Christine earned her B.S. Biology at Calvin College in 2008 and her M.S. Botany at Colorado State University in 2011. She says... "I am an avid outdoors person, especially skiing and mountain biking. I enjoy hiking and looking at native plants. I also enjoy baking, working on house projects and working in the garden. Before Extension, I coordinated lab courses at CSU for five years, worked one season with the National Park Service, and two years in environmental consulting." We're thrilled to welcome Christine to our Tri-River Area CSU Extension Team!
*FEATURED SPOTLIGHT* DID YOU KNOW? ...
Colorado Master Gardeners are HERE FOR YOU! Contact your local Extension office to speak with a Colorado Master Gardener about your gardening and lawn care questions … get FREE EXPERT ADVICE from qualified Colorado Master Gardeners who are familiar with gardening in your area!
What Do Colorado Master Gardeners Do?
They assist Colorado State University Extension staff in delivering research-based gardening information to foster successful gardening in Colorado communities for non-commercial clients. They provide services such as:
- Plant and insect identification
- House calls to address specific landscape problems for a nominal fee
- Advice on plant selection
- Diagnostics and advice on weeds, insects, disease management & safe pesticide use
- Proper pruning techniques
- Water and fertility management in the landscape
- Organic gardening approaches
- Lawn care
- Growing fruits & vegetables
- Master gardeners are also available for presentations and information booths at events
Time is running out! Sale Ends April 15th. Pick-up day is May 1st and is the ONLY day orders can be picked up. Be sure to pick-up your seedling plants & trees in the same County where you placed your order.
- Low-cost seedling trees and shrubs are provided each year by the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) for homeowners to use as windbreaks, re-vegetation, wildlife habitat, etc. They cannot be re-sold. Get your order in as soon as possible for the best selection.
- We are also offering Perennial Wildflowers and Ornamental Grasses. You can mix and match a flat of 30 wildflowers and ornamental grasses (in groups of five) or purchase in large pots.
- To see current inventory, visit the Forest Service website at https://csfs.colostate.edu/seedling-tree-nursery/seedling-nursery-inventory/
Southwest Arbor Fest in Grand Junction
- Saturday, April 27, 2019 - All Day Event
- Lincoln Park, 12th St & Gunnison Ave, Grand Junction
We will have a Master Gardener Booth 11am – 2pm to provide information on tree planting, watering and care. There will be many fun activities for all ages throughout the day! Special Events requiring tickets will include Mac & Cheese Cook-Off competition and Colorado Craft Beer Expo. The Southwest Arbor Fest happens at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction (12th Street & Gunnison Avenue).
EXTENSION programs & SEASONAL TOPICS
HORTICULTURE & Master Gardener
Susan Carter: TRA Extension Horticulture Agent
Christine Prins: TRA Horticulture Program Associate/Master Gardener Coordinator
SEASONAL TOPIC: Colorado Gardening - Challenge to Newcomers
Almost everyone agrees, gardening in Colorado can be challenging! Newcomers to Colorado often have trouble getting plants to survive, let alone thrive.
Winter cold is not the only factor that determines plant survival. Low humidity, drying winds and physical properties of the soil also influence how well plants perform here. CLICK BELOW for more info! And be sure to enter our Spring "Community Contest" for a chance to WIN a FREE SOIL TEST! Contest details listed above.
Horticulture & gardening events:
CSU Extension's Seedling Plant Program Pick-Up Day is May 1, 2019!!
If you've placed an order, May 1st is the ONLY pick-up day for our SEEDLING TREE & PLANTS PROGRAM. Please plan on picking up your trees and plants during the pick-up hours for your county. Look for a "Reminder Post Card" coming to your mailbox in April. For planting and care recommendations, contact Susan Carter at Susan.Carter@colostate.edu or call the Extension office at 970-244-1834. You can also find more information on our website at https://tra.extension.colostate.edu/Gardening-Hort/Seedling-Tree-Sales
3rd Annual "Demonstration Day"
- Saturday, May 18, 2019
- 9:00am - 1:00pm
- Mesa County Fairgrounds (behind CSU Extension office) at 2775 Hwy 50, Grand Junction
- *FREE EVENT*
Colorado State University Extension is hosting the “3rd Annual Demo Day”. Come join the fun! This is a free event & fun for the whole family!
