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Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference

Posted in Ranch Report

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to travel to Mobile, Alabama to attend a conference hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG).  This conference, in its 23rd year, gives family farm operators practical tools and solutions to improve sustainability.  As always, the conference offers a wealth of knowledge and new ideas, and is an incredible networking opportunity to meet over 1,000 farmers and producers working towards similar goals. 


Winter Landscape Dioramas | AES Second Grade

Posted in Kids' Corner
Exploring Hallam Lake on a field program

For the last three months ACES has been collecting shoeboxes. One hundred and twenty of them, to be exact, one for each second grader at Aspen Elementary School. The shoeboxes have been stacked in the ACES Science Classroom at Aspen Elementary School, and now that students have returned from winter break they will begin to transform their shoebox into an amazing diorama, exhibiting local animals, and how they deal with the challenges of winter.


Tamworth Pigs at Rock Bottom Ranch

Posted in Ranch Report

A few weeks ago, Rock Bottom Ranch welcomed two new gilts (young female pigs) to our family.  These adorable piglets are a heritage breed called Tamworth. The Tamworth breed is one of the oldest recognized pig breeds in the world, originating in England. Sir Robert Peel is credited with developing the breed by crossing local pigs with imported Irish stock.


2013 Christmas Bird Count - Wrap Up

The Aspen area's Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) saw a great turnout of volunteers as well as help with ptarmigan observations from Highlands and Snowmass Ski Patrols.  In all, more than 22 people participated in count efforts during 'count week' (three days prior and after count day) and on the official count day, December 15, 2013.  This volunteer force included Elsie Weiss, age 8, as the youngest birder, with Wyatt Case and Anders Weiss, both age 10, adding more young blood to the group.  Thank you to all the volunteer birders for helping us gather important data and sh