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2020 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

Click on each class date to register

Pre-registration required on all classes.

Class Feature

Western Meat School
For start-ups & seasoned producers

This 6-week course will cover key topics in production, processing, & marketing to produce high-quality meat, leading to diverse market channels. Learn new ways to manage risk in your meat business and improve your profitability.

The livestock species covered in this course include:

  • Beef & bison
  • Pigs
  • Sheep & Goats
  • We do not cover poultry, but many of the subjects could be applicable to processing & selling poultry

A copy of the textbook “The New Livestock Farmer”, access to all presentations, handouts, a private group listserv, and two optional modules (hog module and meat pricing module) are included in the cost of the class. 

Date: November 4 – December 16, 2020  (Wednesdays, 6:oo pm  – 8:30 pm) Taking Thanksgiving week off.

Cost: $120 / person or $160 / couple or business partners (sharing a book)

Registration closes October 28.

Pre-registration required. Make sure you choose the Colorado Springs location when you enroll.

Scholarships are available for 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth

Contact Michele.Ritchie@ColoState.Edu

Online – Pikes Peak Regional Gardening – Lunch & Learn series of online webinars every Wednesday at noon. Each class is 45-60 minutes.

October 14: History of Victory Gardens/Grow and Give
October 21: Houseplants
October 28: Cool Tools: Sharpening & Maintenance, Favorite Tools & Gift Ideas

Pre-registration required. Registration will close when the class is at capacity.

Click on the date to register for the class.

Webinars are FREE and open to ALL, but you MUST register in advance (same URL, just re-register a few days before each webinar).

Basics of High Altitude Baking – Online

Have you ever been disappointed when your favorite recipe failed to produce expected results when made at higher elevation?  At altitudes above 3,000 feet, recipes may require changes in time, temperature or ingredients to achieve desired results. In this basic workshop participants will learn about the important role that many ingredients play in baking and about possible adjustments to make to when baking your favorite recipes.

Date: October 28, 2020 (Wednesday, 12:00pm – 1:30pm)

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required. Registration closes on October 28, 2020  at 9:00 am. No refunds.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@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

Date: December 9th, 2020 (Wednesday, Noon-2:30pm) – Online

Cost: $40.00 – 3-year certification

Click on the date to register for the class.

Click on the date to register for the class.

Jam Technique Class: Featuring Holiday Jams – Online

Feel confident and proud to give your homemade jams and fruit spreads to your friends during the gift giving season! Wow them with a meal made with specialty items such as: Red Onion Marmalade or Cranberry Orange Chutney.

Learn tested and researched based techniques to safely can jams, jellies, conserves, marmalades and chutney. 

Date: Coming in November

Cost: $10.00

Pre-registration required.

Limited financial scholarships available. Michael.Lucero@ColoState.Edu

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

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.