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 .


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.


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!


Noxious Weed Meeting

March 4, 2015
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Silt, CO

Presented by Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts. Meeting will be held at the Silt Fire Station. RSVP at 945-5494 ext. 105


Exploring Herbicides used to Manage Invasive Weeds

March 5, 2015
9 am – 4 pm
Golden, CO

The Native Plant Master® Program – Metro to Mountain Group – is hosting Dr. Beck to teach “Exploring Herbicides used to Manage Invasive Weeds” on March 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This class will offer information on understanding herbicides as a means to help manage invasive weeds. This class would be most beneficial for weed managers and landowners that manage small and large acreages who have problems with invasive weeds. The class will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, CO. Click here to for more info and to register.


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


Water Law in a Nutshell

March 6, 2015
8 am – 5 pm
Glenwood Springs Community Center, CO

Presented by Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts. $50 registration fee includes lunch. 8 continuing education credits available for realtors. To register click here


Old and Unused Pesticide/Herbicide Pickup Program
Multiple Locations and Dates
March 10, 2015
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Phillips County Extension Office, Holyoke

Old and unused pesticides stored in partially empty containers tend to accumulate in garages, sheds, and basements, eventually becoming a hazard to the people living there. It is important to know that the longer we store a pesticide that isn’t being used, the more the risk of contamination increases. Pesticide containers can become degraded and leak or the product label on the container can fall off or become unrecognizable with time. Also, someone unaware of the pesticide danger may knock over the container and the contents can spill. The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to use them – apply them where the product label allows. However, when leftover pesticides aren’t able to be used, proper disposal is the best solution.

Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pickup program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area. “We’ll accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor. Charges for any product dropped off will be $4 per pound. Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. DuPont, Syngenta and Monsanto companies are helping with sponsorships.

However, keep in mind that the cost of disposing is minor compared to the cost of cleaning up pollution, health hazards, and contamination that can result from improper disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Dates and locations for pesticide drop offs are:

  • Tuesday, March 10 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Phillips County Extension Office, Holyoke
  • Wednesday, March 11 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sedgwick County Weed District Office, Julesburg
  • Thursday, March 12 – 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Washington County Extension Fairgrounds, Akron
  • Friday, March 13 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington

Pre-registration is necessary for this program. This can be done by calling Ron Meyer at the Kit Carson County Extension Office (719) 346-5571 or Dennis Kaan at the Washington County Extension office (970) 345-2287. Pre-register the pesticide weight (or an approximation) or the container size. Payment by checks or credit cards will be accepted at each site.


Old and Unused Pesticide/Herbicide Pickup Program
Multiple Locations and Dates
Wednesday, March 11
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Sedgwick County Weed District Office, Julesburg

Old and unused pesticides stored in partially empty containers tend to accumulate in garages, sheds, and basements, eventually becoming a hazard to the people living there. It is important to know that the longer we store a pesticide that isn’t being used, the more the risk of contamination increases. Pesticide containers can become degraded and leak or the product label on the container can fall off or become unrecognizable with time. Also, someone unaware of the pesticide danger may knock over the container and the contents can spill. The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to use them – apply them where the product label allows. However, when leftover pesticides aren’t able to be used, proper disposal is the best solution.

Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pickup program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area. “We’ll accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor. Charges for any product dropped off will be $4 per pound. Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. DuPont, Syngenta and Monsanto companies are helping with sponsorships.

However, keep in mind that the cost of disposing is minor compared to the cost of cleaning up pollution, health hazards, and contamination that can result from improper disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Dates and locations for pesticide drop offs are:

  • Tuesday, March 10 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Phillips County Extension Office, Holyoke
  • Wednesday, March 11 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sedgwick County Weed District Office, Julesburg
  • Thursday, March 12 – 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Washington County Extension Fairgrounds, Akron
  • Friday, March 13 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington

Pre-registration is necessary for this program. This can be done by calling Ron Meyer at the Kit Carson County Extension Office (719) 346-5571 or Dennis Kaan at the Washington County Extension office (970) 345-2287. Pre-register the pesticide weight (or an approximation) or the container size. Payment by checks or credit cards will be accepted at each site.


