Educational events promote local ag producers in Silt, Colorado

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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.

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.

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!