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Back to Basics Food Preservation classes

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County will offer Back to Basics Food Preservation classes.

We are looking for all who are interested in attending beginner food preservation sessions. In February, we will offer four classes where you can learn how to preserve jams and jellies — Feb. 13 at 1 or 6 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 1 or 6 p.m. Each class will also cover basics of spoilage, food borne illnesses, high-altitude adjustments and canning basics.

Contact the Archuleta County CSU Extension Office at 264-5931 or to be added to the class list. Space is limited, so participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

According to the USDA: “Nearly half of the vitamins may be lost within a few days unless the products are cooled or preserved. Within 1 to 2 weeks, even refrigerated produce loses half or more of its vitamins. If handled properly and canned promptly after harvest, preserved food can be more nutritious than fresh produce sold in local stores.”

Beef Cattle Symposium

The 29th annual San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium will be held Feb. 15 at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, 30100 U.S. 160 in Cortez.

Workshop topics will include: Status of the Livestock Industry —“What’s Driving the Cattle Market,” Livestock Marketing Information Center, Leaving a Lasting Legacy, Vaccination Programs and Protocol, Native and Non-Native Poisonous Plants: Identification and Control and Calving Difficulties.

Stop by and pick up your registration form today at the CSU Extension Office.

For more information, call 264-5931 or

Weed Symposium

The 20th annual Four Corners Weed Symposium will be held Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McGee Park in Farmington, N.M. The Weed Symposium is open to everyone who has a desire to learn more about weeds in the Four Corners area.

Continuing Education Credits will be available for both New Mexico and Colorado Participants.

The 2012 Weed Symposium will focus on eradication of noxious weeds in the area. There will be something of interest for everyone who is involved or interested in weed control.

Topics will include: Identification and control of poisonous plants, GPS data collection of specific weeds, updates by both NMDA, as well as CDA on new requirements, Knapweed and Thistle Control, Russian Knapweed Gall Monitoring, updates on programs for invasive weed control in San Juan County and an Agriculture Chemical Update.

Registration is $20 per person if postmarked by Feb. 20, and will include lunch and workshop materials. Late registration will be $25 per person. Please make checks payable to La Plata County Extension and mail to: Four Corners Weed Symposium, San Juan County Extension Office 213-A South Oliver Dr. Aztec, N.M. 87410.

This program is presented by the Colorado State University Extension Offices in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, and Montezuma counties, and the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Office in San Juan County, N.M.

For more information, contact Craig Painter, San Juan County agriculture agent.

Feb. 9 — Colorado Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.

Feb. 9 — Mountain View Homemakers, noon.

Feb. 10 — 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting, 2 p.m.

Feb. 10 — Pathfinders, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 — Painting Group, 10 a.m.

Feb. 13 — Back To Basic Food Preservation class, 1 and 6 p.m.

Feb. 14 — Farm Bureau Public meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 — Mountain High Garden Club, 10 p.m.

Feb. 15 — 4-H Sports Fishing, 4 p.m.

Feb. 16 — Colorado Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.

Feb. 16 — 4-H Market Lamb Project meeting, 5 p.m.

Feb. 16 — 4-H Market Goat Project meeting, 6 p.m.

Feb. 16 — 4-H Market Swine Project meeting, 7 p.m.

Feb. 17 — Pathfinders, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 17 — 4-H Market Swine Project meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 20 — Extension Office closed.

Check out our webpage at for calendar events and information.

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