Upcoming Small Acreage Events

Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture Town Hall
Multiple locations and dates across Colorado

Colorado State University and representatives from Colorado’s food and agriculture community invite you to participate in a discussion on the future of our food system in Colorado. We are bringing together stakeholders for a series of town hall discussions across Colorado. Your input will help project leaders build a blueprint of Colorado’s food and agricultural efforts which will outline its strengths, emerging opportunities and challenges, as well as priorities for future investments.

The Colorado agricultural and food system has a variety of stakeholders and identifying common ground is key to their ability to become stronger. These town halls represent a unique opportunity to bring together these diverse stakeholders to help:

  • Formulate a blueprint of key assets and food system linkages, noting how they are influenced by emerging issues
  • Guide priorities and levers we hope partner organizations will use as a guide for future investments, programming, and policies
  • Sustain the state’s standing as a global leader in production and processing while maintaining the culture of quality of life, health and livable communities that makes Colorado unique

If you are a farmer, agricultural researcher, food security advocate, or just passionate about the future of food in Colorado, you are encouraged to attend. For more information, please visit Colorado State University's website.

Spanish translation services are available upon request. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Meeting details for each region:

Region 1: Western Colorado

  • January 21: Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, Montrose Pavilion (this is a breakout session for the Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum, all attendees must be registered with the forum in advance) http://www.foodfarmforum.org/
  • March: Delta County Conservation District/Economic Development location TBD

Region 2: Southwestern Colorado

  • Working to finalize details.

Region 3: South Central Colorado

  • February 6: 2 to 4pm at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds 10165 Co Rd 120, Salida, CO 81201
  • February 7: 10:30am to noon at the Monte Vista Theater

Region 4: Eastern Colorado

  • March 1: 9:30-11:30am at the Pueblo City-County Health Department 101 W 9th St, Pueblo, CO 81003
  • Satellite location Kiowa County Courthouse 1305 N. Goff Street, Eads, CO 91036

Region 5: Southeastern Colorado

Region 6: Northeast Colorado

  • February 13: 9-11am at the Tenant Art Gallery on the ground Floor of the student center on the Northeastern Junior College Campus.

Region 7: Front Range Colorado

  • March 13: 1-3pm and 6-8pm at the SW Weld Services Building 4209 County Rd 24 1/2, Longmont, CO 80504

Region 8: Northwest Colorado

  • February 14: 2-4pm at the Steamboat Springs Community Center 1605 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO

Region 9: Metro Denver

  • February 13: 2-4pm at the Douglas County Fairgrounds 500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock, CO 80104

For more information please contact:

Colorado State University Local & Regional Food Systems website:
Libby Christensen
Becca Jablonski

Urban Farm Production Course Register Soon! Space is limited!

Every fourth Tuesday March - September
Pioneer Farmsteaders, Arvada, CO
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Colorado State University Extension is offering the Urban Farm Production Course for aspiring farmers who would like to learn essential production skills. Join us as we cover key components that farmers must know to have a successful growing season. From planning to harvesting, you will gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience that will help you on your own production farm. Each session starts with instruction from an expert in the field. Then participants will actively apply what they learned as they engage in on farm activities with our host site, Pioneer Farmsteaders. Make sure you sign up for this in-depth course today!

Course Schedule:
March 28th - Production Planning and Seed Starting
April 25th - Soil Management
May 23rd - Transplanting, Sowing and Bed Layout
June 27th - Irrigation
July 25th - Weed and Pest Management
Aug 22nd - Harvesting and Food Safety
Sept 26th - Season Extension

Cost $250—covers full course

Register Now! Space is limited - http://bit.ly/2ikFeJv

Native Plant Master® Program

2017 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.

