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2019 El Paso County Extension Classes and Workshops

We offer a variety of classes and hands-on workshops in El Paso County throughout the year. They range from consumer education in home gardening, food preservation, and safety to backyard beekeeping. We also offer workforce certification courses in Cottage Foods, Landscaping and Agriculture business development. Check back often to find classes we are offering at locations throughout the county. 

All classes will be located at the Colorado State University Extension Office (unless otherwise specified)
17 N. Spruce Street
2nd Floor
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

To Register for classes please click here (unless noted otherwise)

Class Feature

Farm Tax Information Class

Optimize Farm Taxes and Your Management Strategies.

How you manage your farm income expenses today will influence the taxes you pay. Record keeping and expense management can lower your tax bill and reduce your chances of being audited.

Topics covered:

  • Farm Business Expenses
  • Reporting Farm Income
  • Farm Office Expenses
  • Farm Records
  • Strategies for Managing Tax Liabilities

March 25, 2019 (Monday) from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm

Cost $ 20.00

Registration closes on March 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Cottage Food Training 

Now offering training to acquire a 3-year certification. Training provides information in:

  • Foods permissable in the Colorado Cottage Foods Act
  • Ingredient labeling requirements
  • Basic Food Safety
  • Temperature control for food preparation
  • Storage, transport and sales
  • Special considerations for food preparation at high altitude

April 16, 2019 (Tuesday) 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
April 24, 2019 (Wednesday) 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
May 6, 2019 (Monday) 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
May 22, 2019 (Wednesday) 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Cost $40.00 (3-year certification)

Mediterranean Diet Workshop

This workshop will help answer your questions about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the diet contribute to health. Will learn how to make fresh, home-made hummus.

April 18, 2019 (Thursday) 10:00 am to 11:30 am
June 13, 2019 (Thursday) 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Cost $10.00

Limited Financial in-need Scholarships available upon request” –

Basics of Food Preservation

An overview of the basics methods of food preservation: canning, freezing and dehydrating. Learn about the equipment needed and best methods for particular foods.

March 21, 2019 (Thursday) 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
April 3, 2019 (Wednesday) 10:00 am to 11:00 am
April 18, 2019 (Thursday) 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost $5.00

Jam Technique Workshop

Learn how to make and preserve flavorful fruit. You will learn tested and researched based techniques to safely can jam. Covers water bath canning to ensure safe preservation.

May 16, 2019 (Thursday) 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
June 11, 2019 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Cost $25.00

“Limited Financial in-need Scholarships Available upon request –

Registration closes on May 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Pre-registration required on all classes.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower’s Training

This course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22 (c). Certification upon completion of the class.

April 4, 2019 (Thursday) 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Registration link:

Cost $15.00 to $50.00- Pre-registration required.


Food and Nutrition classes offered at other locations:

Pikes Peak Library District

East Library –
March 27 (Wednesday) – Food Safety Works Certification (1:00 pm to 2:30 pm)

Fountain Library –
April 30 (Tuesday) – Food Safety Works Certification (4:00 pm to 5:30 pm)

Library 21c
April 6 (Saturday) – Food Safety Works Certification (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)
April 23 (Tuesday) – Intro to Water-Bath Canning (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) Link to register

Sand Creek Library – 
April 29 (Monday) – Food Safety Works Certification (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm)’
May 20 (Monday) – Food Preservation – Pickling (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) Link to register

For all PPLD registrations and cost information please click here. Pre-registration required.