As many cannabis lovers (and readers of this fine newspaper) know, hemp is now legal in Colorado. But it's not an unregulated free-for-all. State regulations allow the Colorado Department of Agriculture to test the crops of up to a third of registered growers to make sure said crops' THC content is ... More >>
Colorado Proud, the Colorado Department of Agriculture's food-promotion wing, is highlighting the harvest season this month with a 27-day, eleven-city "Choose Colorado" tour of the state, showcasing its best products. The tour will culminate with a private lunch for state dignitaries on August 27 fe ... More >>
August 1 is Colorado Day, and that's when Colorado Proud will launch its second annual Choose Colorado Tour, a 27-day road trip across Colorado's agricultural landscape. The event kicks off with a farmers' market celebrating the start of Colorado Proud Month and showcasing fresh produce and ag produ ... More >>
Jim Denny has 7,500 square feet of hemp plants and a problem: His homeowners association has found that his plants are a violation of the HOA rules and has ordered him to "replace" them by the end of next week. The reason? The HOA board says that Denny failed to get approval for "landscaping modific ... More >>
The industrial hemp growing registration period is open again -- and it will stay that way year-round from now on, thanks to a bill passed by lawmakers earlier this year. The bill, which was signed into law on May 31 and is on view below, removes the annual May 1 registration deadline for farmers wa ... More >>
Update below: The two-month period during which Colorado farmers could register to grow hemp for the 2014 growing season closed on May 1. As of 4:30 p.m. that day, state records show that 42 people or businesses were approved to grow hemp and another 53 had applied but were not yet approved. And the ... More >>
Thirteen producers have registered to legally grow hemp in Colorado in the month since registration began, according to the state Department of Agriculture. However, those thirteen producers hold a total of twenty registrations, as several of them are registered to grow in more than one location or ... More >>
We have nothing bad to say about fruits or vegetables. They are beautiful and amazing parts of this world, upstanding members of the ecosystem and, according to many sources, apparently healthy to eat. And even if we did have something bad to say about them -- cauliflower, in particular -- we wouldn ... More >>
It's been two weeks since Colorado farmers could begin registering with the state Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp, and the department reports that twelve producers have completed the process. As of March 17, seven producers had registered to grow hemp for commercial purposes and ... More >>
Colleges and universities in Colorado and other states where industrial hemp is legal are now allowed to grow the crop for research purposes, thanks to a provision in the Farm Bill signed into law on Friday by President Obama. The provision, which was originally introduced as an amendment by Colorad ... More >>
Back in October, we shared with you the Colorado Department of Agriculture's draft regulations for the growing of industrial hemp. Now, those regulations are official -- with one change. Instead of facing a registration suspension or revocation if testing reveals that a grower's plants exceed 0.3 pe ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Agriculture has released draft regulations for the growing of industrial hemp. The rules, which are on view below, specify that farmers must pay a fee of $200 plus an additional $1 per acre to grow hemp for commercial purposes, must disclose the location of their crop and, ... More >>
Adam Brock The GrowHaus 4751 York Street 720-515-4751 thegrowhaus.com This is part two of my interview with Adam Brock, founder of the GrowHaus; part one of my chat with Brock ran yesterday. What do you grow at the GrowHaus? Mostly leafy greens and herbs like lettuce, kale, cilantro, bok choy and ... More >>
Bringing It Home, a new documentary about industrial hemp inspired by North Carolina eco-conscious home builder Anthony Brenner's first hemp house, will be screening in Boulder tomorrow night as part of the fourth annual nationwide Hemp History Week. The film "explores the question of why a crop wit ... More >>
Is it legal to grow hemp in Colorado? Like, right now? That's a complicated question -- and one that the Colorado Department of Agriculture is trying to clear up in a statement issued this week: "Amendment 64 did not authorize the immediate cultivation of hemp. It instead directed the General Assem ... More >>
Back in December, we told you about a group of neighbors in RiNo who have been raising a stink over what they say are "putrid" smells coming from a pet treat factory called Kasel Associates Industries. The same month that the factory's owner sued the neighbors for harassment, batches of his products ... More >>
