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Food Safety, Food Preservation and Food Preparation Classes and Workshops

Throughout the year, Weld County Extension will be offering a variety of classes and workshops to promote food safety and culinary knowledge through lectures and hands on experience. Class topics will include food preservation methods such as canning, dehydrating, pickling and fermenting and more!

Lunch and Learn Series

Cooking Demos

Join CSU's Sheila Beckley for 15-30 minutes on Facebook Live as she shares tips on cooking, baking and other basic food preparations.  Join Sheila for the Cooking Demonstrations.

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
July 28th
August 25th
September 8th
September 22nd
October 13th
October 27th
November 10th
November 17th
December 1st
December 8th
(Dates may change for unforeseen circumstances)

You can view the Cooking Demonstration Flyer(PDF, 252KB).

Alzheimer's and Dementia Classes

Learn about Alzheimer's and Dementia.  There are three classes available.  Registration is required.

  • Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body, September 23, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. 
    Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.  Register for Living for Your Brain and Body.
  • Effective Communication Strategies, September 30, 2021 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. 
    This workshop teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Participants leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle- and late-stage dementia. Register for Effective Communication Strategies.
  • Dementia Conversations, October 22, 2021 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.   
    This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. Register for Dementia Conversations.

You can view the Alzheimer's and Dementia Classes Flyer(PDF, 245KB).


There has been an uptick on botulism cases in Colorado. Check out PreserveSmart, CSU’s comprehensive guidelines on preserving and canning foods safely. You can also access this information in your mobile device using the PreserveSmart app.

You can find more information at Preserve Smart
App: App for Android devices
App: App for iPhones and iOS devices 

Food Safety for Cottage Foods Producers - Various Dates and Locations

Food Safety for Cottage Foods Producers

Colorado State University Extension offers food safety certification classes for your cottage food business! 

Participants 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 in Colorado's Cottage Food Act
  • Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
  • Special considerations for food preparation at altitude
  • Resources for going further

The Small Business Development Center is partnering with Extension to provide a free class to cottage food producers to learn about business planning basics including steps to registering your new business, creating a business plan, understanding insurance and how to properly protect your business and resources to help you and your business thrive.

Sign up for the Colorado State University Extension Cottage Food Safety Classes

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement(PDF, 26KB)