Be prepared, assemble a car kit

Preparedness is everyone’s job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society — service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen — should plan ahead for disaster.

During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.

One of the most overlooked preparedness kits is the car kit.

You should have a car kit for each vehicle in your household. You should also try to maintain at least half a tank of gas in the vehicle during winter weather events.

Suggested items for the car kit include: a first-aid kit and manual, fire extinguisher, radio and batteries, non-perishable food stored in a coffee can or other container, bottled water, bag of sand or kitty litter, deicer or salt, shovel and other tools, blankets or sleeping bags, a sundry kit that includes paper and pencil, map, tissues, moist towelettes, plastic bags and essential medications, flashlights and batteries, reflectors or flares, tire repair kit, waterproof matches and candles, jumper cables, tow rope and a short rubber hose for siphoning.

Be sure to keep copies of important documents that concern your automobile in your glove box.

For more information on being prepared, log on to the Archuleta County Extension Web site at www.archuleta.colostate.edu.

Publication promotes local producers

People worldwide are rediscovering the benefits of buying local food. It is fresher than anything in the supermarket and that means it is tastier and more nutritious. It is also good for your local economy — buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business.

To accommodate this increased consumer awareness in buying local, Colorado growers can market their products to consumers statewide through the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory. The 25th Anniversary edition of the directory will be published in May 2009. This directory continues to grow every year, and the Colorado Department of Agriculture is working to help promote products and businesses like farmer’s markets, roadside stands, u-picks, CSAs, agritourism activities and farms that sell direct to the public. This is a great marketing product for small businesses that sell commodities such as fruits, vegetables, cheeses, Christmas trees, eggs, baked goods, meats and much more. Approximately 90,000 copies of the directory will be distributed to welcome centers, visitor centers, chambers of commerce, libraries and other businesses across Colorado.

New this year

In addition to being listed in the printed version of the Farm Fresh Directory, producers will also be included in the new interactive online directory — Colorado Market Maker — which connects food producers, distributors, buyers, and sellers to their specific consumer markets. More information about this exciting marketing tool will be available soon at www.coloradoagriculture.com. Farm Fresh is the “go-to” guide for consumers and the media to find roadside stands, farmers’ markets, agritourism activities and farms that sell direct to the public.

The listing fee is $25 and the deadline is Feb.1. For more information or to receive a listing form, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Mandatory livestock meeting

4-H members, if you are planning to take a livestock project this year, you must attend the mandatory livestock meeting Monday, February 2 at 6 p.m. The meeting will last approximately 1.5 hours and parents are encouraged to attend with their child — contact Sandy with questions at 264-5931.

Jan. 15 — Dog obedience project meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 15 — Dog agility project meeting, 7 p.m.

Jan. 16 — Colorado Mountaineers Club meeting, 2:15 p.m.

Jan. 19 — Office closed.

Jan. 19 — San Juan Backcountry Horsemen, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 20 — 4-H council meeting, 6 p.m.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.