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 .

Grow Your Own Grains – In the City!

August 29, 2015
2500 Lawrence St. Denver

Did you know that in only 100 square ft. of each crop, you can grow enough wheat for 20 loaves of bread? Enough corn for over 500 tortillas? Enough quinoa for 30 hefty servings? And you get a ton of compost material, too! Come learn about the growth habits of these crops (barley, oats, rye, sorghum, millet, and amaranth too!), as well as how to harvest, thresh, winnow and cook these grains that are not often grown within city limits. The instruction and discussion will be followed by interactive demonstrations of transplanting, threshing, and winnowing different grains, and maybe even a special tasting of some delicious grain-based treats!

Class fee: pay what you can ($20 suggested)
RSVP please - eric@producedenver.com

Eric Buteyn, a native of Colorado, recently returned to the Mile High City from Northern California where he spent three years working with John Jeavons, the author of How to Grow More Vegetables, two years as farm manager. He is a certified GROW BIOINTENSIVE instructor and is now a part of the Produce Denver team. He has quickly plugged into the Denver urban farming scene, eager to share what he’s learned about full-diet, closed-loop, regenerative farming with anyone who wants to be a part of the challenging conversation of true sustainability.

Food Preservation Classes

September - November 2015
Longmont, Centennial, and Golden locations

Multiple food preservation classes will be offered by CSU Extension. Classes include Jams and Jellies, Cottage Food Safety Training, Fermentation, and Canning. Click here for a list of classes, dates, and locations. http://www.eventbrite.com/o/csu-extension-food-preservation-6622808397

2015 Soil Moisture Monitoring Field Day

September 3, 2015
9 am – 10:30 am
Isabelle Farm, Cherry Creek location: Southwest corner of Hwy 287 and Isabelle Road near Lafayette, CO.

Farmers benefit from accurate soil moisture monitoring and management. Crop health and yields can improve, irrigation costs can be reduced, and management can be simplified with real time soil moisture data. CSU Extension, NRCS and Hortau Simplified Irrigation will demonstrate low tech and high tech methods to help growers assess soil moisture. From “touch and feel” to Watermark sensors to the latest in telemetry that allows growers to check soil moisture on any internet enabled device, all growers will learn something new.

Join us for this hands-on opportunity to see various methods at work in a crop production scenario. Talk with irrigation professionals and learn how these methods could be implemented on your farm.

  • Learn how to assess soil moisture for various crops and soil textures
  • Learn how to schedule irrigations based on data
  • See low to high tech options for assessing soil moisture
  • Ask questions and get answers
  • Explore what web based data is possible with the Hortau Simplified Irrigation system

Contact Adrian Card Adrian.card@colostate.edu or 303-678-6383 for more information.

Intentional Land Management

Sept. 9, 2015
6 pm to 8:30 pm
First National Bank of Cortez Community Room

Design a plan that meets your needs! Whether it is to improve your pastures or raise more livestock, we will help. Learn more...

Boulder County Building Farmers Program

Principles of Business Planning and Management
Applications due Sept. 28

The Colorado Building Farmers program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom and experiential learning for beginning farmers (0 – 10 yrs exp). The course is a series of 8 evening classes designed to help New Farmers explore farming as a business and provide Intermediate and Experienced Farmers with tools and ideas to refine and enhance their business management, production, and marketing skills. Please click here to see the program brochure. Applications are downloaded here.

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Updated Thursday, August 27, 2015