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Garden success submissions wanted for publication

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County is compiling information concerning vegetable and herb gardening for publication in a new document, “Successful Gardening in Pagosa Country,” which will be available at the Extension Office in the spring of 2011.

We encourage locals to submit entries for this publication to help gardeners be aware of edibles that can be grown in our area.

Information to be collected includes: vegetable name; seed packager; variety name; where planted (raised bed, in ground, grow dome, greenhouse, cold frame, etc.); number of years grown; elevation and aspect would also helpful because of our varying microclimates.

Multiple and single submission forms can be picked up at the Extension Office or obtained online at

Learn about 4-H

Where can kids have fun, participate in exciting hands-on activities and make new friends? Any 4-Her can tell you. 4-H has something for everyone, boys and girls ages 5-18.

Join 4-H to learn about science, engineering, technology, community service, nutrition, exercise and more. In 4-H clubs, camps, in-school and afterschool programs, kids learn leadership, citizenship and life skills while they participate in experiences that prepare them to be successful adults.

Today’s 4-H touches the lives of more than 7 million kids across America in urban, suburban and rural communities.

If you are interested in learning more about 4-H then this is the place to be. There will be goodies for new members enrolling. So join us at the fairgrounds 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, for a great time.

Master Gardener certification

The Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County is now accepting applications for the 2011 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until Dec. 10.

Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more.

The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of 10 classes. Classes start Jan. 27 and will take place at the fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $190 if you intend to volunteer, $550 for a certificate without volunteer time. CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years. 

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, the Colorado Master Gardener program is an ideal volunteer choice. Contact the office at 264-5931 for more information.


Oct. 29 — 4 p.m., 4-H Open House.

Nov. 2 — 6:30 p.m., Colorado Kids Club.

Nov. 4 — 6:30 p.m., Shady Pine Club.

Nov. 5 — 2 p.m., Colorado Mountaineers Club.