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Food, Home & Garden
2015 November
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Specialty Crops Program Funds
Grants Awarded for Colorado Specialty Crops
BROOMFIELD, CO: Ten grants totaling over
$730,000 have been awarded through the Colo-
rado Department of Agriculture¡¯s 2015 Specialty
Crops Program. Specialty crops include fruits and
vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture,
and nursery crops (including floriculture). Funds
are received by the Colorado Department of
Agriculture from the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture¡¯s (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program,
which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness
of specialty crops.
¡°Specialty crops are an important part of Colo-
rado¡¯s agricultural economy,¡± said Tom Lipetzky,
Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets
Division Director. ¡°The Specialty Crop Block Grant
Program allows promotion and research focusing
on Colorado¡¯s specialty crops that would not other-
wise be possible.¡±
Fiscal year 2015 funds were recently approved by
the USDA for the following projects:
1.Slow Food Denver, Denver, CO, to establish
Youth Farmers Markets in more schools, and de-
velop a toolkit to provide a step-by-step program
for schools to follow.
2.Colorado Potato Administrative Committee,
Monte Vista, CO, to provide potato varieties with
improved flavor profiles for consumers.
3.Colorado Proud, Broomfield, CO, for promotion
of Colorado specialty crops using the Colorado
Proud logo.
4.Colorado Department of Agriculture, Broomfield,
CO, for development of a Colorado Pavilion at the
Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Expo
in 2016.
5.Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, to
identify which onion biochemicals protect against
breast cancer development.
6.Fort Lewis College, Hesperus, CO, to evaluate
high altitude production of hops varieties and cre-
ate grower alliances to assist with production and
7.Colorado Potato Administrative Committee,
Monte Vista, CO, to reduce irrigation water and
fertilizer use in potato production systems in the
San Luis Valley.
8.Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Associa-
tion, Lakewood, CO, to increase the number of
younger generation gardeners and educate the
general population on how to garden success-
9.Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, to
support small acreage, socially disadvantaged
and beginning specialty crop producers and to
fund a specialty crops coordinator.
10.Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project,
Cortez, CO, to rebuild Montezuma Valley¡¯s
fruit-growing economy through heritage fruit
preservation, identification, propagation, and
To learn more about the Colorado Specialty
Crops Program call 303.869.9173 or visit:
Grand Vin Showcases North
Fork Valley Winemakers
course its maker, Shawn Larson). Other guests
stock up for the holidays and win with bids below
retail value.
New to the event this year is the selling of ¡®Wine
¡°Often our small wineries will sell out of their best
selections before the season is over,¡± says Blue
Sage Executive Director, Annette Pretorius, ¡°This
year will offer ¡®futures¡¯ to attendees so that they
can bid on, and be guaranteed, a lot of next sea-
son¡¯s most popular wines. We¡¯ll see if it works!¡±
Selections such as Stone Cottage Cellars¡¯ Char-
donnay and many of Azura Cellars¡¯ wines consis-
tently sell out.
To further showcase the artisanal bounty of the
North Fork Valley, the event organizers have
teamed up with The Bross Hotel, a historic B&B in
downtown Paonia, and the Flying Fork Restaurant
to offer an overnight package for two that includes
admission to the Grand Vin, dinner at the Flying
Fork and a stay at the Bross Hotel.
The participating
wineries are:
5680¡¯ Vineyards,
Alfred Eames
Cellars & Gallery,
Azura Cellars &
Gallery, Black
Bridge Winery,
Leroux Creek
Vineyards, Mesa
Winds Winery,
North Fork Cellars,
Peony Lane, Stone
Cottage Cellars
and Terror Creek
Winery. The wineries will be joined by North Fork
Cellars which will be serving its variety of hard
¡°The Blue Sage Center for the Arts is a charitable
501(c)(3) organization located in Paonia, CO pro-
viding education and expression in the arts & hu-
manities in order to engage and enrich the North
Fork community. Founded in 1996 the Blue Sage
serves about 10,000 residents of the North Fork
Valley through classes, events, gallery exhibits,
venue rentals and arts outreach into local schools.
Wine tasting and auction event at the Blue
Sage in Paonia features the West Elks AVA
The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia is
proud to announce that the 3rd Annual Grand
Vin Wine Tasting & Auction will take place on
Saturday, November 14 from 3-6p at the Blue
Sage Curtis Hall located at 226 Grand Ave in
Paonia. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at
the door, and can be purchased in person at
the Blue Sage Gallery at 226 Grand Ave., online
at, or over the phone by
calling 970.527.7243. All guests to the event
will receive a free souvenir glass engraved with
the date and name of the event. Admission is
Modeled after the annual wine auction in
Beaune, France for the benefit of the Hospices
de Beaune, this event benefits the West Elks
AVA and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts. At
the event guests will be presented with over
20 different wines and hard ciders to taste and
then after the tasting be given the opportunity
to purchase case lots of the wines and ciders at
live auction. Last year North Fork Cellars¡¯ new
Bourbon Barrel Pommeau was a hit and the au-
dience bid it up far above its retail value to the
amusement of others in the audience (and of