Mar
14
1:30 PM13:30

Farm Forum #7: A Center for Agriculture is coming to Boulder County

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A Center for Agriculture is being born in Boulder County!

Calling all lovers of food, fiber, farm and land. We need your input to help dream up and create this center. Please join us for a Potluck and Listening Session!

Boulder NEEDS a full-bore agricultural center for education, young farmer training, community gathering, innovation, collaborative creation, CSA pickups, conferences, farm-to-table eating & drinking, a place to celebrate our farmers, a landscape where children can run amongst farmers and through fields, a place to enjoy healthy food and witness the future of food and farm. 

This is about to change! The Boulder Open Space Conservancy (BOSC) is coalescing latent energy in our community to manifest an agricultural center. What the agricultural center becomes is up to you!

Everyone is invited to the table. What is your dream for agricultural center in Boulder? What does our community, and this place, want to give birth to? Does it look like Stone Barns, or the Ecology Center, Hawthorne, Oregon Tilth, so combination of these things, are something different altogether? How do you or your organization want to be involved?

Farm Forum #7 will be the first of many community listening sessions to aggregate movers, shakers, ideas, movements, organizations into a cohesive and unified vision for an agricultural center.

After the Potluck, I've got a plan for facilitation to reduce the cacophony and increase the sharing and learning.

Bring food or beverage to share. Go big if can! Last month we had the most amazing array of local food, ranging from rabbit pot big, bison lasagna, heirloom breads, roots and stews and soups of stellar ambrosial achievement. 

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Forum #4: Raise Your Voice on Boulder County Land Use Policy!
Jan
11
to Jan 24

Forum #4: Raise Your Voice on Boulder County Land Use Policy!

Farm Forum #4: Raise your Voice! How can Boulder Land Use Policy to better support Robust Local Food Systems and Farmers

All Welcome. Potluck & Discussion. Jan. 11th. 6-9pm. Altona Grange.

As citizens we have an obligation to shape public land use policy in our community. Boulder is a leader in renewable energy, all sorts of science, environmental activism, impact investing, natural foods and more. How can Boulder also be a beacon of change in land use and agriculture? ⠀
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Boulder County seeks input on agricultural land use policy. Boulder County Agriculture Outreach is hosting the open house in Longmont on January 18th, when they will address the comments submitted by the public. Public comments are due January 12th. ⠀
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There are significant challenges, prohibitive regulations and limitations on land-use that restrict the creativity and economic possibility of good agriculture that enriched our landscape. A range of Boulder County farmers will share their perspectives on needed change to set the stage for community dialogue and breakout groups.⠀
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Come to learn, share and discover how to make a difference. Farmers need our help. Everyone is welcome. Childcare is free for kids over 5 years old.
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Mad Agriculture will carry the work to the Purple Door café (Hygiene, CO) on the morning of January 12th to help complete individual comments.⠀

Here’s your homework:

The Land Use Policy is here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/property-and-land/land-use/planning/land-use-code/

The survey can be found here: https://www.bouldercounty.org/property-and-land/land-use/agriculture-outreach-project/

Public Comments can be read here: https://bouldercounty.wufoo.com/reports/agriculture-outreach-comments/ (Only one substantive comment has been made.)

The Boulder County Open House is Jan. 18th (5:30-7:30pm) at the Ron Stewart Parks & Open Space Administration Building, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont, CO.

 

 

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Farmer Forum #1
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Farmer Forum #1

Forum #1 : Should hydroponic production be considered organic?

We will discuss the hotly-debated issue of whether hydroponic production should be considered organic. This is a complex topic that spans the economics of organic production, the power of certification and labels, technical definitions of 'organic', the nutritional density of food, small business vs. corporate interests, rural & urban forms of agriculture, and perhaps most importantly, what is the role of soil in growing food? Conversations often weaves across these issues, and conversations are often messy. This Forum is timely because the National Organic Standards Board will be deciding whether hydroponics should be certified organic in early November. 

Resources to Enrich the Heart and Mind: 

Fred Speak: https://www.keepthesoilinorganic.org/fred-kirschenmann

Mod Farmer: https://modernfarmer.com/2017/05/is-hydro-organic-farming-organic/

Civil Eats: https://civileats.com/2016/07/28/if-your-veggies-were-grown-hydroponic-can-they-be-organic/

USDA Task Force: https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/2016%20Hydroponic%20Task%20Force%20Report.PDF

 

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