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 .


Preserve@Home

January/February 2016
Online Course

Preserve@Home provides research-based food preservation education across Colorado and the U.S. Participants learn how to produce high quality preserved foods and the science behind current food preservation techniques and food safety.

Individuals with little or no previous food preservation experience are welcome. Anyone with an interest in food preservation and food safety can enroll in Preserve@Home. Colorado Cottage Food Vendors that are making jams, jellies, pickled products, and drying herbs could benefit from this online training. It would provide you with safe techniques and recipes for the products you make at home and sell to consumers!

Eventbrite Registration & Payment Deadline
January 11, 2016

Course Available Online & Start Date
January 14, 2016

Chats Thursday's 1:00 MST (saved if missed)
January 21 – February 25, 2016

Online access NOT available after
March 10, 2016

For more information and to register, click here.


Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning in Colorado
Get Down to Business with Holistic Management

Registration deadline February 7, 2016
Montrose, CO

This in-depth course is being offered by Holistic Management International (HMI) in Colorado as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series and is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn business skills. Participants will develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans. This workshop series, combined with the Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Series, gives you the entire set of Holistic Management tools to help you create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise.

Our six-day course is taught over approximately 6 weeks in 2-day increments, allowing plenty of time to start applying what you have learned while you’re still enrolled in the course. There will also be time to network with other ranchers and get feedback on your coursework.

Montrose County Fairgrounds, Montrose, CO

Instructor: Cindy Dvergsten, Holistic Management Certified Educator
February 19-20, 2016 – Introduction to Holistic Management Whole/Farm Ranch Planning
March 4-5, 2016– Holistic Financial Planning
March 18-19, 2016 Holistic Marketing and Business Planning
9:00 – 5:00 each day

Key Dates

Deadline for scholarship applications: February 1, 2016
Last day to register online: February 7, 2016

Click here for more information


Western Slope Soil Health Conference

Feb 11-12, 2016
Delta, CO

Attend the premier soil health workshop on the western slope Feb 11-12th in Delta, CO. Discussions will emphasize increasing organic matter through cover crops, green manures, grazing, and other practices that benefit the long term production of your soils. For more information visit www.westerncoloradosoilhealth.com. Click here to view the flyer.


Pricing Your Products

February 16
10:00 am MST

Women in Ag Learning Network Direct Marketing Webinar Series
Session 2

Is it time for a pricing reboot? Do you know whether your prices are making you money or sending you to the poorhouse? When is it okay to sell something below cost? When do you make the tough decision to stop producing something?

In this webinar, UVM Extension's Mary Peabody will guide you through a refresher on the things you need to know to set smart prices. Yes, you probably learned this once or twice, but when is that last time you spent some time really thinking through your pricing strategies?

The founding director of the Women's Agricultural Network, Mary is passionate about working with small-scale farmers and small business owners on issues related to business planning, marketing and feasibility. This webinar is the first of a second of a three-part series focusing on key topics for small and medium-sized farm/food businesses specializing in direct-to-consumer sales.

The series began in January with "Consumer Trends," and continues in March with "Targeting Your Market Dollar." To register for this webinar visit https://learn.extension.org/events/2421

The series is presented by the Women in Agriculture Learning Network, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Women's Agricultural Network and New Farmer Project.


Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) Conference

February 17
Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, CO

Working to improve the sustainable production, marketing and consumption of local foods

The conference has a wide array of breakout sessions which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops. Please join us in improving the sustainable production, marketing and consumption of local food.

The conference is for anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture, including: ranchers, farmers, gardeners, students, and ag professionals. Whether you’re looking to improve or innovate on your existing practices, the forum has myriad resources and networking opportunities.

Major General (Ret.) Gary Dylewski, speaking on behalf of Mission: Readiness will deliver the keynote address “Farmers on the Frontline: Fueling our Forces.” The conference will also feature a review of new Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for produce, Justice Greg Hobbs addressing water issues, grower/buyer networking and other hot topics within the areas of labor, nutrition, business development and production/research. The CFVGA membership will elect new board members and vote on other items of business. Registration and additional information is available at http://cfvga.org.

The CFVGA is comprised of more than 150 members, including growers of all sizes and types of production throughout the state, as well as representatives of allied industries. The Colorado fruit and vegetable growing sector contributes nearly $300 million to Colorado at the farm gate and is multiplied as it goes through the distribution chain. Over 60,000 Colorado acres are in fruit and vegetable production. For more on the CFVGA, visit http://coloradoproduce.org


Conference: Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture

February 18
Renaissance Hotel, Denver, Colorado

Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program, in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University are proud to present the 25th annual Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture. The program and registration are available for this conference focusing on issues influencing the future of agriculture in Colorado.


Conference: New Mexico Organic Farming

February 19 & 20
Marriott Pyramid North, Albuquerque

This is one of our region’s premier organic production gatherings, and addresses many of the challenges of producing on the high plains.

For more information and the conference program visit: http://www.farmtotablenm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2016-Organic-Conference-proof-final2.pdf.


From our Lands to Your Hands

Family Farm Fair!
February 24, 2016
Longmont, Co

Please join us for this family farm fair, open to the public from 5 pm to 8 pm on February 24, 2016 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, CO. Click here for the flyer.


Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Workshop

February 26
Adams County Fairgrounds, Brighton, CO

There will be a Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Workshop hosted by Adams County Extension Staff with training by the CSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Specialist, Thia Walker on Friday, February 26, 2016. The cost: $40 (cash or check) for 1 or all 7 credits. The program will be held at the Adams County Regional Park (Fairgrounds) in the Meeting Room located in the west side of the Extension and Parks Office Building, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO. Time: 8:00 am for Registration with program starting promptly at 9:00 am sharp!

Core Categories that will be offered in the Morning:
9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Laws and Regulations (two credits), Pesticides and Their Families (one credit), Environmental Protection (one credit), Use of Pesticides (one credit) Applicator Safety (one credit), Public Safety (one credit).

Remember that Private pesticide licenses are valid for a 3-year period. During this 3 year period, applicators are required to earn 7 credits to renew their licenses without having to retest. This session meets the 7 credit requirement for private applicators and 7 CORE credits for the commercial pesticide licenses as mandated by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Contact Thaddeus Gourd or Teresa McClure, CSU Extension for Adams County at 303-637-8100 to RSVP as space could be limited, or take a chance and sign up at the door. The cost of the entire program is a flat rate of $40 (cash or check) whether you need one or all 7 credits. This program allows you to get continuing education credits for either the Colorado Private Pesticide and/or Colorado Commercial Pesticide Applicator Licenses.


Greenhouses for the Homeowner and Other Season Extending Tactics

February 27
Brighton, CO

Come join us at Adams County Extension for our series of Spring Gardening classes. You can choose to attend one, two or all four classes. Each class will cost $10 to attend, if you register for all four you pay only $30. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. To register contact: Eric Hammond ehammond@adcogov.org or 303-637-8016 Cassey Anderson cmanderson@adcogov.org or 303-637-8103


February Fermentations

Feb 27th
1-4
Gilpin Community Center.
Black Hawk, CO

Feb 27th 1-4 at the Gilpin Community Center. $5, RSVP required – 303-582-9106. In this class, back by popular demand, we will show you how to make probiotic-rich sauerkraut in your own kitchen, and how to bake a delicious high-altitude-friendly sourdough bread. Both of these fermented foods are considered to be beneficial for digestion. Participants will leave with handouts and a sourdough starter, and will be able to taste sauerkraut and bread samples.


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.


Small Fruits

March 12
Brighton, CO

Come join us at Adams County Extension for our series of Spring Gardening classes. You can choose to attend one, two or all four classes. Each class will cost $10 to attend, if you register for all four you pay only $30. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. To register contact: Eric Hammond ehammond@adcogov.org or 303-637-8016 Cassey Anderson cmanderson@adcogov.org or 303-637-8103


Native Plant Landscaping Conference

March 12
8am – 5pm
The Ranch Events Center / Larimer County Fairgrounds, Thomas M. McKee 4-H, Youth & Community Building

Lots of breakout sessions and virtual garden tours! Details and registration are at http://landscapingwithcoloradonativeplants.org/


Entry-Level Invasive Weed Management Class

March 15
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jefferson County Extension Office
15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, CO 80401

The invasive weed class will be taught by CSU Professor Dr. George Beck. Link to register and more info is: https://npmentrylevelweeds.eventbrite.com


Intermediate-Advanced Invasive Weed Management Class

April 5
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jefferson County Extension Office
15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, CO 80401

The weed management class will be taught by CSU Professor Dr. George Beck. Link to register and more info is: https://npmintermediateweedmgmt.eventbrite.com


APPLE TREE GRAFTING WORKSHOP

April 6
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Extension Center Meeting Room (ECMR)
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden, CO 80401

One of the most fantastic horticultural techniques discovered by man has to be the art of grafting. The ability to attach a piece of one tree to another is nothing short of magic. For centuries now, mankind has been able to perpetuate superior clones of tree fruits by removing a twig or bud from a superior mother plant and attach that twig or bud to a seedling of the same tree species. The result is a replicate of the mother tree growing on the root system of a seedling tree of unknown fruit quality.

If you are interested in learning how to graft woody plants, join a hands-on grafting workshop open to the public on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Extension Center Meeting Room (ECMR), Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue Frontage Road, Golden, CO 80401.

Cost to participate is $25.00 per person, space is limited and reservations are required. This workshop will be repeated Thursday, April 7; Friday, April 8; and Saturday, April 9, 2016. Register at: http://jeffcohort.eventbrite.com

Participants will be producing their own grafted apple tree to take home and plant. Attendees will be able to select from dwarfing rootstock and a variety of apple cultivars.


Vegetable Container Gardening

April 9
Brighton, CO

Come join us at Adams County Extension for our series of Spring Gardening classes. You can choose to attend one, two or all four classes. Each class will cost $10 to attend, if you register for all four you pay only $30. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. To register contact: Eric Hammond ehammond@adcogov.org or 303-637-8016 Cassey Anderson cmanderson@adcogov.org or 303-637-8103


Composting for the Mountains

April 16
Black Hawk, CO

This composting in the mountians class is on April 16 at 1:00 pm – includes worm composting! $5.00, RSVPs appreciated: 303-582-9106. Gilpin Extension Office 230 Norton Drive. Reduce the amount of money you spend at the transfer station and enrich your soil (while not attracting bears).


Vegetable Gardening for the Mountains

May 7
2:00 pm.
Black Hawk, CO

$5. RSVP appreciated, 303-582-9106. Gilpin Extension Office, 230 Norton Drive. Learn what grows best in the mountains, with tips and tricks for wildlife, insects, and more.


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