Upcoming Small Acreage Events

Swine Seminar - Today's Swine Operation, What You Need To Know

November 15, 2014
Greeley, CO

The workshop agenda includes presentations on Bio-Security, Swine Heard Health, Reproduction, Farrowing & Post-Partum, and Swine Nutrition. To register go to www.weldextension.com. Click here for the flyer.

Responding to Disturbance: Effective Restoration & Monitoring Workshop

December 3-6, 2014
Fort Collins, CO

Attend all or just a day of this event hosted by the Colorado Section of Society for Range Management. Topics include frameworks for rangeland restoration, rangeland deterioration and recovery, flooding and fire restoration, energy industry disturbances, noxious weeds, small acreage restoration, and a skills workshop on restoration implementation. To register and for more details visit www.cssrm2014.eventbrite.com

Organic Certification Workshop

December 9, 2014
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Clover Building @ Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, CO

Thinking about getting certified organic, but haven't taken the next step? Wondering what it really means to get certified? This hands-on workshop will get you to the next level by walking you through the entire certification process. Items covered include an overview of the National Organic Program Standards, the certification process, the organic farm plan, how to pick a certifier, record-keeping templates, approved materials, and other resources.

Participants are encouraged to bring their field histories, farm maps, input labels, and specific questions about the certification process, organic standards, and approved materials, so that they can leave the workshop confident that they can complete an organic farm plan and apply for certification. Colorado Department of Agriculture Organic Program Manager Amy Stafford will be instructing, bringing with her 15 years of experience in the world of organic certification.

Cost: $45 (includes lunch & reference materials), free to BCPOS Ag Tenants
Instructor: Amy Stafford, Colorado Department of Agriculture Organic Program Manager
Registration Required at www.organic-certification.eventbrite.com

For registration assistance please contact Barbara Brooks, bbrooks@bouldercounty.org, 303-678-6369

Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum

January 10, 2015
Montrose, CO

Whether you're looking to improve or innovate on your existing practices, hoping to start an organic orchard, or have an interest in conserving our region’s crop diversity, the Food and Farm Forum has a myriad of resources and networking opportunities. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Montrose Pavilion in Montrose Colorado. It will focus on improving the sustainable production, marketing and consumption of locally grown food products.

The 2015 conference theme is Unlocking the Secrets of Raising Great Food. This will be an opportunity for local food producers, organic farmers, restaurateurs, and related businesses to gather and share information and resources that will contribute to the viability and success of western Colorado agriculture.

The Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum is a collaborative effort between the Valley Food Partnership, CSU Tri-River Area Extension Service, the City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism, the Shavano Conservation District and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center.

Registration opens November 1st. To register and learn more about the Forum, visit the event website: www.foodfarmforum.org

Building Farmers Program

The Building Farmers Program for Denver, Jefferson, and Arapahoe Counties is a farm business incubator program focusing on business plan development for non-profit, for-profit, and indoor farms. Classes begin Tuesday January 20, 2015. Applications are due December 3, 2014. Participants will be notified of acceptance on December 15th. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at the Denver County Extension Office, and final business plans will be presented to peers and key community partners on Saturday, March 7th.

Program content is taught by local urban producers and will include:

  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Markets and Marketing Principals.
  • Production Planning and Record Keeping.
  • Financial Analysis & Risk Management
  • Contracts, Agreements, Partnerships, and Sources of Capital

Want to learn more?
Come to one of our upcoming Information Nights. If you are interested in attending please RSVP by contacting Danielle DuBois at ddubois@arapahoegov.org (303)738-7977.
Monday, November 17th, 5:30-6:30pm, Arapahoe County Lima Plaza, Arapahoe Room- 6954 Lima St., Centennial, CO 80112
Wednesday, November 19th 5:30-6:30, Denver CSU Extension Office - 888 E Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

More info and applications at http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/arapahoe/agri/agri.shtml

If you have questions contact Danielle DuBois, Program Coordinator at ddubois@arapahoegov.com or 303.738.7977.

Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Conference

February 25, 2015
Denver, CO

The CFVGA will hold its 1st Annual Conference, February 25, 2015 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm at the Renaissance Hotel Conference Center in Denver, Colorado. This will directly precede the Governor’s Ag Outlook Forum at that same venue, to encourage attendance of specialty crop growers at both events.

Details and registration will be available Nov 15 at: www.coloradoproduce.org. Potential sponsors and exhibitors should email info@coloradoproduce.org by Nov 15 for inclusion in print materials.

If you haven’t already, consider joining CFVGA as a producer or affiliate member, and like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CFVGA.

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