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 .


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


Interested in Beekeeping?

On Saturday, March 21, from 9am to 4pm, the Brighton Bee Club will be hosting a 1-day, 2-part seminar. We will answer those burning (stinging?) questions that you have on whether or not you would like to keep bees and what to do once you get them. You can attend either session but I highly recommend both sessions due to all of the information that will be presented.

Some of the topics that will be covered in the morning session include:

  1. What is this going to cost me?
  2. What equipment do I need?
  3. Will anyone be available to assist/mentor me?
  4. How do you catch enough bees to make a hive?
  5. Honey Bee Basics
  6. Hive Basics
  7. A Typical Season
  8. Harvesting
  9. Do bees bite?
  10. How do I find the answer to....?
  11. What comes next?

The afternoon session will be a bit more advanced and continues with topic #11. Afternoon topics will include:

  • Setting up your hive
  • How to install your bees
  • Monitoring their health/status
  • Q&A period and open discussion

There will be experienced beekeepers on hand to answer questions and share their experiences. Seats are limited so please pre-register as soon as you can to reserve your spot! Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis.

Dan Rau, VP of the Brighton Bee Club, will be the seminar facilitator. Even though he is only going into his 3rd year of bee keeping, he has already made most of the mistakes that beekeepers with years of experience have made. This gives him a wealth of experience to share with you on the trials and tribulations and joys and benefits of being a beekeeper.

Details:
Cost: Total fee for one or both sessions is $15 with lunch provided for those attending the morning session.
Location:
United Power Headquarters building
500 Cooperative Way
Brighton, Co 80603
Date/Time: Saturday 21 Mar 2015 from 9am – 4:00pm The afternoon session will begin at 1:00pm.
Registration: www.brightonbee.club/resources/seminars/seminars/wanna-bee
Or contact the following:
Dan Raudrau@brightonbee.club (303-619-1904)
Dave Swansondswanson@brightonbee.club (303-921-6150)


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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