*FREE* Gardening Seminar Series in Montrose
- Tuesday Evenings 6:30pm - 8:00pm
- March 12 thru April 30
- Montrose Library Meeting Room
- This eight session series covers many important aspects of gardening in the Uncompahgre Valley.
- Each session will concentrate on a different topic. Topics will include: seed starting inside, seed starting outside, hands-on outdoor planning, early season activities and challenges, growing season activities and challenges, late season activities and fall harvesting, improving soil health and investing in your future, and trees.
- Time will be available for specific questions and discussion of your situation.
- Participants may attend the entire series or only those sessions that are of special interest for their gardening situation.
Livestock, RANGE, SMALL Acreage MANAGEMENT, Agronomy
Doug Dean: Area Extension Director / Livestock & Range Management Agent
Seth Urbanowitz: Area Extension Agent, Agronomy
The "2019 Food and Farm Forum Presentations" are now available as documents online. Check out what you missed or review your favorite sessions by clicking here:
SEASONAL TOPIC: Crop Water Use & Growth Stages
No-Till and Cover Crop Tour in Grand and Uncompahgre Valleys
CSU-Extension, area conservation districts and NRCS personnel will be holding a no-till and cover crop tour in the Grand and Uncompahgre valleys in early to mid-spring. We will visit local farms and the experiment station to discuss research and practices being implemented by farmers in the area. Stay tuned for more information.
Food & Health
Ann Duncan: Area Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Science
Montrose, Mesa, Delta & Ouray Counties · CSU Extension Family and Consumer Science in the Tri-River Area provides research based knowledge in home economics, nutrition, preservation and much more.
SEASONAL TOPIC: 10 Healthy Tips to Increase Energy Levels this Spring
If you've noticed that your energy dips after lunch or you are tired during the day, it may be time to incorporate some healthy habits into your daily routine to increase your energy. Click here for the 10 tips:
Ways to Get Involved:
Keep an eye out for our future Canning Classes, Nutrition/Wellness Classes, Food Safety Classes and Fun Cooking Classes! Check-out our website for class schedules and lots of other great food & health tips at: https://tra.extension.colostate.edu/family-and-consumer-science/fcs-links/
- Learn about how we are increasing high quality produce availability and consumption through the Community Alliance for Hunger Relief, click here:
Recurring food safety training classes:
ServSafe® Certification Classes
- Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Grand Junction
- Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in Montrose
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 currently 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 is on a first come first serve basis, and closes 30 days in advance of class date in order to allow the recommended amount of time to study the comprehensive information necessary, prior to taking the exam at class.
$140 Registration includes: ServSafe® Coursebook with scan-tron examination sheet included, 7.5 hours of ServSafe® training on class date, followed by a 1.5 hour proctored exam. Catered lunch will also be provided. Advance registration is required at least 30 days in advance of class date. Register by calling the Extension office at (970) 249-3935.
Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers
Bringing Your Food Product to Market
- September 24th, 2019 Class in Grand Junction
- Mid-October 2019 Class in Delta (watch for date to be determined)
Learn to safely produce food from home for a Cottage Food Business. This class will have an overview of the Colorado Cottage Foods Act, teach basic food safety, ingredient labeling requirements, and special considerations for food preparation at high altitude. Class is 9:30am-1pm and must meet a minimum enrollment of 10 people. $25/per person and advance registration is required by calling the Extension office at (970) 249-3935.
FOOD SAFETY WORKS TRAINING
"Food Safety Works" is a course we offer 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 the Tri-River Area Extension office at 970-249-3935.
Agriculture & Business Management
Jenny Beiermann: Regional Extension Specialist - Agriculture & Business Management Economist
SEASONAL TOPIC: Custom Rates Survey and Crop Enterprise Budgets
Here is a link to the 2018 Custom Rates Survey that is now available on the ABM website. http://www.wr.colostate.edu/ABM/custrates.shtml
Meredith Shrader: Area Extension Agent, Entomology
Melissa Franklin: Entomology Research Associate
SEASONAL TOPIC: Nuisance Wasps and Bees
Please 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:
Train-the-Trainer: Respiratory Safety & Fit Testing Workshop
- Tuesday, April 2, 2019
- 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction
Individuals can learn about respirators, how to choose one, proper usage and maintenance to comply with OSHA respiratory standards. If anyone is using a pesticide that requires a respirator, they must have a Respirator Safety Program. This program will provide the information they need as well as train attendees on how to conduct a fit test properly.