Has Colorado's official tourism effort gone to pot? A new video posted on YouTube suggests that, and it only makes sense: After all, not only did the state's voters approve Amendment 64, which makes recreational pot use legal in Colorado, but the state tourism office just hosted meetings on agritour ... More >>
The hottest summer on record could also be one of the driest. At the end of June, Governor John Hickenlooper requested that much of this dry, dry state be declared a federal disaster area because of "drought, low snow pack, excessive heat, and high winds" that had started on January 1...with no end ... More >>
Colorado cantaloupes are ripening quickly this season, and so are concerns that the listeria hysteria over last year's outbreak could put a damper on sales of the fruit. So the Colorado Department of Agriculture, headed by commissioner John Salazar, is pushing a project to improve the image of the v ... More >>
Always eat Colorado! Every month the Colorado Department of Agriculture releases a new Colorado Proud recipe by chef Jason Morse, now the executive chef of the Douglas County School District. The March offering sounds like a perfect snack for gourmands watching March Madness games. It's Buffalo Sau ... More >>
Man and beast keep it local.At the Denver Zoo today, five gorillas chomped on lettuce and squash. Slightly more delicately, students from Steele Elementary ate pears, apples and wraps. And none of the ingredients in today's meals came from outside of Colorado. As part of Colorado Proud Schoo ... More >>
The big news in food this week is Earth Day; you'll find a variety of Earth Day specials at various area restaurants, plus a screening of Food, Inc. on PBS to kick things off the night before. Here's a taste of what to expect: Monday, April 19: Dine out today at Dino's, 10040 West Colfax Av ... More >>
The Boulder Farmers' Market, which opened for business this past Saturday (read Juliet Wittman's story about opening day here), is always the first farmers' market of the season. In fact, when Boulder introduces its Wednesday hours on May 5, only a few other markets will have started up along the Fr ... More >>
Blackberries and beets are on the list. So are horseradish, hops and horehound. Even wasabi, wormwood and watermelon are eligible to receive money under the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. But marijuana? Sorry, says agriculture spokeswoman Christi L ... More >>
Blackberries and beets are on the list. So are horseradish, hops and horehound. Even wasabi, wormwood and watermelon are eligible to receive money under the Colorado Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Marijuana? Sorry, says agriculture department spokeswoman Ch ... More >>
Every month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture shares a recipe created by chef Jason Morse of Valley Country Club in Aurora. The October recipe, Three Onion Soup, focuses on one of the state's major crops and comes just in time for these suddenly cold days. In 2008, Colorado produced 27 ... More >>
In 1999, the Colorado Department of Agriculture introduced the Colorado Proud Program, an initiative focused on furthering local products. It's rare that a government program is way ahead of the curve (especially when it applies to food), but that's exactly what this program was. Colorado ... More >>
Every year, a friend and I make jalapeno jelly that we give to other friends (what they do with it, we have no idea), and we thought we'd perfected our formula. But this recipe for Rocky Mountain Jalapeno Jelly, created by Jason Morse, chef at Valley Country Club in Aurora and president of th ... More >>
The winner and still the chomp Spam is enjoying unprecedented popularity in these trying economic times, which means that the 2009 Great American SPAM Championship, a recipe competition that includes a qualifier at the Colorado State Fair, could be the toughest contest on record. Last year, a ... More >>
If you are a Colorado farmer -- or just roll in the hay with one -- this message is for you. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is now accepting listings for Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, a free publication that will list farmers and their roadside stands, markets, farms (selling dire ... More >>
At the original Davies Chuck Wagon Diner, a horse is a horse, of course, of course. Join us as we salute blogging veterans -- and the other kind, too. Today in Cafe Society: • Rounding up a third edition of Davies Chuck Wagon Diner. • Could Denver's Daniel Young wind up cooking at the White H ... More >>
The Colorado Department of Agriculture says it’s open to any chef willing to throw that giant white hat into the frying pan – as long as they’re cooking up recipes involving such Colorado grown products as onions, squash, apples or last month’s pumpkins. But apparently not everyone got the m ... More >>
The town of Olathe's population will swell 1400 percent on Saturday, August 2, when it hosts the annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival. But you don''t have to head to Olathe to enjoy sweet corn -- Colorado annually produces more than 130 million pounds of it, and it's now in local grocery stores and at ... More >>
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