07-07-16 NRCS-CO/CSU Ext: Upcoming Front Range Workshops…

CSU Ext Small Acreage Management logoNRCS-CO/CSU Ext: Upcoming Front Range Workshops

Soil Amendments for Mountain Land

July 9 at noon
Lyons, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn about mountain soils, soil testing, and how to improve granitic and sandy soils from small acreage coordinator, Jennifer Cook, CSU Extension/NRCS. RSVP to info@bigthompson.org or 970-624-7570.

Healthy Soils

July 14 at noon
Berthoud, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn about what you can do to improve your soil health from Clark Harshbarger, NRCS soil Scientist. RSVP to info@bigthompson.org or970-624-7570.

Healthy Pollinators for Healthy Land

July 28 at noon
Loveland, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn about pollinators and bees from Beth Conrey, president of Colorado State Association of Bee Keepers. RSVP toinfo@bigthompson.org or 970-624-7570.

All About Seeding and Re-Seeding

August 5 at noon
Berthoud, CO

This workshop is hosted by Big Thompson Conservation District. $10 includes lunch. Learn best practices for seeding your pasture from Jennifer Cook, Small Acreage Coordinator, NRCS/CSU Extension.

Dairy Goats and Laying Hens

August 2, 2016 from 5 – 7 pm

11100 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

Farmer, professor and owner of Five Fridges Farm, Amanda Weaver, will present the basics of how to get started with dairy goats and laying hens. She will discuss livestock care, feed, health considerations, housing, labor, and breeds. Amanda will explain her successes and failures as she grew her farm business. She will also describe her business model and general costs of these livestock operations in an urban environment.  Cost – $10 per class. Register online at http://arapahoe.extension.colostate.edu/agriculture-and-natural-resources/building-farmers/

Urban Agritourism

August 9, 2016 from 5 – 7 pm

7000 Garrison St. Arvada, CO

Beckie and Ken Anderson’s Pioneer Farmsteaders, LLC is a 2 acre agricultural leased farm located at the historic Kennedy Farm Property now owned by the City of Arvada. The land is tilled with draft horses in 40 inch-wide beds 120 feet long which adds an historic flair to the good work being done by Pioneer Farmsteaders. Their produce is distributed as a CSA and from the on-site farm stand. Participants will tour and discuss the farm with Beckie and Ken.

The second half of the workshop will be a presentation by CSU Agricultural Economist, Dawn Thilmany on how to increase profits, exposure and ambiance to a small urban ag venture by incorporating agritourism into your business model. Dawn will discuss agritourism trends, producer issues, producer and traveler data related to agritourism, and how to incorporate agritourism into an urban agriculture business.

Cost – $10 per class. Register online at http://arapahoe.extension.colostate.edu/agriculture-and-natural-resources/building-farmers/

Starting an Urban Farm

August 16, 2016 from 5 – 7 pm

3401 Eudora St, Denver, CO 80207 

Come down to the newest Sprout City Farms community farm at the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-being (MHCD) to learn about how this amazing new farm was envisioned, designed and constructed. You will also hear stories about what Sprout City Farms has learned from starting three urban community farms throughout the Denver Metro Area.

The farm at MHCD is being built this growing season and so it is unique time to come and see how to build a farm from scratch. The tour will touch on farm infrastructure from field to sale. Sprout City Farms will also tell us about how it functions as a thriving non-profit urban farming organization and how this unique partnership between Sprout City Farms and MHCD was formed to realize this new model of urban farming. If you are thinking about starting your own farming educational organization and how to be successful, this tour is not to be missed!

Cost – $10 per class. Register online at http://arapahoe.extension.colostate.edu/agriculture-and-natural-resources/building-farmers/

Submitted to The BARN – BARN Media & the CO Ag News Network by:

Jennifer Cook

Small Acreage Management Coordinator

NRCS/CSU Extension

57 West Bromley Lane

Brighton, CO 80601

303-659-7004 ext. 116

(cell) 717-645-7817

jennifer.cook@colostate.edu

Small Acreage Website:  www.ext.colostate.edu/sam