Upcoming Small Acreage Events

Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum

January 10, 2015
Montrose, CO

Whether you're looking to improve or innovate on your existing practices, hoping to start an organic orchard, or have an interest in conserving our region’s crop diversity, the Food and Farm Forum has a myriad of resources and networking opportunities. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Montrose Pavilion in Montrose Colorado. It will focus on improving the sustainable production, marketing and consumption of locally grown food products.

The 2015 conference theme is Unlocking the Secrets of Raising Great Food. This will be an opportunity for local food producers, organic farmers, restaurateurs, and related businesses to gather and share information and resources that will contribute to the viability and success of western Colorado agriculture.

The Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum is a collaborative effort between the Valley Food Partnership, CSU Tri-River Area Extension Service, the City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism, the Shavano Conservation District and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center.

Registration opens November 1st. To register and learn more about the Forum, visit the event website: www.foodfarmforum.org

Building Farmers Program

The Building Farmers Program for Denver, Jefferson, and Arapahoe Counties is a farm business incubator program focusing on business plan development for non-profit, for-profit, and indoor farms. Classes begin Tuesday January 20, 2015. Applications are due December 3, 2014. Participants will be notified of acceptance on December 15th. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Denver County Extension Office, and final business plans will be presented to peers and key community partners on Saturday, March 7th.

Program content is taught by local urban producers and will include:

  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Markets and Marketing Principals.
  • Production Planning and Record Keeping.
  • Financial Analysis & Risk Management
  • Contracts, Agreements, Partnerships, and Sources of Capital

Want to learn more?
Come to one of our upcoming Information Nights. If you are interested in attending please RSVP by contacting Danielle DuBois at ddubois@arapahoegov.org (303)738-7977.
Monday, November 17th, 5:30-6:30pm, Arapahoe County Lima Plaza, Arapahoe Room- 6954 Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112
Wednesday, November 19th 5:30-6:30, Denver CSU Extension Office - 888 E Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

More info and applications at http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/arapahoe/agri/agri.shtml

If you have questions contact Danielle DuBois, Program Coordinator at ddubois@arapahoegov.com or 303.738.7977.

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference

February 25, 2015
Denver, CO

The CFVGA will hold its 1st Annual Conference, February 25, 2015 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm at the Renaissance Hotel Conference Center in Denver, Colorado. This will directly precede the Governor’s Ag Outlook Forum at that same venue, to encourage attendance of specialty crop growers at both events.

Details and registration will be available Nov 15 at: www.coloradoproduce.org. Potential sponsors and exhibitors should email info@coloradoproduce.org by Nov 15 for inclusion in print materials.

If you haven’t already, consider joining CFVGA as a producer or affiliate member, and like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CFVGA.

Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training

February 27, 2015
Brighton, CO

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. Topics covered will be: 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).

Contact Thaddeus Gourd or Teresa McClure, CSU Extension for Adams County at 303-637-8100 to RSVP or 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. Workshop will be held at 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!

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