Fall is the perfect time for fun on the farm


    Casper White, Knucklehead, Cinderella and Baby Bear may sound like characters in your favorite story, but they are also varieties of pumpkins. Pumpkins come in an abundance of colors, shapes, sizes and textures, and this is the perfect time to explore local patches to find the one that is right for you.
    To help people experience agriculture in the state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture lists a variety of fall activities online at www.coloradoagritourism.com.
    “When the air gets cooler and leaves change color, families start looking for pumpkin patches and corn mazes,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “There is nothing like walking through a pumpkin patch on a beautiful fall Colorado day, hoping to find that perfect gourd.”
    Online resources include a list featuring corn mazes across the state as well as harvest festivals and pumpkin patches. The site also lists farmers markets, bird-watching trails, wineries, breweries, agricultural festivals, ranch vacations and more.
    Pumpkin picking tips: When selecting your pumpkin, choose a gourd that is heavy for its size, clean, well-shaped with no cracks in the rind and avoid those with soft spots or decay. More than just a beautiful decoration, pumpkins are nutritious. They are fat-free, sodium-free, a good source of vitamin C and an excellent source of Vitamin A.
    For more information, visit www.coloradoagritourism.com or call (303) 869-9175.
    4-H open house
    The 4-H open house is Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Extension office. Enrollment is now open. Come learn how you can be a part of the fun with Archuleta County 4-H.
    CPR and first aid classes
    CPR and first aid certification classes are offered monthly by the CSU Extension office on the second Monday and Wednesday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Anyone needing to receive or renew certification can register by calling the Extension office at 264-5931.
    We will also attempt to schedule classes on additional dates with five or more registrations.
    Cost for the classes is $80 for combined CPR/first aid and $55 for CPR, first aid or recertification. The type of first aid information provided will vary by the needs of the audience.
    Master Gardener program
    The Colorado Master Gardeners program will start in January. More information will come.
    More information
    Colorado State University Extension is your local university community connection for research-based information about natural resource management; living well through raising kids, eating right and spending smart; gardening and commercial horticulture; the latest agricultural production technologies and community development. Extension 4-H and youth development programs reach more than 100,000 young people annually.