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Michael Moss, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, will discuss his new book, “Hooked”, a powerful exposé exploring the science of food addiction and how the processed food industry exploits our evolutionary instincts and legal loopholes in the name of profit over public health.

HOOKED

Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions

by Michael Moss

Because what we eat has never mattered more.

Learn how local farmers, ranchers and food producers navigate the maze of processing regulations to bring food to YOUR Table.  Panel guests are Chrissy McFarren, Badger Creek Ranch; Emily Brown, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union; and Zachery Willis, Paonia Food Club Custom Meats

Key takeaways:

  • Local food producers are dedicated to their work, striving to bring their customers the best, freshest food possible and a reasonable price

  • Yet the food we purchase should be much more expensive.  Learn why.

  • By using regenerative farming practices, the land used for producing food is being constantly nourished, keeping its value.

George Sibley on The Impacts of Society and the Water Crisis in the West.

Sibley’s credentials are well known throughout this region with his extensive writing portfolio and career as an educator at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. He’ll explore the issues of sustainability, community, and the interaction of humans in their environment; all topics of his professional focus.

AHA!

SOIL Sangre de Cristo celebrates the publication of “AHA!” with nationally known
author Woody Tasch. Join SOIL Sangre de Cristo members as Tasch reads key
selections and explains Slow Opportunities for Investing Locally.
SOIL concepts work for any community in building a resilient local food system.
Woody’s latest book is a “how to” for nurture capitalists as they navigate with
renewed awareness the need to expand a local pool of capital. This supports
regenerative farming practices and widens the diversity in our food systems.
Given today’s dire state of climate change and ongoing disruptions in the global
supply chain, investment in a local, resilient food system is vital not only for good
health, but literally for our future survival.

SNOWPACK AND WHY IT MATTERS TO FOOD PRODUCTION
 
LA CAPA DE NIEVE Y POR QUÉ ES IMPORTANTE PARA LA PRODUCCIÓN DE ALIMENTOS

This presentation (translated to Spanish) briefly discusses snow data collection, the challenges of monitoring the snowpack, and general snowpack trends.

From here the discussion shifts to CSAS’s Colorado Dust-on-Snow program, an applied science program serving stakeholders in all major Colorado watersheds. Desert dust transported from adjacent arid regions is deposited on the Colorado snowpack, drastically altering spring runoff and storage of water in mountain snow. With changing climate and increased development in the desert southwest, aridification and dust transport will continue to be a major driver of change. These factors will be summarized as to what it means for runoff forecasts and water resources and food production.

 

Esta presentación analiza brevemente la recopilación de datos de nieve, los desafíos de monitorear la capa de nieve y las tendencias generales de la capa de nieve. 

A partir de aquí, la discusión cambia al programa Colorado Dust-on-Snow de CSAS, un programa de ciencia aplicada que sirve a las partes interesadas en las principales cuencas hidrográficas de Colorado. El polvo del desierto transportado desde las regiones áridas adyacentes se deposita en la capa de nieve de Colorado, alterando drásticamente la escorrentía de primavera y el almacenamiento de agua en la nieve de las montañas. Con el cambio climático y el aumento del desarrollo en el desierto del suroeste, la aridificación y el transporte de polvo seguirán siendo un importante factor de cambio. Estos factores se resumirán en lo que significa para los pronósticos de escorrentía y los recursos hídricos y producción de alimentos.

SOIL Sangre de Cristo Benefits of Heritage Grains
 

SOIL Sangre de Cristo held its first meeting virtually as the country started to close due to the pandemic in late March 2020. The timing was perfect. People in the communities throughout the south-central region of Colorado became concerned about keeping food on grocery store shelves and their families fed.

SOIL Sangre de Cristo celebrates
One Year Anniversary


 

SOIL Sangre de Cristo held its first meeting virtually as the country started to close due to the pandemic in late March 2020. The timing was perfect. People in the communities throughout the south-central region of Colorado became concerned about keeping food on grocery store shelves and their families fed.

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SOIL SANGRE DE CRISTO LAUNCHES ZERO-INTEREST LOANS TO SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND FOOD PRODUCERS

Inspired by local farmers’ markets and the agricultural heritage of the San Luis Valley, co-founders PJ Bergin and Julie Mordecai of SOIL Sangre de Cristo have launched zero-interest loans to support local farmers and food producers in South Central Colorado.  After multiple organizational meetings with founding members, a grant application was filed for “seed money”.

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