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Colorado State University Extension and the USDA are offering a great series of classes and workshops to help owners of small acreage properties learn to better manage their land. Classes will occur throughout the summer at various locations across the Front Range. Register through the website advertised on the flyer, classes are $10 each.

Classes include:

  • June 4th in Frederick, CO and the topic is Summer Weed Walk and Control Options
  • July 10th in Longmont, CO and the topic is Irrigation and Water Rights
  • August 2nd in Loveland, CO and the topic is Native Plants Garden Tour and Discussion
  • September 11th in Brighton, CO and the topic is Fall Weed Walk - ID and Control Options
  • September 26th in Longmont, CO and the topic is Grass ID and Reseeding

For detail information, please download the Front Range Small Acreage Workshop Series Flyer.

Learn the basics of cheese-making!

June 16, 2018
8:00 a.m. - Noon

Interested in learning how to make cheese? Join us on June 16th for a workshop introducing you to the basics of cheese-making, presented by Weld County Extension. Speakers include cheese-maker Ripley Casdorph and CSU Grad Student and cheese specialist, Caitlin Clark. Topics covered include: History of Cheese Making; Cheese Making Basics; Food Safety; and Types of Cheeses. Interspersed with these presentations will be a hands-on cheese-making experience you’re sure to enjoy! Workshop cost is $20/person. Registration limited to 20. Register today by contacting Keith Maxey at Weld County Extension, 970-400-2075.

Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. If you have a disability for which you seek an accommodation for this event please notify Keith Maxey, 970-400-2075, at least seven days prior to the event. Colorado State University Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating.

Download the Cheese Making 101 Flyer.

Colorado Wheat Field Days
June 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13, 2018

Colorado Wheat Field Days let farmers see new and traditional varieties side-by-side in trial plots. Our nationally renowned CSU wheat breeder, Dr. Scott Haley, will talk about issues facing variety development and discuss the pros and cons of most of the varieties in each trial. Dr. Jerry Johnson will review the wheat variety trial results from 2017 and provide variety selection information. Dr. Kirk Broders, CSU plant pathologist, will talk about control of rust and virus diseases of wheat that will be of interest to all attendees. Brad Erker, Executive Director of three Colorado wheat organizations, will talk about the support provided by the wheat organizations to the CSU breeding and testing programs. Rick Novak, CSU seed programs director, will bring us all up to date on seed issues related to wheat production. Please plan to attend. Mark it down on your calendars. It is not every day that you get a free lunch or dinner! For more information about Colorado Wheat Field Days, please download the Colorado Wheat Field Day Flyer.  On June 11th, Colorado Wheat Field Days will be at Cooksey Farm in Roggen beginning at 4:00 p.m., please download the Colorado Wheat Field Day Flyer at Roggen.

Food Preservation and Preparation Workshops

Basics of Preserving Food Safely— An overview of the basic methods of food preservation: canning, freezing and dehydration. Learn about equipment needed and best methods for particular foods. Tasting included. FREE—Registration required.

  • Wednesday, June 6 at 6:00—8:00 pm, Larimer County Extension Office
  • Wednesday, September 12 at 2:00—3:30 pm, Loveland Public Library

Water Bath Canning—Learn how easy it is to safely can high acid foods in this hands-on workshop. The boiling water canning method can be used to preserve fruit, salsa, pickles, tomatoes, jams, jellies and more. This is a good workshop for beginning canners or those wanting to update their skills. Fee: $25

  • Thursday, July 19, 6:00—8:30 pm, Larimer County Extension Office
  • Monday, September 10, 6:00—8:30 pm, Larimer County Extension Office

Pressure Canning—Learn the steps to safely and confidently pressure can vegetables and meats in this hands-on workshop. Includes free pressure canner dial gauge test ($10 value) - bring your canner lid or just the dial gauge. Fee: $25

  • Wednesday, July 25, 6:00—8:30 pm, Larimer County Extension Office
  • Tuesday, September 18 6:00—8:30 pm, Larimer County Extension Office

Jams, Jellies and Fruit Spreads—Learn how to make and preserve flavorful summer fruits. Covers water bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation. Fee: $25

  • Wednesday, August 15, 6:00—8:30 pm, Larimer County Extension Office

Pickling Vegetables— If you love pickles and summer relish, come learn how to make your own. This is a hands-on workshop for making and safely water bath canning pickles, relishes, salsa and chutney. Fee: $25

  • Wednesday, August 22, 6:00—8:30 pm , Larimer County Extension Office

Dehydrating Foods, Leathers and Jerkies—Drying is a creative way to preserve foods. Learn the basic methods of drying fruits, vegetables, herbs, leathers and jerkies. Tasting and ideas for using dehydrated foods will be included. Fee: $15

  • Wednesday, August 29, 6:00—8:00 pm, Larimer County Extension Office

Sauerkraut and Fermented Vegetables – Natural fermentation is one of the oldest means of food preservation. Learn the science of preparing and storing sauerkraut and fermented vegetables safely in this hands-on workshop. Fee: $25

  • Wednesday, October 10, 6:00—8:30 pm, Larimer County Extension Office

To Register: or Food Preservation and Preparation Workshop Registration.

Pre-registration is required. Class size limited.
For more information contact Edie McSherry: or call 970-498-6008.  For more details, please download the Food Preservation and Preparation Workshop Flyer.

Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control:

A Conservation Biological Control Short Course
July 18, 2018

Fremont County Fairgrounds
1595 S. 9th Street
Cañon City, CO 81212

Course Registration Fee: $45
Space is limited! Pre-registration is required.
Continuing education credits offered:
CCA (6 CEUs), SAF (5 CFE credits), TWS (5.5 contact hours)


  • The importance of beneficial insects—predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
  • Overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM).
  • Become familiar with the most common beneficial insect groups.
  • How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.
  • Planning for habitat improvements—site prep, insectary plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks…
  • Best management practices to minimize potential negative impacts of farm practices on predators,
    parasitoids, and pollinators.
  • USDA conservation programs—technical and financial assistance to enhance diversity on farms.

Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects
back into cropping systems for natural pest control. In this full day course, learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control, how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects, and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects. 

Registration includes The Xerces Society’s Conservation Biological Control Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Farming With Native Beneficial Insects, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

Lunch is NOT provided. Please plan to bring a sack lunch and a refillable water bottle.

For more information and a detailed schedule, please download the Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control Flyer.

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