Upcoming Small Acreage Events

Native Plant Master® Program
Colorado

The Native Plant Master® Program has announced a newly expanded 2012 schedule of offerings. Explore a new park by taking an award-winning Native Plant Master® course. Sample one of the exciting new classes taught by CSU faculty and other experts. Topics include native plant landscaping, poisonous plants, native lawns, invasive weeds, grasses, orchids and more, alpine/subalpine plants and ecological restoration. Most of these popular offerings have a waiting list each year, so register early to ensure you get the class you want.

The Native Plant Master® Program is offered in many locations throughout Colorado. For more information and to register, please visit www.conativeplantmaster.org


Colorado Master Steward Program

Wednesdays: April 23 – June 18, 2014
6 pm to 8:30 pm
First National Bank of Cortez Community Room

Have you thought about taking a look at the whole farm approach to managing your farm or ranch? This program will introduce the tools and skills you need to become more productive and to protect our quality of life.

  • Incorporate your property goals into a long range plan
  • Prioritize what to do first to improve your property
  • Learn about the soils you have on your land
  • Irrigate for better crop production and water conservation
  • Prevent noxious weed infestations and much more

This a an interactive course that includes 9 weekly meetings, a visit to your farm by a conservation planner, a soils test from your property, and two field trips to other farms in the area.

For more info and to register visit our website: "http://www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/ms/


Boulder County Farm Tour

April 26, 2014
8:30 am – 3 pm MT

Participants will ride in vans to tour multiple farm locations:

  • Soil pit will allow participants to see deep layers of soil below the ground as NRCS soil scientist, Andy Steinert, leads a talk about soils
  • Multispecies pasture grazing system with chickens and cattle
  • Established windbreak and talk about tree planting
  • Grass seeding demonstration and seeding discussion

Lunch is included. Meet at Boulder County Extension Building in Longmont Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501. To register and for more information click here. Contact Sharon Bokan with questions at sbokan@bouldercounty.org 303-678-6238


Gardening 101

Houston Gardens, 515 23rd Ave. Greeley, CO 80634
April 26, 2014
2pm

West Greeley Conservation District is hosting a free gardening workshop at Houston Gardens. Presented by Bryant Mason, The Urban Farm Company of Colorado. Step-by-step description of how to start an easy and productive raised bed vegetable garden. Topics covered will include: soil development, how to build raised beds, planting timing, fertilizing, weeding, watering, harvesting, recommended crops, and other topics related to beginning a garden. Bryant Mason is the founder of The Urban Farm Company of Colorado, whose mission is to make it simple to grow your own fresh healthy food right in your backyard.

Growing in a raised bed can help bring the garden up to your level. Find out the best techniques to have a healthy and sustainable garden in a raised bed, including the best materials to use, how to keep your soil healthy, and how to water correctly.

RSVP by April 21, 2014
970-356-8097x3 , pam.wright@wgcd.org


Douglas County Farm Tour

May 3, 2014
8:30 am – 3 pm MT

Participants will ride in vans to tour multiple farm locations:

  • Soil pit will allow participants to see deep layers of soil below the ground as NRCS soil scientist, Andy Steinert, leads a talk about soils
  • Rotational grazing system
  • Established windbreak and talk about tree planting
  • Grass seeding demonstration and seeding discussion

Lunch is included. Meeting location TBD. To register and for more information click here. Contact Joe Julian at jjulian@douglas.co.us 720-733-6951 or Pam Brewster pam.brewster@co.nacdnet.net 303-688-3042 ext.100


Maximizing Irrigated Pasture Productivity Webinar

May 8, 2014
12:00-1:00 pm MT

The webinar will be presented by Steve Fransen, WSU Forage and Extension Agronomist. Steve will be highlighting the following topics in the webinar:

  1. Growth, development and defoliation of pasture grasses and legumes
  2. Irrigation management of pastures
  3. Fertilization and establishment of pasture species under irrigation

Click here to register for this free webinar

Webinar made possible by Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. Contact jennifer.cook@colostate.edu or 303-659-7004 ext. 3 with questions

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Delta County Farm Tour

May 17, 2014
8:30 am – 3 pm MT

Tour of grass seeding demonstration project at Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss:

  • Grass seeding demonstration and discussion on grass seeding for both dryland and irrigated systems
  • Look at on-site irrigation system, learn proper irrigation techniques
  • Observe and discuss how permanent vegetative cover improves soils and reduces soil losses
  • Discuss pasture management techniques

Lunch is included. Meet at Delta County Fairgrounds, 403 S. 4th Street, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. To register and for more information click here. Contact John Rizza with questions at john.rizza@colostate.edu 970-243-5068 ext.128


Maximizing Irrigated Pasture Productivity

May 17, 2014
8:30 am - 4 pm
Berthoud, CO

Workshop and field tour will focus on providing you the management tools needed to transform pastures and improve forage quality and quantity. Principles are also applicable for dryland situations. Topics include growth, development, and defoliation responses of forage; irrigation and water requirements to maximize production; fertility requirements using heat days, field demos; and quiz the experts. Event starts at Berthoud Community Center. Click here to view the flyer for more details.


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Updated Tuesday, April 15, 2014