Seedling Tree Planting Workshop

Mar 1
10 am - Noon
4302 West 9th Street Road
Greeley, CO

West Greeley Conservation District is partnering with Colorado State Forest Service and hosting 3 different workshop sessions on how to properly plant trees, design windbreaks and pick out the proper tree species! Workshop is free but please RSVP to Liz at 970-356-8097 ext. 142

Seedling Tree Planting Workshop

Mar 1
6 pm - 8 pm
4302 West 9th Street Road
Greeley, CO

West Greeley Conservation District is partnering with Colorado State Forest Service and hosting 3 different workshop sessions on how to properly plant trees, design windbreaks and pick out the proper tree species! Workshop is free but please RSVP to Liz at 970-356-8097 ext. 142

Chickens in Your Mountain Yard

Mar 8
6:30 p.m.
Exhibit Barn
230 Norton Drive
Black Hawk, CO

(Cost: $5, please RSVP to 303-582-9106). Curtis Utley, a chicken expert from Jeffco will speak on the basics of raising chickens, and then we will have a small panel of people who have chickens up here to discuss predator-proofing and other mountain issues.

The Soil Revolution: It’s More Than Just Dirt!

Mar 9
Plaza Conference Center
Longmont, CO

Soil Health is at the heart of agriculture no matter what you grow or raise.

Inviting Farmers and Ranchers of all scales and production systems. Featured speakers include Rudy Garcia, State Agronomist for New Mexico NRCS, and Meaghan Schipanski, Assist. Prof in the Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, CSU and an extensive farmer panel with producers who have put soil health practices to work on their operations.

Content includes soil health demonstrations, presentations from scientists and farmers, and networking with participants and exhibitors. Register at http://boulder.extension.colostate.edu/agriculture/2017-soil-health-conference/

Click here for the flyer.

Natives for the Landscape Webinar

Mar 16
Noon to 1:00 pm

Would you like to use Colorado native plants in a landscape? From the comfort of your computer or phone, learn about using natives in your garden for sun, shade, clay, fall color, fragrance and more in this one hour webinar. This one-hour webinar will be taught by CSU Extension native plant expert and popular presenter, Dr. Irene Shonle.

Register here:  WEBINAR - Native Plants For Every Landscape Situation– Thurs., March 16, 12 noon to 1 PM

For a complete list of classes, see http://npm.eventbrite.com. Learn more at www.COnativeplantmaster.org or call 303-271-6621. For information on 1,000+ Colorado plants, see http://coloradoplants.jeffco.us. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. 

Why use natives? You can increase the sustainability of your garden, save money from less watering, attract native pollinators and enjoy a bounty of Colorado’s native wildflowers, shrubs and trees.

Small Acreage Workshop

Mar 18
8 am - 4 pm
The Ranch
4-H McKee Building
Loveland, CO

Choose from multiple sessions all day! Topics include Colorado Water Law, Pasture Seeding, Soil Health, Weed Management, Attracting Pollinators, Pasture Management, Tree Care and Planting, and Sprayer Calibration. Register soon! Only 100 seats available! $35/person, or $50/couple, includes lunch, snacks, and handouts. Registration and more information at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4fabab2baafc1-small

Pesticide Applicator Workshop

Mar 25
8 am to Noon
American Legion
Byers, CO

This workshop will provide the 7 required core credits for pesticide applicator license recertification. Topics include laws and regulations, applicator safety, environmental protection, public safety, use of pesticides, and pesticides and their families. $40 per person. RSVP to 303-822-5257 ext 101.

NSC In Horses and the Role of Forages - Webinar

Apr 4
Noon to 1:00 pm

Non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) are becoming increasingly important in equine nutrition. This webinar will discuss why NSC’s are important, what the major sources are, and how we can control intake. This webinar will be presented by Emily Glunk, Extension Forage Specialist and Assistant Professor, Montana State University.

To participate in this free webinar, you do not need to pre-register.

Confirm that your computer has the capabilities to connect to the webinar server. Visit the following URL for an automatic diagnostic test: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you have questions about the technology, please contact Ruth directly at 970-491-6988 or ruth.willson@colostate.edu


Five minutes before the webinar begins, click on the following link: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/colosam/

The link takes you to the Login page. Simply click on the “Enter as a guest” heading.

You will be prompted to type your name. Enter your name and click “Ok” to enter the small acreage webinar.

The audio will be over the Internet so be sure that your speakers are on and working.

Questions during the webinar can be typed in the chat window.

This webinar is presented by Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. It will be recorded and available on the CSU Small Acreage Management website at http://www.ext.colostate.edu/sam

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Updated Friday, February 17, 2017