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High tunnel specialty crop production in Colorado

A webinar on High Tunnel Specialty Crop Production in Colorado will be offered noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

High tunnels can be utilized by any level of grower, backyard to large-scale producers.

Here in Colorado, high tunnels can effectively increase the USDA hardiness zone by two or three zones. This translates to an extended growing season for heat-loving crops such as tomatoes and peppers of at least a month on either end of the growing season.

Cold tolerant vegetables such as spinach can be produced throughout the winter without any supplemental heating using an additional layer of protection of floating row cover within the high tunnel.

This webinar will address high tunnel design considerations, production strategies, and past and current research performed by Colorado State University scientists, as well as a review of national research findings on high tunnel use.

The material will be presented by Dan Goldhamer, research associate for CSU Specialty Crops Program.

To register for this free webinar, go to

Presented by Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

This webinar is an online seminar which can be viewed from any computer with Internet access.

Seed potatoes

The Archuleta County Extension Office is now taking orders for seed potatoes.

There will be two kinds available: Sangre (red) and Yukon Gold (white).

Currently we are charging 40 cents per pound for both species. Those of you who are just starting out and are experimenting, it is our suggestion that you order two to three pounds of each species instead of ordering a whole lot of them. This way you can experiment and see if you like them and then order more next year.

When orders arrive in mid-May at the Extension Office, each person will be contacted to pick up their order.

If you are interested in ordering seed potatoes, please call 264-2388 or stop by the Extension Office.


April 7 — 5:30 p.m., Republican public forum.

April 8 — 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Pathfinders.

April 11 — 10 a.m., Painting Group.

April 11 — 3:45 p.m., 4-H Clothing Project.

April 12 — 6 p.m., 4-H Rocky Mountain Riders.

April 12 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Colorado Kids.

April 13 — 4 p.m., 4-H Sports Fishing.

April 13 — 6 p.m., Western Heritage Committee.

April 13 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Pagosa Peaks.

April 14 — 10 a.m., Mountain View Homemakers.

April 14 — 5 p.m., 4-H Cake Decorating.

April 14 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Shady Pine.

April 15 — 1:45 p.m., 4-H Clover buds.

April 15 — 2 p.m., 4-H Dog Agility.

April 15 — 3 p.m., 4-H Rabbit.

April 15 — 4 p.m., 4-H Turkey.

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