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 .


Cottage Food Safety Training

January 23, 2015
1 - 4 p.m.
Littleton Conference Rooms B & C
Centre Point Plaza
Aurora, CO

This training covers specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen.

You will learn:

  • Basic food safety- including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible under Colorado’s Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special consideration for food preparation at altitude

More 2015 training dates will be available in Longmont and Golden. Cost is $30 and registration is required through Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397. For more information, please contact: Anne Zander, Boulder County Extension (303) 678-6228 or azander@bouldercounty.org.


Spring Gardening Symposium

January 24, 2015
Golden, CO

Jefferson County Master Gardeners present the 2015 Spring Gardening Symposium this Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. A full day of vegetable gardening excitement for beginning and intermediate gardeners. Click here to view the agenda. To register click here


Annual Ag Day Workshop

January 28, 2015
9 am-2 pm
New Castle, CO

Agenda includes presentations on Hydropower, CoAgMet, Websites for Ranchers, Colorado Water Plan, and Wildlife Damage and Predator Management. The day will begin at 9 am in the New Castle Community Center. Preregistration is required by Jan 26. Call 945-5494 ext. 105. Presented by Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts.


Boulder County Small Acreage Volunteers

We will once again be offering training for both the Small Acreage Management (SAM) and Wildlife Master (WM) Volunteer programs. The SAM volunteers will be trained to assist the public with questions concerning weeds, pasture management and plant identification. Training will be Mondays in March at the Fairgrounds in Longmont. Application deadline is February 13, 2015.

The WM volunteers will be trained to help the public resolve conflicts with wildlife (skunk under the deck, squirrel in the attic for example). Application deadline is March 21, 2015 with training held April 17, 24 and May 1, 2015. Applications, cost, training times and job descriptions can be found at http://www.extension.colostate.edu/boulder/acreage.shtml

Contact Sharon Bokan for more information at CSU Extension, Boulder County (303) 678-6176 sbokan@bouldercounty.org


AgrAbility Workshop for disabled Farmers & Ranchers

February 2, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Aurora, CO

The Colorado State University Extension in Arapahoe County is hosting a free Colorado AgrAbility Project workshop for disabled farmers and ranchers.

When: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora.

The workshop will focus on adaptations to farm and ranch equipment and work activities to assist those in the agricultural profession who face physical challenges, such as visual or hearing impairments, back or joint problems, arthritis, amputations or long-term illnesses.

The Colorado AgrAbility Project provides on-site evaluations, resource information, disability workshops, equipment modification and assistive technology. Attendees will learn about the Colorado AgrAbility Project’s free services and consultations for farm/ranch families.

The workshop also is open to health care, physical therapy and vocational rehabilitation providers who serve disabled farmers and ranchers.

Lunch will be provided at noon to all attendees who pre-register by Jan. 26.

To attend, please contact:
Dr. Bob Fetsch at 970-491-5648, Robert.fetsch@colostate.edu.
Or Jonathan Vrabec at 303-730-1920, jvrabec@arapahoegov.com


Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium & Trade Show

February 5, 2015
8 am – 4 pm
Rocky Ford, CO

Presentations include weather outlook, pond seepage study, risk management, USDA updates, farming for the future, grass growth and grazing, and legislative outlook. Cost of registration is $20.00 in advance if paid no later than Friday, January 30th, 2015, after that it will be $25.00. The conference will be held at the William L. Gobin Community Building in Rocky Ford, CO. Click here for the brochure.


Cottage Food Safety Training

February 13, 2015
Noon - 3:00 pm
Longmont, CO

This training covers specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen.

You will learn:

  • Basic food safety- including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible under Colorado’s Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special consideration for food preparation at altitude

Cost is $30 and registration is required through Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397. For more information, please contact: Anne Zander, Boulder County Extension (303) 678-6228 or azander@bouldercounty.org.


Farmers Market, Local food Promotion and USDA grant Writing Workshop

Greeley
Friday, February 20th
9:30-2:30 pm Light lunch served
Greeley Recreation Center, Room 101C

Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project
Multiple Locations in CO

Any interested farmers, food producers, food and farming organization members, or broader community members interested in applying for a variety of food system grants should attend one of the workshops.

All workshops are free to attend; details are below.

Northern Colorado Food Cluster Partners will be invited to participate in discussion about their potential for a regional Community Food Projects proposal.

Please RSVP here https://docs.google.com/forms/
d/1hZLz1K8SZQAk1OP3I5laPH82U62tKIbvEvQY3wg_pBA/
viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=send_form
by February 16th.


Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference

Sat, Feb 21
9 am – 4:30 pm
At Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, a working farm at C-470 & Wadsworth

Join the Denver Botanic Gardens, National Young Farmers Coalition, and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for their second annual conference focused on small-scale, sustainable agriculture and new farmers. This one-day conference will feature instructional workshops from regional experts, plus time to share and connect over a locally sourced lunch and post-conference social hour. Topics include land access and financing, crop rotation and food safety, co-op development, animal production, policy advocacy, and more. Questions? Kacie.warner@botanicgardens.org

Click here to register.


Introduction to Cold Frames

February 21, 2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Brighton, CO

Adams County Spring Vegetable Gardening Classes - All talks will be held in the meeting room at the Adams County Parks and Extension Building on the Adams County Fair Grounds (9755 Henderson Rd. Brighton). Classes are $10 per session or $30 for all four. Scholarships are available. Click here for more info.


