Farm-to-Table Dinner at Harwigs
Ag Appreciation Week
To preserve agriculture in the Yampa Valley by initiating and supporting programs and policies that benefit and connect producers, consumers, and the community.
The Community Agriculture Alliance is a local, 501c3 nonprofit organization working to promote and support agriculture in the Yampa River Valley since 1999. As the community has changed and grown, CAA remains dedicated to ensuring the vitality and continuity of local agriculture. We believe in celebrating our agricultural heritage, working to support current ag producers, and build for a future where agriculture remains vibrant and a core part of our community.
CAA’s mission has remained the same, but programs continue to adapt and change to meet community needs. Current programs focus in three core areas:
Resilient Local Food System
In 2012, CAA was a part of the original NW Colorado Food Coalition, then adopted Local Food as a program area after a community food assessment clearly identified need. The CAA Market was started in 2014, and now includes a retail store featuring local meat, eggs, seasonal produce, cheese, honey, and a wide range of value-added products from more than 60 local producers (and growing!). We identify opportunities to support the local food system including production, processing, storage, distribution, and sales of local food. We believe in the value of local food and the positive impacts on our local economy, environment, and community at large.
Leadership and Support for Agriculture
Connections to Local Agriculture
Cultivating awareness about agriculture in the Yampa Valley and offering meaningful experiences engages both residents and visitors alike. CAA coordinates Farm and Ranch Tours to bring first hand experiences with area agriculture producers and bring a direct connection to “where your food comes from” with Farm to Table events. With community partners, CAA works to share our heritage, while celebrating current and future agriculture, during National Ag Day, observed locally as Ag Appreciation Week, late March.