TRA CSU Extension Spring Seasonal newsletter

Did You Know?

Your compost should reach 145 degrees F in order to kill pathogens and weed seeds! Read more information from our fact sheet: Choosing a Soil Amendment

Colorado Climate center

Stay up to date on drought with the Colorado Climate Center!

2018 Food and Farm Forum Presentations are now available as documents online. Check out what you missed or review your favorite sessions at http://www.foodfarmforum.org/2018-presentations/


Submit a picture of a recent blooming flower/plant and have a chance to win a 10" All-Pro Digging Wilcox Trowel!

This trowel is a handy, all-around digger for gardening!

To submit your picture please email traextension@gmail.com

Submission deadline: May 19th, 2018

In your email please include the following:

First and Last Name

County You Live In

Phone Number or Email

Your Recent Blooming Flower/Plant Picture

Congratulations to Stephanie for winning last seasons contest! We hope you enjoy your So Easy to Preserve recipe book!

TRA Upcoming Events

Fruita CO-OP Farm and Ranch Days

March 10, 2018- Come check out all the booths and visit our Master Gardeners from 9AM- 3PM.

All About Ash Class

Botany 101 Class

April 10th- Learn basic botany terms and introduction to keying and botany families. Class will be located at Mesa County Fairgrounds from 6pm-8pm. Another class will be held on May 7th, from 6pm-8pm at the Montrose County Fairgrounds. $10 registration is required. Call 970-244-1834 to register. Note- IF you are taking Native Plant Masters Courses (see below), this class will be free of charge!

Range Seminar Series

Remaining dates-

  • March 14th: Nutrition and Mastering the Animal Diet at the Montrose Public Library Meeting Room (6:00PM)
  • April 5th: Goal Setting and Grass Management at the Montrose Public Library Meeting Room (6:00PM)

Rose Pruning

April 16th- A hands on learning class on how to properly prune roses. Rose pruning will take place at the Mesa County Office (2775 Hwy 50, Grand Junction, CO). Lincoln Park and Montrose dates are to be determined. Contact Susan Honea for more information. 970-244-1834 or susan.honea@colostate.edu Cost $5.00


April 21st- Join us for the 16th annual Southwest Arbor Fest, Saturday, April 21st! The city of Grand Junction will have drawings for 50 potted trees for a minimal fee, as well as have some seedlings for free! We will have a Master Gardener Booth for tree information. There will be many fun activities for all ages! Located at Lincoln Park, Grand Junction (12th Street & Gunnison Avenue)

Native Plant Master Program

Participants in Native Plant Master courses learn identification, ecology and human uses of selected Colorado plants, emphasizing sustainable landscaping and invasive weeds. Watch this short clip explaining the Native Plant Masters Program, featuring our Horticulture Agent, Susan Carter!

We still have a few spots open at each class site. In order to receive full credit, you must attend all 3 days of courses at one of the below sites. We highly recommend taking Botany 101 (see above) prior to these courses.

  • Colorado National Monument- Saturday mornings, April 21, 28 and May 5
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison- Fridays, June 1, 8, 15 (10 AM – 2 PM)
  • Grand Mesa- Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 (10 AM – 2 PM)

Contact Susan Carter at 970-244-1834 or susan.carter@colostate.edu for an application.

Demonstration Day

May 19th- Join us for this outdoor event with Master Gardeners, Native Plant Masters, Green Industry Businesses and other partners performing demonstrations and guiding free tours of our gardens. Booth space and public attendance is free. Also, there will be Master Gardener items and green industry items for sale! Held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds behind the Extension office. 2775 Hwy 50 (9AM – 1PM) Contact Susan Carter for a booth at 970-244-1834 or email susan.carter@colostate.edu.

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Bringing Your Food Product to Market

Learn to safely produce food from home for a Cottage Food Business. This class will have an overview of Colorado Cottage Foods Act, teach basic food safety, ingredient labeling requirements, and special considerations for food preparation at high altitude. ($25 pre-registration is required!)

  • April 11: Business Incubator, Grand Junction (9AM-Noon)
  • May 16: First Baptist Church, Delta (9AM-Noon)
  • June 5: Ouray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway (4PM-9PM)

ServSafe Certification

What is ServSafe? ServSafe is a nationally recognized course developed by the National Restaurant Association as a comprehensive treatment of the subject of food safety.

Who should attend? Food Service Managers who are not certified by an accredited Food Safety Course. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state that a manager needs to be on hand who has passed a certified food safety program. Class space is limited. Registration, first come first serve basis.

Training times: 8am-5pm (Pre-registration is required 30 days in advance)

  • March 28: Montrose County Fairgrounds, Montrose
  • May 23: First Baptist Church, Delta

Food Safety Works

Food Safety Works is a course for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling. We offer this class on an as needed basis. To schedule a private group training for your business, contact TRA Extension at 970-249-3935.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule PSA Grower Training Course

This course will provide a foundation on FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

March 26- Training will be hosted in Delta, Colorado and is scheduled from 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Registration closes March 23rd.

4H Enrollment!

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Contact your local TRA 4H office for more info on the TRA 4h programs!

