Upcoming Small Acreage Events

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.


Avian genetics: Introduction to poultry breeding

Webinar
Jan 12
1:00 pm MST

There has been a lot of interest in breeding small poultry flocks. This webinar will present an introduction to avian genetics and the basics of poultry breeding. Dr. Darrin Karcher at Purdue University will provide the overview of avian genetics while Dr. David Frame from Utah State University will discuss the basics of poultry breeding.

Location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/142597111


AgrAbility Workshop

Jan 18, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
County Courthouse
501 Palmer Street
Delta, CO

Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and professionals who work with them at these upcoming workshops across the state. These educational events are for Colorado farm families & individuals whoa re dealing with barriers created by illnesses or other limitations.

For more details, see the Small Acreage Newsletter. Contact Doug Dean at 970-244-1834 for more information.


Farm and Food Forum

January 20 and 21
Montrose, CO

The 5th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum: Healthy Land, Food, People will be held on January 20th and 21st, 2017 in Montrose, CO. This event will feature an array of breakout sessions which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops.

This conference is for anyone interested in the future of agriculture, including ranchers, farmers, gardeners, students, and ag professionals. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the conference.

Conference highlights will also include presenters Ray Archuleta, Brendon Rockey, Greg Judy, a water boot camp, and a Rodale Institute workshop.

The Food and Farm Forum is hosted by Colorado State University Extension, Shavano Conservation District, Valley Food Partnership, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Registration for this event will open in late November. To read more about the event and register for it online, click here.


Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Course

Register by January 21
Mancos Public Library Community Room
211 West First Street
Mancos, Colorado

Improve your land, naturally.

As a farmer, rancher or land steward, you know that one of your greatest assets is the land you work with, and managing that land can be tough due to weather conditions, environmental pressures and high input costs. This course was designed to help you regenerate your land for better soil health, bio-diversity, productivity and profitability through the practice of Holistic Management.

Jan 28 and Feb 4: Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Basics
Feb 18 and 25: Holistic Grazing Planning & Management
March 4: Holistic Land Planning
May 20: Biological Monitoring & Improving Land Management Results

This course is ideal for large & small acreages, new & seasoned producers who want to improve land productivity, soil health, quality of life and profitability.

Only $300 per person, scholarships available. Learn more here.


Agritourism Workshop

Jan 27
12:00 - 4:30
The Farm House
Breckenridge Brewery
Littleton, CO

New Insights, Opportunities, and Barriers for Agritourism in the West

Agritourism can provide additional income for beginning farmer businesses, and in some instances, may become a primary income source. Management of an agritourism enterprise requires understanding of consumer interests and behavior, marketing strategies, business risks, and leveraging available resources. Join Colorado Building Farmers for an intensive class that will help you understand how to start or refine an agritourism enterprise. Click here to learn more and register


Seedling Tree Planting Workshop

Jan 28
9 am - 11 am
CSFS Nursery
3843 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, 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


Mobile Pyrolosis Demonstration

Feb 2
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
4600 Hwy 50
Whitewater, CO

We invite you to a demonstration of a mobile biomass pyrolysis unit, the first of its kind. Organic wastes, plant, agricultural, and forestry biomass are converted into bio-oil and biochar products. A mobile pyrolysis unit offers solutions to the challenges of renewable energy, both economic and environmental, such as our dependence on fossil fuels, the increasing need for carbon sequestration, community wildfire mitigation efforts, as well as forest and rangeland management treatments. The unit will be demonstrated on Thursday February 2nd. The demonstration will be held at DDI Equipment in Whitewater will also feature a chance to look at the latest in new and used forestry equipment. A barbeque lunch will be served. Please call ahead to RSVP, more information here.


Garfield County Ag Expo

Feb 4
Garfield County Fairgrounds
Rifle, CO

The Local Conservation Districts and Garfield County CSU Extension have a great lineup of speakers, demonstrations, exhibitors, door prizes and a new scholarship! Join us on February 4 at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle, CO!! Go to www.eventbrite.com and search for Ag Expo. Or visit our website to register: http://www.mountsopriscd.org/. Lunch, door prizes, and much more! More information here.

Speakers and workshops include:

No-til drill demo
Hoop house demonstration
Drone Technology for Ag production
Irrigation engineering basics
Snotel/CoAgMet Technology
Colorado Water Panel
Large animal discussion
Basic Principles of Permaculture
Noxious Weeds - How to Calibrate your Sprayer
Grafting Fruit Trees
Pollinators
Community Grazing
Pasture Paradise System

Sponsored by Mount Sopris, South Side, and Bookcliff Conservation Districts


AgrAbility Workshop

Feb 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
Room 1
25690 E Quincy Ave
Aurora, CO

Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and professionals who work with them at these upcoming workshops across the state. These educational events are for Colorado farm families & individuals whoa re dealing with barriers created by illnesses or other limitations.