Watch for future Pesticide Management Workshops
CSU Extension periodically offers pesticide re-certification and training for both private and commercial pesticide applicators. These programs offer continuing education credits. Approximately 12 of these workshops have been offered thus far. Watch our websites and Facebook pages for postings of future events!
Checkout the following attendee survey results from our most recent pesticide management workshop in February 2019:
- What type of licensing do you hold? 83% Private; 14% Commercial; 3% none
- Where do you apply? 85% Farm; 15% Rural <10,000 people
- Did the programming content meet expectations? 97% yes; 3% no
- Rate the program in terms of content. 34% excellent; 66% very good
- How useful will this program be in your operation? 37% completely; 63% somewhat
- Will you make changes in your operation as a result of this program? 66% yes; 12% no; 22% maybe
- Will you share the information presented with? 91% 1-3 people; 9% more than 3 people
- How did you hear about this program? 53% newspaper; 29% another person; 9% mail (newsletter?); 4% social media; 5% other
TRI-RIVER AREA 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Melissa Tabke: Mesa County Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent
Jackie Shea: Delta County Extension 4-H Youth Development Agent/STEM
Brandon Creamer: Montrose & Ouray Extension 4-H Program Associate
Enrollment is open now through May 1st!
- Mesa County: (970) 244-1834
- Delta County: (970) 874-2195
- Montrose/Ouray County: (970) 249-3935
4-H Enrollment Deadline is May 1, 2019! We'd like to welcome all NEW & RETURNING 4-H members who have enrolled so far this year! 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Our 4-H agents are looking forward to another year full of fun and memorable experiences. Contact your local county TRA 4-H office for more information on the many TRA 4-H programs available. These children are our future! Consider becoming a 4-H Volunteer!
Call your local Extension office for more information about your county’s 4-H Program or visit our web page at www.tra4h.org. We look forward to meeting you in the near future!
Some Thoughts from Melissa Tabke on 4-H Project Work...
The 2019 4-H year is already heating up. 4-H members have already started working on projects. What really defines a good 4-H project? Dena Wise, Professor and Consumer Economics Specialist from University of Tennessee Extension, defines a good project in these ways:
- It involves real engagement and learning in the project. As a state specialist, I hope I share an interest in and passion for my subject area with the 4-H'ers in the project, and that is what I want to read about in their portfolios. Leadership, citizenship, and community service may be icing on the cake, but good, solid discovery and learning of concepts related to my academic discipline is what I long to find in those portfolio pages.
- It demonstrates personal initiative. It is good to participate in a project activity that an agent, a 4-H leader, or a parent has organized, but the gold standard in project work is pro-activity on the part of the 4-H'er rather than passive participation in something someone else has planned. Project objectives, conceived and written by the 4-H'er, set up the plan for learning, and participation in research and concrete learning activities solidly related to those objectives should follow.
- It clearly indicates what learning has taken place. Participation in competitions, activities, and events do not by themselves document learning. "I learned" summary statements that meet the objectives set by the 4-H'er for the project year do, and those statements need to be meaningful and complete.
- It shows project growth from year to year. Each year's learning objectives - set by the 4-H'er and guided by his or her personal interests - build on what was learned the year before. Each successive year's learning takes the 4-H'er into a deeper and broader understanding of the concepts related to one or more aspects of the project. Ideally, by the fifth or sixth year, a 4-H member should have enough knowledge and preparation in his or her project. to seamlessly move into college research and independent study in a related discipline.
Are we encouraging good project work in 4-H members? Are leaders and parents? Are we encouraging 4-H’ers to do their own projects, guided by parents and leaders? 4-H programs were founded on “Learning by Doing” ideals. Encouraging experiential learning, rather than winning a ribbon at the county fair is really what 4-H is about. Don’t get me wrong, county and state fairs are incredible opportunities that 4-H’ers have to show off what they have learned and accomplished, to be rewarded for their hard work or to say “I can do it better next year.” I encourage you to read the full article and reflect on the 4-H programs in your community, whether you are an agent, a club leader, a mentor, or a 4-H member. ~ Melissa
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