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June 2012

Hot money turns from gold to farm land

“I see that the demand for food incrementally grows each year, and I don’t know about the supply of farm ground coming on.”
- Paul Magnuson, investment manager


Meanwhile, Detroit and Michigan State University, seeing possible local food system dollars in the new farm bill, have teamed up to start a new urban farming program, MetroFoodPlus. (To learn why this investment manager sees farm land as a better investment than gold, click on link above.)

Read also:

Farm-to-table: Who can afford it? (Click here to get connected with the City of Fort Collins' early-stage local food system efforts.)

Updating ag land use policy before it's too late

Agriculture survey reveals common concerns

Manure management - important to horse owners

Big retailers earn energy credits recycling food waste

Farm-to-table: Who can afford it?

“If we want to continue to eat and be sure there is enough food, we need to do something.”
- Jeff Carpenter, Cooperative Extension, Catawba County, North Carolina

The worm turns. The composting worm, that is. The City of Fort Collins started work last week on the need for a sustainable local food system by hosting a gathering of "urban pioneers" and small producers. Contact city environmental planner Lindsay Ex for more information. (Click on the link above for the full story on how Catawba County, North Carolina is working to solve the problem.)

And, in case you wondered how horses fit into this picture, their aged "by product", when composted with soiled shavings, is a balanced and effective soil amendment, much in demand by master gardeners.

Read also:

Updating ag land use policy before it's too late

Agriculture survey reveals common concerns

Manure management - important to horse owners

Big retailers earn energy credits recycling food waste

Anaerobic digestor for the farm

(This blog's author, Karin Livingston, is the author of Winning Bet, a clean read for 'tweens and teens.)

Fire refugee: Blind horse needs panels

LIVERMORE, Colorado -- A family whose house burned down in the High Park fire still burning in the mountains west of Fort Collins needs to borrow temporary fencing panels for their blind horse.

The Appaloosa horse, about 30 years old, was evacuated to a pasture on acreage near Livermore, Colorado, but needs to be penned in an approximately 30’ x 40’ area for its own safety.

Luckily, the family has found accommodations for themselves. They promise to return the panels when this is all over. If you have some panels sitting around unused, call John F. at home, (970) 484-1940 or on his cell phone (970) 231-2759. Thank you!

Colorado hay production hindered by drought

Hay production is in full swing in Colorado, and the issue facing operators from across the state is the same: drought. Lack of snowpack during the winter and an early, warm spring has left many producers with decreased yield, and an outlook that depicts a continued decrease in production.

Everybody - start doing a rain dance! We can put out the fire, and grow more hay! (Click on The Fence Post magazine link for the full story.)

Free: Unqualified love, a willing attitude

Soloman_sm_003Update (06/22/2012): Soloman found a home!

A long-time client of ours needs to pursue upcoming important professional ventures, and reluctantly, needs to curtail his horse activities for the time-being. His steed, Soloman, is available free to a good home that includes a lot of pasture time, hay as needed, shelter, running water, perhaps another horse friend, and an owner committed to regular, light riding. Because of Soloman’s recovering soft-tissue injury, his owner believes Soloman is not a candidate for high-impact, competitive riding. A pasture is important, as it will keep Soloman moving and strengthen him.

Soloman is an experienced trail horse, fully trained at all gaits, probably once knew how to do Western Showmanship, is good with the veterinarian and farrier. He is 20 years old, a big, registered black Quarter Horse. For the right person, Soloman promises to provide nickered greetings after a long day, a willing attitude, psychotherapy as needed, unqualified love, the added security of an experienced mount, and fun on easy footing.

Call Richard at: (970) 222-8311