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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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Please check the Food Systems webpage for updates, and refer to our responses and resources related to COVID-19. Note that late-breaking COVID-19 updates will be posted on the website but are not included in this newsletter for timeliness. Information about Colorado’s vaccine roll-out is included at the end of this newsletter.
Online Produce Safety Training for Fruit and Vegetable Growers
Colorado State University Extension, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and Colorado Department of Agriculture will be hosting an online only Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course in two parts, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm on both March 25 & March 26, 2021. This course provides a foundation on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, Good Agricultural Practices and co-management information, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Registration is $35.Click here to register and read about the course structure and requirements.
Food Safety Training for Cottage Foods Producers
2021 Courses
Learn how to safely produce food from home as a cottage food business. This online course covers a variety of topics that include: basic food safety, foods that are permissible under the updated Colorado Cottage Foods Act, ingredient labeling, special considerations for food preparation at high altitudes, and safe food sampling best practices. Registration is $40.
Courses will be offered online on the following dates. Click each date below to register and learn more about the program.
March 3, 2021, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
March 19, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
March 29, 2021, 5:30 pm – 9:30pm
April 5, 2021, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
April 21, 2021, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April 22, 2021, 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
May 7, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Go to Food Smart Colorado for more information on healthy living.