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Marci Krivonen

A non profit in the Mid-valley is ramping up for growing season. This will be the second year Growing Food Forward uses gardening to help feed the region’s hungry. The organization grows crops for area food pantries, distributes food and seeds to low-income families, and works with schools that have high numbers of kids who use the “free and reduced lunch” program. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Kim Wille, the founder and executive director of the non-profit. She says they manage more than 35 gardens from Aspen to Rifle.

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A book that looks at environmental crises, immigration and social inequality in the Roaring Fork Valley is being taught in college classrooms across the country. The Slums of Aspen was published by New York University Press in 2011. Now instructors of environmental sociology are using it at schools from Los Angeles to Boston. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Men are making more money than women working in the Roaring Fork Valley. But, the differences vary depending on the county. A new report shows a woman earns 80-cents for every dollar a man makes in Colorado. 

In Pitkin County, on average, a man earns $54,000 a year compared to $47,000 for a woman. In Garfield County, the disparity is greater. A man earns $50,000 annually, compared to a woman’s earnings of $37,000.