Luke Runyon http://kvnf.org en Working Out The Kinks To Rebrand Colorado As An Agritourism Destination http://kvnf.org/post/working-out-kinks-rebrand-colorado-agritourism-destination <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Carol Zadrozny, owner of Z&#039;s Orchard in Palisade, Colorado has had trouble securing insurance coverage for her agritourism attractions." data-attribution="Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kunc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201406/IMG_2416.JPG" alt="" /><p>Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state.<p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:16:30 +0000 Luke Runyon 29076 at http://kvnf.org Working Out The Kinks To Rebrand Colorado As An Agritourism Destination Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm http://kvnf.org/post/agritourism-growing-opportunity-farm Farms aren't just for food any more. With the <a href="http://www.kunc.org/term/series-local-food-challenge">local food movement growing</a>, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.<p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:15:46 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 29077 at http://kvnf.org Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids http://kvnf.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition-rough-and-tumble-kids <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley Stampede." data-attribution="Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kunc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/photo_4.JPG" alt="" /><p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:22:16 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 28982 at http://kvnf.org Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie http://kvnf.org/post/canada-jonesing-piece-american-hemp-pie <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Canada legalized hemp in 1998 and many companies there are anxiously awaiting cultivation in the U.S. At Centennial Seeds in Colorado, growers have started planting." data-attribution="Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kunc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/051214_Hemp-planting-leaf.jpg" alt="" /><p>The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain <a href="http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/">hemp is growing</a>, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, <a href="http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL32725.pdf">estimated at $500 million per year</a>, runs on foreign hemp.<p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:10:22 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 26886 at http://kvnf.org Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades http://kvnf.org/post/now-appearing-hemp-first-time-decades <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry. " data-attribution="Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kunc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/051214_Hemp-planting-Holmes.jpg" alt="" /><p>A<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/colorado-hemp-growers-begin-historic-planting-season#.U208cPldUrU"> handful of farmers</a> are set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.<p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:39:46 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 26700 at http://kvnf.org Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce http://kvnf.org/post/industrial-hemp-could-take-root-if-legal-seeds-werent-so-scarce The most recent farm bill is allowing a handful of farmers across the country to put hemp, the nonpsychoactive cousin of marijuana, in the ground.<p>The bill allows small-scale experimentation with the plant. But despite the new law, many farmers say they're getting mixed messages from the federal government.<p>Jim Denny is one of more than 100 growers given the nod by the Colorado Department of Agriculture to start planting hemp seeds. On his farm in Brighton, Colo., just outside Denver, Denny is prepping for planting season. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 26615 at http://kvnf.org Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules http://kvnf.org/post/marijuana-laced-treats-leave-colorado-jonesing-food-safety-rules Where there's pot, there's pot brownies. But how do you make sure those high-inducing sweets are safe to eat?<p>Colorado regulators are wrestling with that question now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana. From sodas and truffles to granola bars and butter, food products infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale.<p>The problem? Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 21712 at http://kvnf.org Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry http://kvnf.org/post/colorado-imposes-food-safety-rules-marijuana-industry <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">Colorado made history when it opened up&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kunc.org/post/colorados-mountain-resorts-gear-recreational-marijuana" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">licensed marijuana retail shops this year</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:24:24 +0000 Luke Runyon 21335 at http://kvnf.org Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms http://kvnf.org/post/forget-golf-courses-subdivisions-draw-residents-farms When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.<p>But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.<p>It's called development-supported agriculture, a more intimate version of community-supported agriculture — a farm-share program commonly known as CSA. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:15:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 19922 at http://kvnf.org Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms Forget The Golf Course, Developers Use Farming To Sell Suburban Homes http://kvnf.org/post/forget-golf-course-developers-use-farming-sell-suburban-homes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But make way for the new subdivision amenity: the specialty farm.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement. Farms, complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees, are serving as a way to entice potential buyers to settle in a new subdivision.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:38:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 19748 at http://kvnf.org Forget The Golf Course, Developers Use Farming To Sell Suburban Homes