Boulder County’s Eat Local Week

by Grace Boyle on August 30, 2011

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Eat Local is already underway this week and it’s something I couldn’t support more.

I wanted to highlight some fun events and speakers over the remainder of the event, in case you’re considering attending or just want to learn more.

“BUILDING THE LOCAL FOOD ECONOMY,” with Michael Shuman
Wed., Aug. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (online or at the door)

Economist and author Michael Shuman will reveal the first results of a major economic study investigating the potential impacts of up to 25% food localization in Boulder County and the state of Colorado. Learn how investment in our local foodshed can substantially increase both demand for and supply of local food, create thousands of new jobs in Colorado, generate hundreds of new businesses, and produce millions in revenues to support the local economy.  Click here for more information and to register.

“THE LOCAL FOOD SHIFT MEETS SLOW MONEY,” with Woody Tasch
Thurs., Sept. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (online or at the door)

This event is designed to spark conversations and connections amongst local eaters, food and farming entrepreneurs, intermediaries, and food activists. Meet the founder of Slow Money, Wood Tasch, and learn about this revolutionary approach to shifting local dollars into the local food and farming enterprises that deserve our patronage. Click here for more information and to register.

INVESTORS BRIEFING
Thurs., Sept. 1, 3:00 p.m.
Millennium Harvest House
1345 28th St., Boulder
Admission $10 (online or at the door)

Join Woody Tasch and Michael Brownlee for a high-level briefing for the investment community—not a “pitch slam,” but an opportunity to learn about trends and entrepreneurial activities that are indicative of how local capital is already beginning to flow into the local food system. Click here for more information and to request an invitation.

TOURS DE COOPS

Take a self-guided tour of backyard chicken coops, urban farms, and community gardens—and get to know the people behind them. Meet and learn from local beekeepers, goatkeepers, and cultivators of delightful culinary gardens, along with those who are exploring newer forms of food production such as hydroponics and aquaponics. Click here for more information.

Tour de Coops, Boulder Area
Sun., Sept. 4, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Slow Food Bicycle Tour de Farms
Sun., Aug. 28, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lone Hawk Farm, 10790 N. 49th St., Longmont
Registration $30

First Annual Slow Food Boulder County Farm Bike Tour: 15-mile loop through gorgeous farm country north of Boulder. Visit Lone Hawk Farm, Aspen Moon Farm, Sol y Sombra and Stonebridge Farm. Pick up veggies and head back for a gourmet picnic. Sponsored by Slow Food Boulder CountyDenver Botanic Gardens and Edible Front Range with generous help from Boulder’s newly opened Cured and the ever friendly Oskar Blues. $30 person. Register here.

Longmont Bicycle Tour de Farms
Sun., Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Start at Ollin Farms, 8627 N. 95th St., Longmont
Registration $20

Join us for the First Annual Longmont Bicycle Tour de Farms. Explore local agricultural projects through participating in a leisurely 14-mile bike ride. Visit cutting edge farms, hear presentations from farmers, gain useful tools and knowledge for your own garden, find out ways you can support area efforts to strengthen our local food system and eat delicious local food with delicious local people. Come enjoy the future of food! Click here for more information and to register.

 

“THE FARM-TO-SCHOOL CHALLENGE”
Thurs. Sept. 1, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Alfalfa’s Market Community Room
1651 Broadway, Boulder

Getting fresh, healthy local food into our schools turns out to be a daunting challenge that will require a concerted community effort. Panelists for this lively session include Julia Erlbaum, RealFood Colorado; Bryce Brown, Growe Foundation; Travis Robinson, The Kitchen Community; Shelly Allen, St. Vrain Valley School District; Andy Nowack, Slow Food Denver. RSVP here.

“BUILDING THE BOULDER COUNTY LOCAL FOOD BRAND”
Fri., Sept. 2, noon – 1:30 p.m.
REI Store
1789 28th Street, Boulder

If food localization can boost the local economy, then it seems necessary to build a local food brand along the way. How can this be done? Panelists include Hugo Matheson, The Kitchen; Erik Skokan, Black Cat Farm Table Bistro; Arron Mansika, Naturally Boulder; Seleyn DeYarus; Best Organics. RSVP here.

For more information visit: http://eatlocalguide.com/bouldercounty/ or follow @TransitionCO

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