local agricultural producers: Open Heart Ranch-Carla and Warren Roberts, Peach Valley CSA Farm-Ken and Gail Kuhns, and Butch and Sharon Blanco’s small acreage vineyard.   Participants learned about local food production while enjoying a 21 mile bike ride.  We ended at Black Dog Saloon and shared a meal from locally grown beef and vegetables.  Mount Sopris Conservation District offers many educational opportunities throughout the year for people of all ages.

Benefit:
The Tour De Farms bike ride educated many non-producers about the efforts of local farms and ranches. And because of the generous donations of vegetables from Peach Valley CSA-Ken and Gail Kuhns, and grants from LiveWell Garfield County, Town of New Castle and Mount Sopris Conservation District,  Tour De Farms was able to contribute $670.00 to ACCESS Roaring Fork!