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 .


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.


Bringing Your Food Product to Market Food Safety Training for CO Cottage Food Producers

April 21, 2015
5:30-8:30
Denver Urban Gardens
1031 33rd Street
Denver, CO 80205
Cost: $30

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 in Colorado's Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude

REGISTER HERE!

For more information, please contact CSU Denver Extension 720-913-5275


Weeds 101

April 29, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Montrose County Fairgrounds
1001 N 2nd St., Montrose, CO
970-361-8262

The Colorado Weed Management Association, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado State Land Board, Montrose, Garfield, Adams and Fremont Counties present a 1-day workshop on noxious and invasive weeds for those with limited experience. Dr. George Beck, CSU, will present.

Topics Will Include:

  • Characteristics and ecology of invasive weeds
  • Colorado’s noxious weed law
  • ID of A-list species
  • ID of local B-list species
  • Herbicides used for control
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Ecologically-based weed management using local examples

Workshop is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CEC’s pending. $50.00 registration cost, lunch provided.
Click here to register
State Land Board Lessee’s can attend at no charge. Please call 970-522-0975 for required promo code to register.


Weeds 101

April 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Glenwood Springs Community Center
100 Wuhlfson Rd.
Glenwood Springs, CO

Lunch will be provided
970-361-8262
970-521-7655

The Colorado Weed Management Association, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado State Land Board, Montrose, Garfield, Adams and Fremont Counties present a 1-day workshop on noxious and invasive weeds for those with limited experience. Dr. George Beck, CSU, will present.

Topics Will Include:

  • Characteristics and ecology of invasive weeds
  • Colorado’s noxious weed law
  • ID of A-list species
  • ID of local B-list species
  • Herbicides used for control
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Ecologically-based weed management using local examples

Workshop is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CEC’s pending. $50.00 registration cost, lunch provided.
Click here to register
State Land Board Lessee’s can attend at no charge. Please call 970-522-0975 for required promo code to register.


Pasture, Weed, and Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop

April 30, 2015
Aurora, CO

Arapahoe County's Colorado State University (CSU) Extension program is holding a Rural Pasture and Weed Management and Water-Wise Landscaping seminar on April 30th. The topics to be covered at this seminar will be related to weed identification and management, pasture restoration and water-wise landscaping for rural properties. The seminar begins at 6:15 p.m. and will be at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E Quincy Ave Aurora, CO 80016

In this seminar Jennifer Cook, Small Acreage Management Coordinator NRCS/CSU Extension, will teach participants to identify common weeds in the area and how best to control them. Successful control options are based on the life cycle of a particular weed. For each weed, we will review control options and the best time to do each. Control options include pulling, mowing, biocontrol, as well as chemical treatment. We will also discuss poisonous plants such as locoweed.

Jonathan Vrabec, CSU Extension Agriculture Agent for Arapahoe County, will cover managing and restoring pasture in Colorado. This can be very challenging and if done improperly can greatly damage the land you live on. This damage can occur in a matter of weeks but can take years to restore, meanwhile it affects your property value, your neighbors and your peace of mind. Here is a chance to learn some practical strategies for managing and restoring your pasture.

Robert Cox, CSU Extension Horticulture Agent for Arapahoe County we’ll discuss choices for lower-maintenance lawns, trees for shade and trees for windbreaks/shelterbelts, using the Principles of Water-Wise landscaping.

Cost for registration is $20 and includes a light dinner. Registrations will be taken, post marked up to Thursday April 23rd. Call 303-730-1920 to register or visit http://www.extension.colostate.edu/arapahoe/agri/agri.shtml and click the link for the program flyer/registration form to mail it in.


Food Safety Webinar for Backyard Gardeners focusing on Spring Planting and the Front Yard Farm Stand Movement (Part 1 of 2)

April 30, 2015
6 -7:30 pm MT

A free webinar featuring food safety, washing produce, backyard veggies, and preparing to open a Front Yard Farm Stand. This webinar is being produced by Marissa Bunning, Martha Sullins and Katherine Vega from CSU. Five minutes before the webinar begins, click on the link and enter your name under guest http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/colofood


Wildfire Mitigation and Prep Workshop

May 2, 2015
Castle Rock, CO

As certain as the springtime, wildfire season has returned to Colorado, and with it, Douglas County wants its citizens and taxpayers to be prepared.

A free workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. May 2 at the Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, will provide information to citizens regarding wildfire hazard reduction techniques, community wildfire mitigation and preparedness efforts, evacuation planning and insurance needs.