Old and Unused Pesticide/Herbicide Pickup Program
Multiple Locations and Dates
Thursday, March 12
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma

Old and unused pesticides stored in partially empty containers tend to accumulate in garages, sheds, and basements, eventually becoming a hazard to the people living there. It is important to know that the longer we store a pesticide that isn’t being used, the more the risk of contamination increases. Pesticide containers can become degraded and leak or the product label on the container can fall off or become unrecognizable with time. Also, someone unaware of the pesticide danger may knock over the container and the contents can spill. The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to use them – apply them where the product label allows. However, when leftover pesticides aren’t able to be used, proper disposal is the best solution.

Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pickup program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area. “We’ll accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor. Charges for any product dropped off will be $4 per pound. Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. DuPont, Syngenta and Monsanto companies are helping with sponsorships.

However, keep in mind that the cost of disposing is minor compared to the cost of cleaning up pollution, health hazards, and contamination that can result from improper disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Dates and locations for pesticide drop offs are:

  • Tuesday, March 10 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Phillips County Extension Office, Holyoke
  • Wednesday, March 11 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sedgwick County Weed District Office, Julesburg
  • Thursday, March 12 – 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Washington County Extension Fairgrounds, Akron
  • Friday, March 13 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington

Pre-registration is necessary for this program. This can be done by calling Ron Meyer at the Kit Carson County Extension Office (719) 346-5571 or Dennis Kaan at the Washington County Extension office (970) 345-2287. Pre-register the pesticide weight (or an approximation) or the container size. Payment by checks or credit cards will be accepted at each site.


Old and Unused Pesticide/Herbicide Pickup Program
Multiple Locations and Dates
Thursday, March 12
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Washington County Extension Fairgrounds, Akron

Old and unused pesticides stored in partially empty containers tend to accumulate in garages, sheds, and basements, eventually becoming a hazard to the people living there. It is important to know that the longer we store a pesticide that isn’t being used, the more the risk of contamination increases. Pesticide containers can become degraded and leak or the product label on the container can fall off or become unrecognizable with time. Also, someone unaware of the pesticide danger may knock over the container and the contents can spill. The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to use them – apply them where the product label allows. However, when leftover pesticides aren’t able to be used, proper disposal is the best solution.

Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pickup program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area. “We’ll accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor. Charges for any product dropped off will be $4 per pound. Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. DuPont, Syngenta and Monsanto companies are helping with sponsorships.

However, keep in mind that the cost of disposing is minor compared to the cost of cleaning up pollution, health hazards, and contamination that can result from improper disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Dates and locations for pesticide drop offs are:

  • Tuesday, March 10 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Phillips County Extension Office, Holyoke
  • Wednesday, March 11 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sedgwick County Weed District Office, Julesburg
  • Thursday, March 12 – 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Washington County Extension Fairgrounds, Akron
  • Friday, March 13 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington

Pre-registration is necessary for this program. This can be done by calling Ron Meyer at the Kit Carson County Extension Office (719) 346-5571 or Dennis Kaan at the Washington County Extension office (970) 345-2287. Pre-register the pesticide weight (or an approximation) or the container size. Payment by checks or credit cards will be accepted at each site.


Old and Unused Pesticide/Herbicide Pickup Program
Multiple Locations and Dates
Friday, March 13
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington

Old and unused pesticides stored in partially empty containers tend to accumulate in garages, sheds, and basements, eventually becoming a hazard to the people living there. It is important to know that the longer we store a pesticide that isn’t being used, the more the risk of contamination increases. Pesticide containers can become degraded and leak or the product label on the container can fall off or become unrecognizable with time. Also, someone unaware of the pesticide danger may knock over the container and the contents can spill. The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to use them – apply them where the product label allows. However, when leftover pesticides aren’t able to be used, proper disposal is the best solution.

Colorado State University Extension will be hosting a pesticide pickup program at various locations within the Golden Plains Area. “We’ll accept any pesticide delivered to us and properly dispose them through a hazardous waste contractor. Charges for any product dropped off will be $4 per pound. Both liquid and solid pesticides will be accepted. DuPont, Syngenta and Monsanto companies are helping with sponsorships.