Small Acreage Workshop

Glenwood Springs Community Center

Agenda available at www.mountsopriscd.org or call the district office at 970-945-5494 ext 105


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.


Native Grass Workshop

February 26, 2015
6-9 pm
Brighton, CO

Why native grass? Because they are used to our extended dry spells during the dog days of Colorado summer and easily survive our erratic and sometimes bitterly cold winters. Attend out grass workshop to find out more. Experts from NRCS, CSU Extension, and Pawnee Buttes Seed will present usable information and answer your questions on growing native grasses. Workshop location - Great Rock Fire Station, 15229 Great Rock Rd, Brighton, CO. The workshop is free but please RSVP to westadamscd@gmail.com


Farmers Market, Local food Promotion and USDA grant Writing Workshop

Denver Metro Area-A Partnership between Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.
Friday, February 27th
12:30-4:30 pm
Light snacks
Jefferson County CSU Extension Office
15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, CO 80401

Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project Multiple Locations in CO

Any interested farmers, food producers, food and farming organization members, or broader community members interested in applying for a variety of food system grants should attend one of the workshops.

All workshops are free to attend; details are below.

Please RSVP to Danielle at: DDuBois@arapahoegov.com

This is also a 2nd year program for Colorado Building Farmer graduates.


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!


Tree Workshop

March 5, 2015
6-9 pm
Brighton, CO

Dust blowing, weeds growing, but not the trees? Does your land need help? Join the West Adams Conservation District, NRCS, and CSU Extension to get the help you need. The workshop is designed for small acreage landowners and will present usable information and answer your questions on planting trees. Topics include: choosing the correct trees for your land, best placement and plant usages, how to transplant and care for trees, and resources for tree and soil health problems. Workshop location - Great Rock Fire Station, 15229 Great Rock Rd, Brighton, CO. The workshop is free but please RSVP to westadamscd@gmail.com


Farmers Market, Local food Promotion and USDA grant Writing Workshop

Durango
Saturday, March 14th
12-4 pm
Light lunch served
La Plata County Fairgrounds, Pine Room
2500 Main Ave.
Durango, CO 81301

Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project
Multiple Locations in CO

Any interested farmers, food producers, food and farming organization members, or broader community members interested in applying for a variety of food system grants should attend one of the workshops.

All workshops are free to attend; details are below.

Please RSVP to Darrin at: Darrin.Parmenter@co.laplata.co.us

This is also a 2nd year program for Fort Lewis Incubator and Colorado Building Farmer graduates.


Farmers Market, Local food Promotion and USDA grant Writing Workshop

Montrose
Monday, March 16th
4-8 pm
Light dinner served
DMEA Community Room,
11925 6300 Road, Montrose, CO

Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project
Multiple Locations in CO.

Any interested farmers, food producers, food and farming organization members, or broader community members interested in applying for a variety of food system grants should attend one of the workshops.

All workshops are free to attend; details are below.

Please RSVP to valleyfoodpartners@gmail.com to assure we have enough space.

Dawn Thilmany, Becca Jablonski and Martha Sullins, CSU Extension, will share their experiences and insights on a wide range of funding programs and will provide a presentation and direct technical assistance to help you get started! Please contact Dawn Thilmany at CSU if you have questions (dawn.thilmany@colostate.edu).


Cottage Food Safety Training

March 17, 2015
9 am - Noon
Golden, CO

This training covers specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen.

You will learn:

  • Basic food safety- including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
  • Foods permissible under Colorado’s Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special consideration for food preparation at altitude

Cost is $30 and registration is required through Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397. For more information, please contact: Anne Zander, Boulder County Extension (303) 678-6228 or azander@bouldercounty.org.


Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

March 21, 2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Brighton, CO

Adams County Spring Vegetable Gardening Classes - All talks will be held in the meeting room at the Adams County Parks and Extension Building on the Adams County Fair Grounds (9755 Henderson Rd. Brighton). Classes are $10 per session or $30 for all four. Scholarships are available. Click here for more info.


Boulder County Small Acreage Volunteers

We will once again be offering training for both the Wildlife Master (WM) Volunteer program.

The WM volunteers will be trained to help the public resolve conflicts with wildlife (skunk under the deck, squirrel in the attic for example). Application deadline is March 21, 2015 with training held April 17, 24 and May 1, 2015. Applications, cost, training times and job descriptions can be found at http://www.extension.colostate.edu/boulder/acreage.shtml

Contact Sharon Bokan for more information at CSU Extension, Boulder County (303) 678-6176 sbokan@bouldercounty.org


Small Fruits

April 2, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brighton, CO

Adams County Spring Vegetable Gardening Classes - All talks will be held in the meeting room at the Adams County Parks and Extension Building on the Adams County Fair Grounds (9755 Henderson Rd. Brighton). Classes are $10 per session or $30 for all four. Scholarships are available. Click here for more info.


Container Vegetable Gardening

April 18, 2015
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Brighton, CO

Adams County Spring Vegetable Gardening Classes - All talks will be held in the meeting room at the Adams County Parks and Extension Building on the Adams County Fair Grounds (9755 Henderson Rd. Brighton). Classes are $10 per session or $30 for all four. Scholarships are available. Click here for more info.


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Updated Thursday, January 22, 2015