Upcoming Small Acreage Events

Native Plant Master® Program

2015 Classes

Make this the year to learn more about Colorado’s beautiful wildflowers, trees and shrubs. Take an exciting new class taught by CSU faculty and other experts or an award-winning Native Plant Master course where you learn about plants in their natural habitats.

For Native Plant Master offerings in locations across Colorado, click here

For classes offered in the Denver, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties, see http://npm.eventbrite.com

Those completing three NPM curriculum courses are awarded a Colorado Flora Certificate with no volunteer requirement. For those interested in educating others by becoming a certified Native Plant Master volunteer, click here .


Boulder County Native Plant Classes

Lots of great upcoming classes on native plants. Click here for more info


Native Plant Master Courses

An abundance of classes this year offered in various locations, check them all out and register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-native-plant-master-program-metro-to-mountain-group-1715901818.


Backyard Food Production Workshops

La Plata Fairgrounds
Durango, CO
Multiple dates

  • July 26: Small Fruits and Berries
  • August 16: Tree Fruit Production and Pruning
  • August 23: Season Extension
  • August 30: Food Preservation
  • September 13: Harvest and Post-harvest Storage

Classes will be held Tuesdays, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, CO. The cost is $130 for all 12 sessions.

For more information and to register go to: www.laplataextension.org; for questions call: (970) 382-6464.


Healthy Pollinators for Healthy Land

July 28
noon
Loveland, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn about pollinators and bees from Beth Conrey, president of Colorado State Association of Bee Keepers. RSVP to info@bigthompson.org or 970-624-7570. Click here for the flyer.


Dairy Goats and Laying Hens

August 2
5 – 7 pm
11100 W. 38th Ave,
Wheat Ridge, CO

Farmer, professor and owner of Five Fridges Farm, Amanda Weaver, will present the basics of how to get started with dairy goats and laying hens. She will discuss livestock care, feed, health considerations, housing, labor, and breeds. Amanda will explain her successes and failures as she grew her farm business. She will also describe her business model and general costs of these livestock operations in an urban environment. Click here to see the flyer.

This workshop is presented by CSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, Jefferson County Conservation District, and Five Fridges Farm. To learn more about Five Fridges Farm check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/5-Fridges-Farm-510200195660888/

The workshop cost is $10 which includes educational material and light refreshments. People will be bringing their own water bottles. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-urban-farm-workshop-series-dairy-goats-and-laying-hens-tickets-26425071099

This workshop will be held outside. Please bring your own water, sunblock, and appropriate shoes to walk around the farm.

Parking is available along any of the surrounding streets.


All About Seeding and Re-Seeding

August 5
noon
Berthoud, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn best practices for seeding your pasture from Jennifer Cook, Small Acreage Coordinator, NRCS/CSU Extension. RSVP to info@bigthompson.org or 970-624-7570. Click here for the flyer.


JCD Noxious Weed Field Days Workshops

August 5
9 am - Noon
Conifer, CO

The Jefferson Conservation District is offering weed workshops on August 5, 17, and 24. Attend as many as you like. Participants will learn about weed management methods and ID, and will have a chance to get hands-on to pull some weeds! Dress fro the outdoors - bring water and gardening gloves if you have them. Meet at 9 am at Conifer Park-n-Ride, 11770 Old US Hwy 285, Conifer, CO. We will carpool to the site from the meeting spot. Please RSVP to jeffersonconservationdistrict@gmail.com


Urban Agritourism

August 9
5 – 7 pm
7000 Garrison St.
Arvada, CO

Beckie and Ken Anderson’s Pioneer Farmsteaders, LLC is a 2 acre agricultural leased farm located at the historic Kennedy Farm Property now owned by the City of Arvada. Majestic View Nature Center is also located on this historic farm and sits adjacent to Pioneer Farmsteaders. Participants will tour and discuss the farm with Beckie and Ken. Click here to see the flyer.