However, keep in mind that the cost of disposing is minor compared to the cost of cleaning up pollution, health hazards, and contamination that can result from improper disposal of unwanted pesticides.

Dates and locations for pesticide drop offs are:

  • Tuesday, March 10 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Phillips County Extension Office, Holyoke
  • Wednesday, March 11 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Sedgwick County Weed District Office, Julesburg
  • Thursday, March 12 – 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. – Irrigation Research Farm, Yuma
  • Thursday, March 12 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Washington County Extension Fairgrounds, Akron
  • Friday, March 13 – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington

Pre-registration is necessary for this program. This can be done by calling Ron Meyer at the Kit Carson County Extension Office (719) 346-5571 or Dennis Kaan at the Washington County Extension office (970) 345-2287. Pre-register the pesticide weight (or an approximation) or the container size. Payment by checks or credit cards will be accepted at each site.


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.


Pesticide Applicator Workshop

March 18, 2015
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Glenwood Springs Community Center, CO

Presented by Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts. $40 registration includes lunch. Call Steve Anthony at 945-1377 x 4305 from more information and to register.


Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

March 20, 2015
Longmont, CO

Join CSU Extension and the folks from the Western Colorado Research Center for a 2-hour Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on Friday, March 20th in Longmont, CO. This will be a demonstration workshop where you will learn the what, why and how to properly prune apple and stone fruit trees.

There are two sessions available. The morning session is for those in the Green Industry (farmers, arborists, landscape companies, nurseries, etc.) and the afternoon session is for homeowners and Master Gardeners. Please visit the Eventbrite link below for more information.

Hope to see you there!! https://csu-extension-fruit-tree-pruning.eventbrite.com


Backyard Conservation Workshop

March 21, 2015
8 am – 12:00 pm
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, CO

Presented by West Arapahoe Conservation District. Presentations will cover Growing Blueberries, Composting, and Raising Chickens. Cost is $5/person, light snack and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP by March 19th to 303-822-5257 ext. 110. Workshop will be held at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in the Paintbrush Conference Room on the North side of the exhibit building.


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


Introduction to Invasive Weed Management

March 26, 2015
9 am – 4 pm
Golden, CO

The Native Plant Master® Program – Metro to Mountain Group – is hosting Dr. George Beck, Colorado State University weed expert, who will present a one-day, indoor class “Introduction to Invasive Weed Management” on March 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This special class is an in-depth introduction to invasive weeds and their management for those who would like to learn about invasive weeds and their control, especially those with small acreages. The class will be held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, CO. Click here to for more info and to register.


Noxious Weed Symposium

March 28, 2015
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Castle Rock, CO

Do you know how to fight noxious weeds on your property? The CSU Extension Office and the Douglas County Weed Department will host a Noxious Weed Symposium for residents of Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Teller counties on Sat., March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Philip S. Miller Library, in Castle Rock. The Symposium fee is $12 for early bird registration by March 23 and $15 at the door per attendee and includes lunch and handouts. Seating is limited, please RSVP with payment by March 23 to 720-733-6930.


Apple Tree Grafting Class and Hands-On Workshop

March 31, 2015
9 am – 12 pm
Golden, CO

Come learn the science, biology, and techniques for grafting woody plants. Take home your own grafted apple tree. The class will be held at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, CO. Presented by CSU Extension, Jefferson County Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Registration is $20. To register for this class click here


Apple Tree Grafting Class and Hands-On Workshop

April 1, 2015
9 am – 12 pm
Golden, CO

Come learn the science, biology, and techniques for grafting woody plants. Take home your own grafted apple tree. The class will be held at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, CO. Presented by CSU Extension, Jefferson County Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Registration is $20. To register for this class click here


Apple Tree Grafting Class and Hands-On Workshop

April 2, 2015
9 am – 12 pm
Golden, CO

Come learn the science, biology, and techniques for grafting woody plants. Take home your own grafted apple tree. The class will be held at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, CO. Presented by CSU Extension, Jefferson County Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Registration is $20. To register for this class click here


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.


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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