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.


Backyard Poultry Workshop

April 11
6-8:30 pm
CSU Extension office
701 Court Street, Ste C
Pueblo, CO

Topics covered: Purchasing chickens, Nutrition, Health, Care, and Waste Management. $10 pp, $15 couple. Call CSU Extension 719-583-6566 for more information and to register.


Living Lightly

April 17
6:30pm

Get updated on the fight against climate change as well as solar and home energy options. This class is free. MUST RSVP by April 13 (class subject to cancellation if minimum not met). RSVP to 303-582-9106


Rain Barrels & Passive Water Harvesting

April 22
2:00pm
CSU Extension Gilpin County
230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Make every drop count. Learn about mountain water rights, how to use rain barrels and other tips to maximize the water that falls on your land. ! $5 class fee. Meet in the Exhibit Barn. For more information, 303-582-9106


Learn How to Garden With Straw Bales!

April 21
9 am - 12:00 pm
Douglas County Fairgrounds/ Kirk Hall

Take a peek into gardening in straw bales, a technique for growing in challenging spaces. This class will look at how-to’s and troubleshooting gardening in straw.

Fee: $ 5.00 to be collected at the door RSVP: Please contact A. Grace Jelks at 720-733-6930 or email: ajelks@douglas.co.us


Firewise Landscaping

April 22
3:30pm
CSU Extension Gilpin County
230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Creating a defensible space can be an opportunity to create a people, plant and pollinator-friendly area. Come learn how! $5 class fee. Meet in the Exhibit Barn. For more information, 303-582-9106


Residential Rainwater Harvesting in Colorado

Webinar April 26 Noon - 1:00

In this webinar we will be discussing the history of Colorado water rights and why the state is just now allowing residents to harvest rain water. We’ll also discuss the what, where and how-to of installing a rain barrel on your site and how to properly integrate it into your landscape. Presented by Deryn Davidson and Jennifer Tucker, CSU Extension.

Click here to register for this free webinar.

To participate in the webinar:

Anytime before the webinar: 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

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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.

Webinars are presented by Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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All webinars are recorded and available on the CSU Small Acreage Management website at www.ext.colostate.edu/sam


Noxious Weeds

April 26
6:00-8:30 pm
Pueblo County Extension office
701 Court Stree, Ste. C
Pueblo, CO

$10 pp, $15 couple. for more information contact 719-583-6566 or email Carolyn at valdez@pueblocounty.us


Planning Your Mountain Vegetable Garden

April 29
3:00pm
CSU Extension Gilpin County
230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Exhibit Barn

Discuss how to plan your vegetable garden to maximize space and productivity, all while considering what grows well up here. Great for Community and home gardeners. $5 class fee. Meet in the Exhibit Barn. For more information, 303-582-9106


Water and Ditches

May 11
6-8 pm
Longmont, CO

This evening will focus on Colorado water law and the operation of ditches. Colorado water law can be confusing to newcomers but our speaker will help dispel some of the confusion. Each ditch company operates a little differently so our speakers will discuss how several of the ditches operate.

Location: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn A
Speakers: Sean Cronin, Director, St. Vrain and Left Hnd Water Conservancy District; Amy Aschenbrenner, Secretary, Palmerton Ditch Co.; Dan Lisco, Sombrero Ranches
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 per session
Registration: https://2017-small-acreage-workshop-series.eventbrite.com


Critters in your Garden

May 11
6:30pm
CSU Extension Gilpin County
230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422
Exhibit Barn

Do you have voles or pocket gophers in your garden? Learn how to tell the difference along with ideas on how to defend your garden against rabbits, deer and more. $5 class fee. Meet in the Exhibit Barn. For more information, 303-582-9106


Grasses for Forage and Reclamation

May 25
6-8 pm
Longmont, CO

This evening will focus on the various grass species that grow well in the Front Range and their uses.

Location: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Natural Resources Bldg.
Speakers: Sylvia Hickenlooper, Soil Conservationist, USDA NRCS; Sharon Bokan, Small Acreage Coordinator, CSU Extension Boulder County
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 per session
Registration: https://2017-small-acreage-workshop-series.eventbrite.com


Poultry Disease and Biosecurity

June 8
6-8 pm
Longmont, CO

Ever wondered how to keep your backyard flock healthy and what are the diseases you need to be concerned about with your flock be it large or backyard. Our speakers are veterinarians who can answer your questions.

Location: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Natural Resources Bldg.
Speakers: Dr. Luci Dimick, DVM, USDA; Dr. Kyran Cadmus, DVM, USDA
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 per session
Registration: https://2017-small-acreage-workshop-series.eventbrite.com


Mountain Plant Sale

June 10
9:00am
CSU Extension Gilpin County
230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422

Mountain-hardy plants and advice from Colorado Master Gardeners.


Weed ID and Management

June 29
6-8 pm
Longmont, CO

We all have them and they drive us crazy trying to manage them – weeds. This evening we will talk about the weeds common to Boulder County and provide some techniques to manage them. Please bring in samples you want identified.

Location: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Natural Resources Bldg.
Speakers: Steve Sauer, Boulder County Parks and Open Space Weed Coordinator; Sharon Bokan, Small Acreage Coordinator, CSU Extension Boulder County
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 per session
Registration: https://2017-small-acreage-workshop-series.eventbrite.com


Grazing Management

July 13
6-8 pm
Longmont, CO

If you have wondered how your grazing practices are affecting the health of your grasses and soils, this will be the evening for you. We will show you some demonstration work that we have been doing and what results we have seen so far.

Location: To be provided
Speakers: Sylvia Hickenlooper, Soil Conservationist, USDA NRCS; Sharon Bokan, Small Acreage Coordinator, CSU Extension Boulder County
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 per session
Registration: https://2017-small-acreage-workshop-series.eventbrite.com


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Updated Tuesday, April 18, 2017