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Take Action on climate change in 2018

Article adapted from Steamboat Today It’s resolution time — fitness, food, finances, personal growth. In 2018, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is resolved to mobilize our community around climate action. This year, consider making a resolution to reduce your carbon footprint. Below are strategies for taking action on climate change in your daily life. To ensure […]

Routt County CSU Extension: The dating game

Understand what food label dates really mean Article adapted from the Steamboat Today What do you do when you discover the date on some of your canned goods has passed? Do you use them anyway? Do you throw them out? Confusion about food date labels is a growing problem as consumers have become more aware […]

Every Day is Earth Day

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot’s Community Agriculture Alliance Column Written by Cameron Hawkins and Larisa Woycio, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Since Earth Day always falls during our season-ending spring break week, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is dedicating a month to celebrate “Every Day is Earth Day” and raise awareness of local sustainability efforts.  April […]

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Join the CSU Extension office Tuesday, March 8th 6:00-9:00pm to learn about the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. Click on the Routt County Cottage Food Flyer for more information.        

Food Recovery Network Certification

According to the Food Recovery Network 150,000 pounds of food are wasted in restaurants and 133 billion pounds across the nation (EPA, 2015) annually, while 50 million Americans are food insecure (1 in 5 children). The Food Recovery Network’s mission is to “shift the norm from food waste to food recovery.” Food businesses (restaurants, grocery […]

40 members tour 4 coops

Last week YVSC hosted it’s annual Garden Tour with a twist – touring four homes near Soda Creek Elementary that all have chicken coops. Since the regulation for chickens in the city limits changed 5 years ago, more and more residents are trying chickens – both successfully and with challenges. Building a large, predator-safe enclosure […]

Live Simply Challenge Part 8 – Local Food, Simplify the System

If you haven’t been following along in the YVSC Live Simply Challenge, read all about it here. This post is provided by Michele Meyer, Local Food/Products Coordinator for the Community Agriculture Alliance While there are many definitions of local food, the most simple is “food that is grown, raised, or made as close as possible” is considered […]

Grassroots Advocacy Power Program (GAPP)

From our Partners at LiveWell Colorado: LiveWell’s advocacy efforts rely on the strength and voice of the Grassroots Advocacy Power Program (GAPP) participants. GAPP is a group of Colorado citizens who are motivated to actively participate in generating more healthy eating and active living opportunities in your community. We need you to send emails, make […]

Food Waste in the U.S. – what it costs us, and what can you do?

Food Waste Facts from the EPA, NRDC, Mother Nature Network. 40% of food in the US is never eaten This as an issue of resource productivity, as well as of human impact Take a whole-system-view of food production and waste shows us the greater impacts What it costs us: There are many resources needed to grow […]

CEO of Panera takes SNAP (food stamps) Challenge to experience hunger

Two weeks from now, LiveWell Colorado, the Bud Werner Memorial Library, and YVSC team up to present A Place at the Table, a documentary by the makers of Food, Inc. Food is a hot topic – local, organic, and GMOs aside, in much of the country there is simply not enough money for food, let alone […]