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2022 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. 

CSU Extension El Paso County Office
17 N. Spruce Street
2nd Floor
Colorado Springs, CO 80905


Click on each class date to register


Pre-registration required on all classes.


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Duckwood Community Gardens

Now accepting applications for the Duckwood Community Gardens. For more information please go here or email Irene.Shonle@colostate.edu.



Cottage Foods Food Safety Certification – Online

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

  • Foods permissible 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

Dates:

August 8, 2022 at 10am-1:30pm
September 26, 2022 at 11am-2:30pm
October 19, 2022 at 10am-1:30pm

November 7, 2022 at 10am-1:30pm

Cost: $50.00 – 3-year certification

Click on the date to register for the class. No refunds.


Mediterranean Diet Workshop

Colorado State University Extension has created a workshop focusing on the Mediterranean diet. This workshop will answer questions about key characteristics of the Mediterranean lifestyle and how foods in the diet contribute to health. Plus, you will learn how to make fresh home-made hummus and try a delicious sample. After attending this workshop, you will have strategies to incorporate these foods and habits into your life.

Date: June 1st – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on May 31 at 12:00 pm. No refunds.


Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Colorado State University Extension in El Paso County will be hosting a virtual Emergency Preparedness webinar on June 9, 2022. Topics will include: Animal & Livestock Emergency Preparedness, Access & Functional Needs, Before & After Defensible Space Before a Disaster and Food Safety Clean-Up After a Disaster. Presenters include:

Robin Adair-Pikes Peak Regional Office of Emergency Management

Sadie Martinez-Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Michele Ritchie-Colorado State University Extension in El Paso County, Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Delegate

Date: June 9, 2022 from 6-9 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Cost: Free!

Please register no later than June 8, 2022 at 12 pm. Link will be sent to participants before webinar.


Introduction to Water Bath Canning Workshop

From preserving your garden harvest to putting up locally purchased produce, canning is a great way to preserve the season’s bounty. Unlike baking, home canning requires knowledge of the science behind food preservation. In this introductory class, participants will learn about the risk of botulism, an overview of proper techniques, and a review of the proper tools for canning.

After attending this class you will be able to safely can high acid foods such as fruit, salsa, pickles, tomatoes, jams, jellies and more. 

Dates:

June 9th – 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on June 7th at 5:00 pm. No refunds.

July 19th – 11am to 1:30pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on July 17th at 5:00 pm. No refunds.


Jam and Canning Basics Workshop

Making fruit spreads such as jam is fun and enjoyable! In this workshop you will learn how to make and preserve flavorful fruit into sugar jam. You will learn tested and researched based techniques to safely process jams. Covers water-bath canning basics to ensure safe preservation.

To find out about more classes visit: epcextension.eventbrite.com

Date: June 28th – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on June 27, 2022, at 12:00 pm. No refunds.


Home Food Preservation: Salsa Workshop

Learn how to make salsa in our hands-on class and take a jar home! Salsa can be a fun and easy way to preserve tomatoes to enjoy all year. You will receive tested and reviewed salsa recipes that mix low acidic foods such as onions and peppers with acidic foods such as tomatoes. 

Date: June 30th – 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on June 27 at 12p.m. No refunds.

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022 – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on August 2 at 12 pm. No refunds.


Home Food Preservation: Pickling Technique Workshop

If you love pickled vegetables and summer relish, come learn how to make your own. You will learn how to safely water bath can pickles, relish, salsa and chutney. 

Spaces are limited.

Date: July 6 – 11:00am to 1:00pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on July 5, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. No refunds.


Introduction to Pressure Canning

From preserving your garden harvest to putting up locally purchased produce, canning is a great way to preserve the season’s bounty. Home canning requires knowledge of the science behind food preservation. In this introductory class, participants will learn about the risk of botulism, an overview of proper techniques, and a review of the proper tools for pressure canning foods. Learn the steps to safely and confidently pressure can low acid foods such as vegetables, meats, soups and much more.

Date: August 11- 11:00am to 2:30pm

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on August 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm. No refunds.


Food Safety Works Certification –
Online/Self-guided: Free

The Food Safety Works safe food handler certificate training teaches entry-level food workers how to safely handle, prepare and store food. This certification is taught online and is self-guided. Participants with a passing score receive a safe food handler certificate valid for two (2) years.

Benefits for Food Service Workers:

  • Increase in confidence and motivation to handle food safely.
  • Improve knowledge and awareness of ways to prevent foodborne illness.
  • Valued by employers.
  • Great incentives towards job promotions.
  • Benefits for your business.
  • Take pride in being proactive in preventing foodborne illness.
  • Increase consumer confidence – show that you value safety.
  • Increase employee pride and teamwork in serving food.
  • Increase likelihood of improved inspections.

Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite which will have the website address and password to access the Food Safety Works Certification materials. You can download presentation slides, watch training video, and access link to exam. Once exam is completed and scored you will receive an email with your certificate valid for 2 years.

Registration is on-going and class can be started and completed anytime for FREE.

Date: Anytime


Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

Testing your pressure canner dial gauge annually is vital in keeping your pressure canned products safe. Gauges that read high cause under-processing and may result in unsafe food. Low readings cause over-processing.

You can purchase your pressure canner gauge testing with or without The Complete Guide to Home Canning USDA Book.

Brands that can be tested: National, Magic Seal, Maid of Honor, and Presto

After you have purchased a ticket you will be contacted to schedule a time for testing at the El Paso County Extension Office located in Colorado Springs.

Date: Anytime

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.