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 .

Food Preservation Classes

September - November 2015
Longmont, Centennial, and Golden locations

Multiple food preservation classes will be offered by CSU Extension. Classes include Jams and Jellies, Cottage Food Safety Training, Fermentation, and Canning. Click here for a list of classes, dates, and locations. http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397

Larimer County Pasture Walk

September 22, 2015
5-7 pm

Stop 1 - Irrigated and dryland pasture utilized for both cattle grazing and hay. Located west of Loveland.
Stop 2 – Irrigated pasture/hay field grazed by cattle. Located West of I-25 at Johnson’s Corner in southeast Loveland.

Participants will see the results of a season-long grass clipping demo simulating different grazing regimes. We will talk about grass and root health, grazing strategies, and owners will explain their grazing practices. There will be time to network and ask questions. We will be outside and walking around pastures. Please bring appropriate shoes, clothing, bug spray, and water. Event presented by CSU Extension and USDA-NRCS. Pasture Walks are free but you must RSVP to get the farm addresses at https://pasture-walk-series.eventbrite.com

Grow Your Own Grains!

September 25, 2015
4 pm - 7 pm
Denver, CO

Did you know that in only 100 square ft., you can grow enough wheat for 20 loaves of bread? Enough corn for over 500 tortillas? Enough quinoa for 30 hefty servings? And you get a ton of compost material! Come learn about the growth habits of these crops (barley, oats, rye, sorghum, millet, and amaranth too!), as well as how to harvest, thresh, winnow and cook these grains that are not often grown within city limits. The instruction and discussion will be followed by interactive demonstrations of transplanting, threshing, and winnowing different grains, and maybe even a special tasting of some delicious grain-based treats!

Class will be held at Sustainability Park, 2500 Lawrence St., Denver, CO. $20 registration fee.
To register, RSVP to eric@producedenver.com
More info at http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Denver-Urban-Homesteaders/events/225214414/

Boulder County Building Farmers Program

Principles of Business Planning and Management
Applications due Sept. 28

The Colorado Building Farmers program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers (0 – 10 yrs exp). The course is a series of 8 evening classes designed to help New Farmers explore farming as a business and provide Intermediate and Experienced Farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills. Please click here to see the program brochure. Applications are downloaded here.

Wildland Fire Mitigation Program

October 15, 2015
9:30 am-12:20 pm
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock, CO

Did you know that many factors can impact fire behavior? Did you know that Fall is a great time to help protect your home, property and our forests from wildfire? We often hear the terms defensible space, wildland fire risk and mitigation techniques thrown around. If you would like to learn more about wildfire mitigation join us for a Free Small Acreage Seminar.

Jill Alexander, Douglas County Wildfire Mitigation Specialist will share information about these topics and many more.

To attend RSVP to Maryjo @ 720.733.6930 or mwoodric@douglas.co.us

Bare Your Soul, Not Your Soil: Soil Conservation Skills Session

October 17, 2015
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Greeley, CO

Topics covered include: Planning and Siting Windbreaks; Reseeding a Pasture or Diturbed Area; Soil Health demo; and a Soil Pit! The class will be at Houston Gardens, 515 23rd Avenue, Greeley, CO. Class fee is $5. register by Oct. 15. For more info call 970-356-8097 Ext. 3 or go to http://soilconservationday.eventbrite.com

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Updated Tuesday, September 22, 2015