The land is tilled with draft horses in 40 inch-wide beds 120 feet long which adds an historic flair to the good work being done by Pioneer Farmsteaders. Their produce is distributed as a CSA and from the on-site farm stand. Ken and Beckie also provide education classes and demonstrations on gardening topics, honey bees, chickens, draft horses and composting many times per year.

The second half of the workshop will be a presentation by CSU Agricultural Economist, Dawn Thilmany on how to increase profits, exposure and ambiance to a small urban ag venture by incorporating agritourism into your business model. Dawn will discuss agritourism trends, producer issues, producer and traveler data related to agritourism, and how to incorporate agritourism into an urban agriculture business.

The farm is located at 7000 Garrison St. Arvada, CO. Access to the farm is from the South only off 66th Ave. Garrison is not a thru street. Parking is available at the Majestic View Nature Center.

The workshop cost is $10 which includes educational material and light refreshments. People will be bringing their own water bottles. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-urban-farm-workshop-series-urban-agritourism-tickets-26425414125

Please bring your own folding chair, or be prepared to sit on the ground, for Dr. Thilmany’s presentation on Agritourism. This workshop will be held outside. Please bring your own water, sunblock, and appropriate shoes to walk around the farm.

This workshop is presented by CSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, Jefferson County Conservation District, and Pioneer Farmsteaders, LLC. To learn more about Pioneer Farmsteaders visit their website at http://pioneerfarmsteaders.com/


Starting an Urban Farm

August 16
5 - 7 pm
3401 Eudora St
Denver, CO 80207

Come down to the newest Sprout City Farms community farm at the Mental Health Center of Denver's Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being (MHCD) to learn about how this amazing new farm was envisioned, designed and constructed. You will also hear stories about what Sprout City Farms has learned from starting three urban community farms throughout the Denver Metro Area. Click here to see the flyer.

The farm at MHCD is being built this growing season and so it is unique time to come and see how to build a farm from scratch. The tour will touch on farm infrastructure from field to sale. Sprout City Farms will also tell us about how it functions as a thriving non-profit urban farming organization and how this unique partnership between Sprout City Farms and MHCD was formed to realize this new model of urban farming. If you are thinking about starting your own farming educational organization and how to be successful, this tour is not to be missed!

This workshop is presented by a CSU Extension, USDA-NRCS, Jefferson County Conservation District, and Sprout City Farms. To learn more about Sprout City Farms check out their website at: http://sproutcityfarms.org/.

Parking is available on the South side of MHCD's facility.

The workshop cost is $10 which includes educational material and light refreshments. People will be bringing their own water bottles. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-urban-farm-workshop-series-starting-an-urban-farm-tickets-26425561566

This workshop will be held outside. Please bring your own water, sunblock, and appropriate shoes to walk around the farm.


JCD Noxious Weed Field Days Workshops

August 17
9 am - Noon
Conifer, CO

The Jefferson Conservation District is offering weed workshops on August 5, 17, and 24. Attend as many as you like. Participants will learn about weed management methods and ID, and will have a chance to get hands-on to pull some weeds! Dress fro the outdoors - bring water and gardening gloves if you have them. Meet at 9 am at Conifer Park-n-Ride, 11770 Old US Hwy 285, Conifer, CO. We will carpool to the site from the meeting spot. Please RSVP to jeffersonconservationdistrict@gmail.com


JCD Noxious Weed Field Days Workshops

August 24
9 am - Noon
Conifer, CO

The Jefferson Conservation District is offering weed workshops on August 5, 17, and 24. Attend as many as you like. Participants will learn about weed management methods and ID, and will have a chance to get hands-on to pull some weeds! Dress fro the outdoors - bring water and gardening gloves if you have them. Meet at 9 am at Conifer Park-n-Ride, 11770 Old US Hwy 285, Conifer, CO. We will carpool to the site from the meeting spot. Please RSVP to jeffersonconservationdistrict@gmail.com


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Updated Tuesday, July 26, 2016