“Because our citizens live in and around the interface of the Pike National Forest, as well as within wooded areas and adjacent to grasslands, it is important that individuals know what can be done to reduce their risk during a wildfire,” said Commissioner David Weaver.

The event, held in accordance with National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, is sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Forest Service and the Douglas County Wildfire Mitigation team and will feature a panel presentation. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to jalexand@douglas.co.us no later than April 24.

For more information, please visit the County’s wildfire preparedness page where you can sign up for Code Red, view the County’s Disaster Preparedness Guide and more.


Private Pesticide Applicators workshop

May 4th
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Natural Resources Building
Boulder County Fairgrounds
9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont

Cost: $40 per person Cash or checks only
Pre-registration required due to limited seating
Contact Sharon Bokan, 303-678-6176, sbokan@bouldercounty.org or Nancy McIntyre, 303-776-4034 X3, nmcintyre@bouldercounty.org


Weeds 101

May 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adams County Fairgrounds
9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton, CO

Lunch will be provided
970-361-8262
970-521-7655

The Colorado Weed Management Association, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado State Land Board, Montrose, Garfield, Adams and Fremont Counties present a 1-day workshop on noxious and invasive weeds for those with limited experience. Dr. George Beck, CSU, will present.

Topics Will Include:

  • Characteristics and ecology of invasive weeds
  • Colorado’s noxious weed law
  • ID of A-list species
  • ID of local B-list species
  • Herbicides used for control
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Ecologically-based weed management using local examples

Workshop is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CEC’s pending. $50.00 registration cost, lunch provided.
Click here to register
State Land Board Lessee’s can attend at no charge. Please call 970-522-0975 for required promo code to register.


Weeds 101

May 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fremont County
201 N. 6th St., Canon City, CO
970-361-8262
970-521-7655

The Colorado Weed Management Association, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado State Land Board, Montrose, Garfield, Adams and Fremont Counties present a 1-day workshop on noxious and invasive weeds for those with limited experience. Dr. George Beck, CSU, will present.

Topics Will Include:

  • Characteristics and ecology of invasive weeds
  • Colorado’s noxious weed law
  • ID of A-list species
  • ID of local B-list species
  • Herbicides used for control
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Ecologically-based weed management using local examples

Workshop is 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CEC’s pending. $50.00 registration cost, lunch provided.
Click here to register
State Land Board Lessee’s can attend at no charge. Please call 970-522-0975 for required promo code to register.


Equine Biosecurity: What can you do? Webinar

Equine Biosecurity: What can you do? Webinar
May 7, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm MT

Part of the joy of horse ownership is the ability for the horse owner to participate with their equine partner in various events and activities. However, with the increased threat of infectious diseases, horse owners find themselves asking “is it worth the risk?” Biosecurity refers to the steps horse owners, equine event management and/or equine facility management can take to reduce the chances of an infectious disease spreading to their animals or facilities. There are steps or “best practices” that those involved in the equine industry can apply when attending equine events, visiting equine facilities, and introducing new horses. Further, those organizing events should take steps to minimize the chances of having an outbreak. Unfortunately, most people think about these things when it is too late (after an outbreak). Biosecurity measures should be in place and practiced consistently. The old adage applies, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” when it comes to biosecurity. This webinar will cover some “best practices” horse owners and others involved in the equine industry can follow to help minimize their risks and maximize their equine enjoyment! Presented by Jonathan Vrabec, Arapahoe County Extension.

A webinar is an online seminar that can be accessed via any computer with interness access. Click here to register.


Small Acreage Workshop – Grow food and livestock on your small acreage!

May 16, 2015
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Ranch, Loveland, CO

The keynote address will be given on soils by Dr. Gene Kelly, Department Head and Professor at CSU. Presentations will cover weed and pasture management, finishing beef cattle on a small acreage, backyard chickens, small fruit production in Colorado, when to call a veterinarian, using cover crops, and food safety for backyard production. Participants can choose the sessions they would like to attend to match their specific interests and needs. The cost to attend the all-day event is $25 per person or $40 per couple, which includes refreshments. Lunch is on your own. To see a list of topics and to register go to: https://small-acreage-workshop.eventbrite.com


Urban Farm Tour and Workshop

June 6, 2015
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Greenwood Village, CO

Join us for an educational workshop and tour on two urban farms in Greenwood Village, CO. Learn about urban vegetable and fruit production, water conservation, and small acreage pasture management on a llama farm. In addition, an on-site soil pit will be a unique opportunity to dig deeper (literally) into the topics of soils and soil health. Lunch is provided. To learn more and register visit http://www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/soil-program.html. Presented by CSU Extension.


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Updated Friday, April 17, 2015