Archuleta County Extension

Colorado State University in Archuleta County is scheduling many exciting new educational programs for 2015. For information on any of these programs, call the Extension office at 970-264-5931.

Energy Master Program

Colorado State University Extension opened registration for its Colorado Energy Master program on Monday, January 5. The program offers participants up to 30 hours of energy education in three different courses covering topics such as energy policy, renewable energy opportunities, transportation alternatives, climate change, and home energy efficiency.  The courses are offered through a mix of online webinars and in-person field trips.  The program is suitable for both those simply curious about our energy system and those who have been learning about energy for years.

Certification as a Colorado Energy Master is optional.  Those wishing to become Colorado Energy Masters complete all coursework and an energy-related project of their choice in their community.  Continuing education units are available for realtors and graduate credits are available for teachers. 

Each of the three courses in the program costs $65 for regular registrants or $35 for aspiring Colorado Energy Masters, students, or teachers.  Discounts are available for those registering for the entire program.  The program runs from February 17 – March 28.  Classes are taught by a mix of CSU professors, Extension agents, and industry professionals.  Registration is open from January 5 – February 10.  For more information and to register, please visit www.ext.colostate.edu/energymaster  or call 264-5931.

“Preserving With Altitude” – Food Preservation Classes
Learn to preserve food at your high altitude home.

Please join the CSU Extension Master Food Safety Advisors (MFSA) of Archuleta County to learn all of the latest recommendations on safely preserving food at home. The MFSAs will offer a series of classes beginning January 29th at 1:00pm or 6:00pm teaching jams and jellies and whole canned fruit on February 26th at 1:00pm or 6:00pm; pickling, freezing and drying on March 26th at 1:00pm or 6:00pm; tomatoes and salsa on April 23rd at 1:00pm or 6:00pm; vegetables and pressure canning on September 26th at 9:00am-4:00pm; and apples on October 24th at 9:00am-4:00pm. The spring classes are 3 hour classes, and the fee is $10 if pre-registered in advance of class date. The fall classes are 6 hour classes and the fee is $20 if pre-registered in advance of class date. Save money by pre-paying $70 for all 6 classes.

Because we all live at high altitude, there are things that we must do to insure that our preserved food is safe. These classes will be great for beginners and advanced preservers. If you are an experienced preserver, I guarantee that you will learn some things that you are doing right and some things that you are doing wrong. When we preserve food incorrectly, we open the window for a food-borne illness. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call the CSU Extension office at 264-5931.

Growing With Altitude – Gardening in mountain communities

Learn from local experts how to be successful gardening at our high altitude and with short growing seasons. Learn the basics of our climate, soil and water, growing vegetables and fruits, identifying beneficial insects, extending the growing season with covered gardens and starting indoors, landscape planting and maintenance and composting.  Classes start March 5 and run each month through September. Cost will be $70 for the entire series or $10/class with pre-registration. Call the Extension office at 264-5931 to get on our email notification list. Registration starts soon.

Cooking With Altitude – Cooking with locally grown, seasonal produce

Learn how to cook with locally produced foods. Watch for this new series of cooking classes using locally grown and seasonal produce. Classes include cooking with spring vegetables, herbal ingredients, unusual vegetables that grow well in Pagosa, cooking with whole grains and much more.  Classes start in May and will run monthly through November. Cost will be $45 for the entire series or $10/class if pre-registered. Watch for more information or call the Extension office at 264-5931 to get on our email notification list.

CPR and First Aid Certification Classes

CPR and First Aid Certification classes are now being offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the 2nd Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6-10 pm. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.  We will also schedule classes on additional dates with 5 or more registrations.  Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/First Aid and $55 for individual CPR or First Aid. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience. Group rates are available. Call the Extension office for information at 264-5931.

Free Radon Awareness Education

Radon in the home is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Learn more about this deadly gas, how to test your home for its presence and what you can do if elevated levels are found. Free radon test kits will be provided to class participants as supplies last. Dates and times are Thursday, January 22 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, March 3 at 1 p.m.  Call the Extension office at 264-5931 to register for this free class.