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Food preservation class schedule set

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County is offering Back to Basics Food Preservation.

We are looking for all who are interested in attending beginner food preservation classes.

March 26 — Whole Fruit, Canned/Frozen, 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

April 9 and 23 — Pickling/Freezing/Drying, 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

May 7 and 21 — Tomatoes and Salsa, Canned/Frozen/Drying, 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

June 11 and 25 — Vegetables, Pressure Canning, 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Each class will also cover basics of spoilage, food-borne illnesses, high altitude adjustments and canning basics.

Please contact the Archuleta County CSU Extension Office at 264-5931 or to be added to the class list. Space is limited, so it 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 one to two weeks, even refrigerated produce loses half or more of it’s vitamins. If handled properly and canned promptly after harvest, preserved food can be more nutritious than fresh produce sold in local stores.”

4-H youth raising funds

Local 4-H youth have started their annual cookie dough sale.

Every 4-H member participates in selling $12 and $14 tubs of cookie dough to everyone in our community and beyond.

All funds raised will be dispersed between the six different 4-H community clubs and the 4-H Council. They will use it for sending 4-H members to educational programs such as Youth Fest, Leadership Development Conference, Colorado 4-H State Conference and an overnight trip to the State Fair, as well as for Community Service projects, scholarships for 4-H member re-enrollment fees for next year or other individual club projects. 

4-Hers will be selling these great flavors: Triple Chocolate with White and Dark Chips, Snicker Doodle, Monster Cookie, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunks, Chunky Chocolate Chip, Made with M&M’s, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, and White Chocolate Macadamia.

The cookie dough comes in three pound tubs (about 96 half-ounce cookies each) that can be refrigerated or stored in the freezer. The cookie dough can even be eaten raw because it is made with pasteurized eggs instead of raw eggs.

Supporters have until March 23 to order as many tubs as they want. The cookie dough will be delivered starting around April 11 by 4-H youth.

If anyone would like to order cookie dough but cannot find a 4-H member to order from, they should contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 to place an order.


March 16 — 4-H Clover Buds, 1:30 p.m.

March 16 — 4-H Dog Agility, 3 p.m.

March 16 — 4-H Rabbit, 4 p.m.

March 16 — Pathfinders, 6 p.m.

March 19 — Back Country Horseman, 5:30 p.m.

March 20 — 4-H Clothing Construction, 3:45 p.m.

March 20 — 4-H Council meeting, 6 p.m.

March 21 — Mountain High Garden Club, 10 a.m.

March 21 — 4-H Shooting Sports, 4 p.m.

March 22 — Colorado Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.

March 23 — 4-H Clover Buds, 1:30 p.m.

March 23 — Pathfinders, 6 p.m.

Check out our webpage at for calendar events and information.

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