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RBR News | June 27, 2014

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Around the Ranch


ACES Summer Kick-Off

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Summer in Aspen is a beautiful thing. June nights are long and sweet, and Aspens and cottonwoods are exploding in a verdant celebration of the growing season. And each year, near the summer solstice, ACES brings our membership together at Hallam Lake to enjoy live music, scrumptious food, and good company.


From Nose to Tail

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What Does it Take to Raise the Highest Quality Pig?

Article originally published in Edible Aspen's Summer 2014 Issue.


What Color is the Black Bear?

Summer is in full swing at Hallam Lake and I’m willing to bet most of us are excited for the warm days, green plants, and vivid wildflowers. Black bears, skinny from their lengthy winter slumber, are probably more excited than all of us. It is officially bear season in the Roaring Fork Valley and last week our motion-activated trail cameras snapped pictures of three different bears visiting the Hallam Lake preserve.


RBR News | June 20, 2014

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Around the Ranch
As agriculture assistant at Rock Bottom Ranch, I am constantly thinking about what it takes to grow healthy, delicious veggies, and care for our many animals. One crucial aspect is the support from our sustainability conscious and generous community!

The first week of the Basalt Sunday Market was a wonderful success and a refreshing reminder of the vibrant and growing local food and artisan community that surrounds us.


Morning Birding Species List | June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 6AM - 9AM
Weather: warm and breezy with clear skies. Gusty wind at times may have kept some birds under cover, but we saw a good number of species, some wonderful behavior and active nests.  
Location: Rock Bottom Ranch


RBR News | June 13, 2014

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Around the Ranch
There are several essential components of a local food system and one of the most important has been forgotten by most eaters in this era of modern food production – the processor.  As little as fifty years ago, small, family-owned meat processing facilities existed in nearly every county of the United States. These small businesses were a valuable resource in the community and played an integral part of the food system, converting animals into meat. 


ACES Presents Next Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogue

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Featuring sustainable farming advocate Craig McNamara
Aspen, Colorado (June 13, 2014) — On Wednesday, June 18th, Craig McNamara, President and owner of Sierra Orchards and President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, will present "The Future of Sustainable Agriculture: A Farmer’s Perspective" for Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) Jessica Catto Leadership Dialogue series.

RBR News | June 6, 2014

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Around the Ranch
It is June and the days are getting longer. Increased day length is a welcomed friend to our pastures, vegetables, and the agriculture staff – who now work most of the daylight hours. Today begins the final week before farmers’ market season, so we have one last rush to get as many projects completed as possible.