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Colorado State University Extension operates in partnership with the El Paso County Community Services Division to provide non-credit programming to local citizens.

Local Food Systems

Colorado State University Extension in El Paso County is addressing the need for improved technical assistance for smaller, more diversified producers who engage in a variety of innovative production practices and marketing channels by providing education and networking opportunities. CSU Extension seeks to support producers and processors by engaging the community in discussions around the interface between food and agricultural issues, as well as the broader social issues of public health, food safety, the environment and community development.

In El Paso County, the Local Foods Program offers the Colorado Building Farmers program, FOODSHED Ed. workshops, food preservation workshops, food safety classes, and the Cottage Foods Certification training in support of local agriculture related enterprises.

Local Foods Program Coordinator
Michele Ritchie

17 N Spruce St.
Colorado Springs, Co 80905

FOODSHED Ed. Workshops



Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.