Montrose/Ouray: 970-249-3935 Delta: 970-874-2195 Mesa: 970-244-1834

Montrose & Ouray Back to 4-H Night

Program Areas: Seasonal Topics

Master Gardener & Horticulture

Susan Carter: Area Extension Agent, Horticulture

Susan Honea: TRA Horticulture Coordinator

Seasonal Topic: Training and Pruning Fruit Trees

Gardeners with a few backyard fruit trees should consider pruning this month prior to bud break or foliage. On peach trees, wait till after bloom to prune to help prevent cytosphora infections. Avoid pruning just before a heavy freeze as this can create internal injury and reduce the overall health of the tree.

Spray dormant oil on fruit trees and any other plants that may have overwintering insects or eggs on the plants. This will smother them and prevent more issues later. Always read the label when using any product in the landscape and garden.

Livestock, Acreage, Agronomy

Doug Dean: Area Extension Director – TRA

Isaac Munoz: TRA Extension Small Acreage Management Agent

John Rizza: Ext Specialist – Small Acreage Management Specialist/NRCS

Seth Urbanowitz: Area Extension Agent, Agronomy

Seasonal Topic: Crop Water Use and Growth Stages

Food & Health

Ann Duncan: Area Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Science

Keep an eye out for our: Canning Classes, Nutrition/Wellness Classes, and Fun Cooking Classes!

Seasonal Topic: Eat Yogurt For A Healthy Gut!

Agriculture & Business Management

Jenny Beiermann: Regional Extension Specialist- Agriculture & Business Management Economist

Coming Soon:

Annie’s Project: Risk Management Education for Farm and Ranch Women

For more information visit: https://www.anniesproject.org/

If you’re interested in participating or hosting this event, please let Jenny know! jenny.beiermann@colostate.edu

Be on the lookout in April for Financial Literacy 101 Workshop

  • Specific Date: TBD
  • Location: Technical College of the Rockies in Delta
  • Sponsored by Bank of Colorado

Seasonal Topic: Custom Rates Survey and Crop Enterprise Budgets


Meredith Shrader: Area Extension Agent, Entomology

Seasonal Topic: Nuisance Wasps and Bees

Don’t hurt the bees! Call Western Colorado Beekeepers Association who can safely remove them. Please call 970-812-0080. To visit their website please click on the following link: http://www.westerncoloradobeekeepersassociation.org/

TRA 4-H Program

Trent Hollister: Mesa County Extension Agent (4-H Youth Development)

Jackie Shea: Delta County Extension 4-H Program Associate

Brandon Creamer: Montrose & Ouray Extension 4-H Program Associate

Nicole Goza: Montrose & Ouray Extension 4-H Program Associate

Enrollment is open now through May 1st! Contact Delta: 874-2195, Mesa: 244-1834, or Montrose/Ouray: 249-3935 for more information about your county’s 4-H Program or visit us at our web page www.tra4h.org. We look forward to meeting you in the near future!

STEM & K-12

Barbara Shaw: Regional Extension Specialist – STEM

Nicole Goza: 4H Associate


Embryology is a fun, rewarding and educational project! The study of embryos is a great way to observe the development of life in just three short weeks by hatching chickens right in your classroom. The project provides numerous opportunities for young children to learn the value of life through their observations, as well as information about chickens, eggs and embryonic development.

Extension Calendar

  • March 4, 2018- Delta 4-H Beef and Pork Roast (11:30am-3:00pm)
  • March 10, 2018- Fruita COOP Farm and Ranch Days (9am-3pm)
  • March 14, 2018- Nutrition and Mastering the Animal Diet at the Montrose Public Library Meeting Room (6:00pm)
  • March 15, 2018- Back to 4-H Night at Montrose County Fairgrounds (5pm-8pm)
  • March 21, 2018- All About Ash Class at the Mesa County Fairgrounds (9am-2:30pm)
  • March 26, 2018- FSMA Produce Safety Rule PSA Grower Training Course in Delta (7:30am-5:30pm)
  • March 28, 2018- ServSafe training at Montrose County Fairgrounds (8am-5pm)
  • April 5, 2108- Goal Setting and Grass Management at the Montrose Public Library Meeting Room (6:00pm)
  • April 10, 2018- Botany 101 Class (6pm-8pm)
  • April 11, 2018- Cottage Foods Producers Class at Grand Junction Business Incubator (9am-noon)
  • April 13-15, 2018- 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training in Grand Junction
  • April 16, 2018- Rose Pruning at Mesa County Office and Lincoln Park
  • April 20, 2018- LAST DAY to order seedling plants through our collaborative sale with CSFS!
  • April 20-22- 4-H District 10 Retreat
  • April 21, 2018- Arbor Fest (10am-2pm)
  • April 28, 2018- Native Plant Masters Class
  • May 1, 2018- LAST DAY to enroll for 4-H!
  • May 2, 2018- Pick up day for seedling trees for all Tri River Area offices. If you ordered seedlings, look for a postcard reminder with details.
  • May 5, 2018- Native Plant Masters Class
  • May 7, 2018- Botany 101 Class (6pm-8pm)
  • May 16, 2018- Cottage Food Producers Class at First Baptist Church in Delta (9am-noon)
  • May 19, 2018- Demonstration Day at Mesa County Fairgrounds (9am-1pm)
  • May 23, 2018- ServSafe training at First Baptist Church in Delta (8am-5pm)
We're Here For You

Tri River Area Colorado State University Extension

Call your local office to see what we can assist you with today!

Mesa: 970-244-1834 Delta: 970-874-2195 Montrose & Ouray: 970-249-3935

Be sure to check out our website and follow us on Social Media!

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