Annie’s Project Pagosa retreat announced


    Agricultural ventures for women are generating a cultural tide in American agriculture that is moving management, assets and opportunities to a new wave of farmers across the country. At Annie’s Project courses, farm and ranching women become empowered to be better business partners or sole operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.
    The Annie’s Project Pagosa Retreat is an 18-hour course that is a discussion-based workshop bringing women together to learn from experts in production, financial management, human resources, marketing and the legal field. There’s plenty of time for questions, sharing, reacting and connecting with presenters and fellow participants. It’s a relaxed, fun and dynamic way to learn, grow and meet other farm and ranch women.
    No matter what your agricultural venture is, or if you are new or experienced, understanding the five areas of agricultural risk and knowing how to navigate them is vital. Learning them in a friendly environment where questions and discussion are welcomed allow the learning process to flourish.
    With generous support from local sponsors, this 18-hour course is very affordable. The cost for the course is $75 per person, which includes meals, a workbook and support materials for all sessions. Course size is limited to 35 participants, so please sign up as an interested person in the program.
    Annie’s Project courses have successfully reached more than 9,000 women in agriculture in 33 states.
    Linda, an Annie’s Project alumna said, “I took the class to gain a better understanding about agribusiness and how financial decisions impact our farm operation. I have a better understanding of balance sheets and the futures market … this class has improved communication with my spouse on concerns he works with on a daily basis.”
    The program will be held at the CSU Extension office at 344 U.S. 84 in Pagosa Springs on Feb. 28 from noon to 7:30 p.m. (lunch and dinner provided), continue on March 1 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) and will wrap up on March 2 from 8 to 11 a.m.
    For more information about the Annie’s Project Pagosa Retreat, contact the CSU Extension office at 264-5931. This educational program is made available through Colorado State University Extension and partners.
    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.