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Seed mix orders being taken

The San Juan Conservation District is offering local landowners the opportunity to purchase a variety of seed mixtures for different conservation uses such as erosion control, weed suppression, and grazing land improvement.

These mixtures have been specially developed to provide a ground cover that requires very little watering. Consider these mixes for establishing vegetation around newly constructed homes or for improving pasture condition.

A Native Grass Mixture, Dryland Pasture Mix, Native Wildflower Mix and a Wildlife Mix are available. Erosion control blankets are also being offered.

Orders are being taken until Sept. 12. The seed will be available to pick up on Oct. 1.

Need an order form? Contact the San Juan CD at 731-3615 or stop by at 505A CR 600 (next to Piedra Automotive).

Agritourism

From spending a week working cattle on a ranch to getting lost in a corn maze, agritourism activities are popping up across the state.

To help farmers and ranchers learn more about agritourism, a workshop is scheduled for Sept. 11, in Grand Junction, Colo.

“Agritourism is a growing segment of the agriculture industry in Colorado and across the nation,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “This workshop is an opportunity for producers to learn about agritourism and see if it is a viable concept for their operation.”

According to a survey conducted by Colorado State University, in 2006 13.2 million visitors experienced agritourism in Colorado, with a total economic impact of $2.2 billion.        

“We wanted to host a workshop on the Western Slope because producers are excited about exploring agritourism as a way to diversify,” said Kathy Kimbrough, president of the Lavender Association of Western Colorado. “Our lavender growers are looking for ways to draw people to their farms.”

The full-day workshop is at the Mesa County Fairgrounds in Grand Junction. The registration fee is $25 per person, which includes lunch and resource materials. The registration deadline is Sept. 7. The workshop features sessions on liability, identifying markets, managing risk, community and regulatory issues, and a panel discussion with agritourism business owners.

The workshop is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University and the Lavender Association of Western Colorado. For more information or to register, visit www.coloradoagritourism.com.

Calendar

Sept. 2 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine Club.

Sept. 3 — 2 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers Club.

Sept. 3 — 3:15 p.m., 4-H Goat meeting.

Sept. 6 — Office closed.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.