Applejack Distillery Proposed For Holy Terror Farm
Chris Myles would like to build and operate an “applejack” distillery in a building at Allison Gannett and Jason Trimm’s Holy Terror Farm near Paonia. There is just one small problem: funding. Miles is trying to overcome that obstacle by using the website, Kickstarter, to raise the needed $45,000 to cover startup costs. Those wanting to invest from one dollar to thousands in the project can find out more from Myles or Holy Terror Farm or by going to Holy Terror Farm Organic Applejack on Kickstarter.com.
Myles, who is a sort of jack-of-all-trades and builds custom guitars and bicycles, plans to hand-build most of the distilling equipment.
Applejack is a yeast fermented and distilled apple brandy that is different and has more kick that regular hard ciders that are more like wine as far as alcohol content. If things go well, Myles plans to produce the first bottle of Holy Terror Applejack in the fall of 2012.
VOGA and VOGEA Boards Welcome New Members
Christie Aschwanden and Steve Ela are the new VOGA Board members, while Don Lareau leaves the Board and is now a VOGEA Board member. Kerry Noonan also joins VOGEA. Welcome everyone! There is still time to mail in your membership forms and fees. Deadline for renewals is March 15. If you do not have a form, go to www.vogaco.org.
Know Your Farmer – Desert Weyr
Desert Weyr, LLC is home to the largest flock of purebred Black Welsh Mountain sheep in North America. Oogie McGuire is the Secretary & Registrar for the American Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Association which registers the US and Canadian sheep. She is also the only approved inspector of Black Welsh for the UK Black Welsh Sheep breeders Association.
The Desert Weyr flock is registered in both US and UK. They sell wool, meat, horns and breeding stock. Get to know your farmer on March 13 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at 16870 Garvin Mesa Road in Paonia.
CSU Extension Offers Advice for Farmers and Gardeners
March is the month that kicks off the gardening season. In much of the North Fork in March it is possible to work the soil and to plant peas and hardy greens. All it takes is a few warmer days or a plastic row cover to get the seeds to germinate properly. It is also the time to start summer garden plants inside.
As the season proceeds it will be good to know that the CSU County Extension is ready serve you with free advice. Want to know what those spots are on your veggie leaves? Or what kind of weird bug you found in the garden and how to deal with it? Or just the best way to grow stuff? The CSUE office is located at 525 Dodge Street in Delta, across from the courthouse.
Call 874-2195 for advice or go online to westernslopegardening.org or ext.colostate.edu.
CSU Offers Seedling Trees
Once again CSU Extension will be offering Seedling Trees in cooperation with the CSU Forest Service. CSU is currently taking orders for the seedling trees; the trees will be ready for pick-up the end of April. To qualify for the program you must:
Own two or more acres of land
Use the seedlings for conservation purposes
Bare root trees, small potted and regular potted trees are offered in lots of 25 or 30 at a nominal cost. There is also a very limited supply of extra large potted trees. Over 40 different species are available – from Colorado Blue Spruce to Lilac to Native Plum.
Contact Ginny Price at CSU Extension at 970-249-3935.
International Biodynamic Agriculture Conference Convenes in Hotchkiss on March 1-4
The eleventh annual international conference of the biodynamic agricultural Fellowship of Preparation Makers will meet at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss on March 1-4. The conference, held for the first time in the Rocky Mountain West will be hosted by the newly forming “North Fork Biodynamic Community” and the local “Valley Organic Growers Association” (VOGA).
A Thursday pre-conference will precede the main conference and will focus on a primary study of Biodynamic principles. Although it’s too late to sign up for the main conference, more information can be found on the VOGA website at www.vogaco.org.
4-H Beef Roast is a Great Deal
Are you looking for a great deal in these tough economic times? Rest assured a delicious, healthy, and family friendly meal is still within your budget! For over half a century the Delta County 4-H Program has served a delicious roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, vegetables, cheesecake and a beverage to the residents of Delta County and the surrounding areas.
You are invited to come enjoy a hearty family meal on Sunday, March from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at either of the two event locations: Delta Middle School or Hotchkiss High School. Carry out is also available.
Tickets are just $8.00 for adults (12 and up) and $4.00 for children. Tickets are available at the door the day of the dinner, in advance from local 4-H members, or in advance at the Delta Extension Office located at 525 Dodge Street in Delta. All proceeds benefit local youth who are involved in the 4-H Program in Delta County.
For more information about the dinner, call the CSU Extension office at 970-874-2195.
Public Fruit & Vine Pruning Workshop – March 24
A Fruit and vine pruning workshop – including tree fruits and grapes, will be presented by Colorado State University Western Colorado Research Center at the Western Colorado Research Center – Orchard Mesa, 3168 B ½ Road, Grand Junction, CO.
The workshop will be on March 24 at 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cost for the class is $25 per person for those who register on or before March 19, 2012 or $30.00 at the door (if space is available). Registration will be limited to the first 45 people who register.
Go to http://www.colostate.edu/programs/wcrc/index.html for more information.