For more details, see the Small Acreage Newsletter. Contact Jonathan Vrabac at 719-661-2286 for more information.


Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference

Feb 11
9am-5pm
The Ranch Events Complex
Larimer County Fairgrounds
5280 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80538

The conference will be held in the Thomas McKee 4-H, Youth & Community Building

Conference Schedule 2/11/17

9:00 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 am: Hometown Habitat Film Clips and Panel

  • Followed by Expert Panel Discussion:
    • Susan Tweit - Moderator
    • Allison Peck - Designer, Matrix Gardens
    • Connie Holsinger - Habitat Heroes Project Founder, Terra Foundation
    • Linda Boley - Local Colorado Native Plant Gardener, Habitat Hero

10:00 am: Break

10:20 am: Breakout Session 1 (choose one)

  • Native Plants for Western Slope Gardens by Nick Daniel
  • Designing With Native Plants by Susan J. Tweit
  • Creating Native Plant Landscapes: Can Do Ideas for Beginners by Anne Clark (continued into Session 2)

11:20 am: Breakout Session 2 (choose one)

  • Southeast and Plains Area Natives by Don Barnett
  • Establishing Natives: Native Plant Whisperer by Jim Borland
  • Creating Native Plant Landscapes: Can Do Ideas for Beginners by Anne Clark (continued from Session 1)

12:10 pm: Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm: Breakout Session 3 (choose one)

  • Mountain Gardening with Natives: Firewise and Waterwise by Irene Shonle
  • Dryer Plants for a New Landscape Era by Kelly Grummons
  • Landscape Restoration: Native Plants on a Bigger Scale by Amy Yarger and Jim Tolstrup

2:10 pm: Breakout Session 4 (choose one)

  • Gardening with Native Plants of the Front Range by Deryn Davidson
  • Plant This, Not That: Colorado Native Plant Alternatives to Common Garden Plants by Jennifer Bousselot
  • In-Depth Design by Alison Peck

3:00 pm: Break

3:20 pm: Breakout Session 5 (choose one)

  • Ask an Expert: Follow up Questions and Conversation partners panel
  • Water Conservation and Water Requirements for our Native Plants by Dan Johnson and Mary Hattendorf
  • Propagation of the Native Plants of the Interior West: Secrets Revealed by Scott Skogerboe

4:10 pm: Closing Remarks

REGISTER HERE



2017 Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference
www.eventbrite.com

Learn how to create a beautiful native landscape from the ground up with experts from around the state! Seminar topics include: Native plant options for your specific region of Colorado Both in-depth and basics of design Propagation of natives Special half-day, beginner-friendly session on how to convert a lawn to natives And more!! Hometown Habitat Film Clips Followed by Expert Panel Discussion Susan Tweit - Moderator Allison Peck - Designer, Matrix Gardens Connie Holsinger - Habitat Heroes Project Founder, Terra Foundation Linda Boley - Local CO Native Plant Gardener, Habitat Hero Breakout Sessions There will be concurrent sessions. When purchasing tickets you will indicate which sessions you are interested in attending so we can make appropriate room assignments. You will not be held to these choices. Native Plants for Western Slope Gardens- Nick Daniel, Denver Botanic Gardens Designing with Native Plants - Susan J. Tweit Creating Native Plant Landscapes, Can Do Ideas for Beginners - Anne Clark, Anne Clar

AgrAbility Workshop

Feb 14, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Concession Building
Yuma County Fairground
410 Hoag Ave
Yuma, CO

Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and professionals who work with them at these upcoming workshops across the state. These educational events are for Colorado farm families & individuals whoa re dealing with barriers created by illnesses or other limitations.

For more details, see the Small Acreage Newsletter. Contact Dennis Kaan at 970-520-1826 for more information.


AgrAbility Workshop

Feb 15, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
County Extension Office
508 S. 10th Ave
Sterling, CO

Join fellow Colorado farmers, ranchers, veterans, their families, and professionals who work with them at these upcoming workshops across the state. These educational events are for Colorado farm families & individuals whoa re dealing with barriers created by illnesses or other limitations.

For more details, see the Small Acreage Newsletter. Contact Dennis Kaan at 970-345-2287 or cell 970-520-1826 for more information.


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.


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