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 .


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.


Creating a Food Safety Plan For Your Farm – Webinar

Dec 1
12:20 - 1 pm

Join the Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association for a Lunch and Learn Webinar, “Fundamentals of Creating a Food Safety Plan for Your Farm.”

Putting together a written food safety plan for your farm can help in understanding and managing possible risk but knowing where to begin and what to include in the plan can be challenging.

This webinar will provide a basic overview, walk participants through a set of 3 online modules, and provide information about what should be included in a plan and how to use their plan as a tool to reduce potential risks and protect their operation. Participants will gain awareness that creating a plan is a long-term, dynamic process that needs to be revisited and updated as production and operating methods change and also learn about available resources to facilitate the process.

Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/b955697cc1e9ccdbc5b9141539e44ee6.


Equine Tack Swap and Workshop

December 3
10 am -2 pm
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 E. Quincy Ave
Aurora, CO 80016

  • FREE educational equine workshops
  • Buy gear for the upcoming show year or do Christmas shopping
  • Support Arapahoe County 4-H horse program

Workshop Agenda -

10:10 - 10:40 a.m. Buying the Right Horse
Jonathan Vrabec, CSU Extension Agent- Arapahoe County
10:45-11:45 am Adjunctive Therapies in Prevention and Rehabilitation of Injuries
Jodie Daglish BVSc MRCVS, CSU Resident, Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
11:50 am - 12:50 pm Pasture Management
Jennifer Cook, Small Acreage Management Coordinator, NRCS/CSU Extension
12:55-1:55 pm Pre-Purchase Exams
Jodie Vetter- DVM, Strasburg Vet Clinic


Small Acreage Management Workshop

December 10
9 am - 2 pm
Douglas County Evnt Center
500 Fairgrounds Dr.
Castle Rock, CO

Sign up fast for this free workshop! Only 100 seats available. Featuring presentations on Small Fruit Production, Manure Management, Small Acreage Farming, Small Animal Vaccinations, High Tunnels, and Pasture Management. Workshop includes free lunch sponsored by Douglas County Farm Bureau. RSVP to Leah Braton 303-525-8678 or dcfarmbureau@aol.com

Click here for the flyer.


Poultry medications – rule changes affecting small and backyard poultry flocks

Webinar
Dec 12
9:00 am MST

Concerns over the development of antibiotic resistance in human medicine have led to the development of new regulations controlling the use of antibiotics in animal feed. Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs are medically important antibiotics whose use is regulated.

New guidelines for these drugs become effective in January 1, 2017. Some of these drugs have been used in poultry medicine.

How will these changes affect small-scale poultry producers? After the end of 2016 a veterinarian prescription will be required to get medicated feed as well as purchase what were over the counter drugs. Over the counter drugs now available online or in feed stores will no longer be available without a VFD. The VFD must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and there must be a veterinarian-client relationship. Small scale poultry producers need to develop a relationship with a veterinarian so if their birds get sick they can obtain the needed drugs.

The webinar location: https://extension.zoom.us/j/142597111


Setting culling standards for small and backyard flocks

Webinar
Dec 13
1:00 pm MST

In any poultry production flock it is important to check your birds daily and remove any sick, injured or poor producers. You should have pre-set standards to follow when deciding to cull or not. Once you have culled a bird, it is important to euthanize them humanely. As sad as these situations are concerned, it is important to be prepared. Dr. Greg Martin from Penn State University will discuss setting culling standards as well as methods of euthanasia.

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


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.


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.


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.


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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Updated Thursday, December 01, 2016