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The San Miguel Basin Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: 4-H/Youth Development, Ag/Local Food, Gardening, Natural Resources and Home, Family & Health.

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Seed Saving Class

Date: October 23rd,
9 am till 3 pm. 
$10 or donation (to cover speaker costs)
@Lone Cone Library, Norwood. Bring seeds to share!

This class is to educate about the importance of locally adapted seeds in a local food system and will support the San Miguel Basin Regional Seed Library.  We need more local seed-savers! 

Instructors are Yvette Henson, SMB CSU Extension and local Colorado Master Gardeners, Robin Young, CSU Extension Archuleta County and Laura Parker, owner of High Desert Seed Company in Colona.

The morning session will be at Norwood Lone Cone Library from 9 am till noon. We will cover basics and have some hands-on activities. Then @ lunch we will seed swap and from 12:30 till 3 pm we’ll do seed processing demonstrations will be at the Norwood Community Garden .  Bring your own lunch and seeds to share.

Call 970-327-4393,  Email: Please register in advance so we can get a count.

Virtual Garden TourStarting Week of October 4th

Virtual Local Veggie Garden Tour – will be on our Facebook page rather than a live Zoom.  We will post 1-3 videos a week of individual local gardens beginning the week of October 4th.   “Like” our page and sign up for notifications or check daily.    You will be able to ask questions in the comments.  We will respond within a few days!


Hooray! A RAD Workshop is on the horizon.
We are pleased to announce that we have a new RAD IN-PERSON workshop to offer.
RAD will be teaching over Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 19-21st about water management strategies with a focus on drylands as well as with properties that have unique water regulations. If you have a farm, ranch or homestead that could benefit from more water security, this event’s for you!

Mark Shepard will be the lead instructor, and we are also excited to announce that we will have a local RAD guest instructor, Jake Takiff of Cedar Springs Farm!

There will be a blend of classroom work and field work throughout. Come prepared for taking ample notes and for being outdoors sometimes.

This event is also kid-friendly.– Friday, Saturday and Sunday November 19-21st
– Location: 20-acre homestead near downtown Nucla, Colorado
– $397

Register Now

Did you know we offer free diagnostic services?

We have an email specifically for this  (It stands for San Miguel Basin Colorado Master Gardeners). If you have a plant or tree problem or need a plant or insect identified, send photos to this email, along with information describing the problem by using the forms below.

Link for SMB Tree/Shrub Diagnostic pdf Form

Fillable Form – Tree/shrub Diagnostics

Link for SMB General Diagnostic pdf Form

Fillable Form – General Diagnostics