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Living off the land

Dear Editor:

Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, and the Roaring Fork Food Policy Council would like to thank everyone throughout the valley who made our two Local Foods Challenge kickoff events last week hugely successful.

Last Thursday, ACES staff graciously hosted our outdoor film screening and brought its ice-cream maker from Rock Bottom Ranch. Cathy Burkle, of Emmadale Farm in Basalt, brought a beautiful spread of farm-fresh tasters, and Allison and Mike Spayd brought eggs, honey and more from Spradley Farms in Missouri Heights. In addition, Borden Farms, Eagle Springs Organic and Louis Swiss Pastry donated food for the evening.

On Friday, Crystal River Meats hosted a lively and well-attended party in their yard on Fourth Street in Carbondale. Once again, they gave hundreds of burgers to First Friday attendees, and the entire staff was helpful and generous in hosting the Local Foods Challenge. We also extend a big thank-you to all of the growers who set up farm stands: Theresa Rumery, of Osage Gardens, Ilene Pevec, of Farm to School, Hayley Olsen from Peach Valley CSA, Rose Le Van, of Sustainable Settings, Bryan Reed from Eagle Springs Organic, and Stephanie Syson from Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. All the Pretty Horses provided music, Primitive Palate offered free face-painting, and the Carbondale Creamery debuted its delicious ice cream!

We look forward to seeing everyone at Thursday’s Garden Tour and Harvest Potluck Celebration at the Third Street Center, where prizes will be awarded for the Local Food Challenge, Slow Food will be serving bread from the community oven, and the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities will debut a harvest storytelling PechaKucha. New participants can join the Challenge before Thursday at http://www.aspencore.org.

Thank you to all for sharing your bounty and for building such strong community spirit and action!

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Amelia Potvin

Community Office for Resource Efficiency

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Roaring Fork Food Policy Council