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Become a Master Gardener

The Colorado Master Gardener program in Pagosa Springs will be taking applications for the 2010 course, beginning in January and running through April.

Classes are held in conjunction with Extension Office in La Plata County, with about half of classes held in Pagosa Springs and the other half planned for the Durango location.

Class sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour for lunch. Those accepted to the program receive 10 or so weeks of training in plant care and have the opportunity to work with other gardeners from Pagosa Springs to volunteer in the community.

The Colorado Master Gardener program is ideal for gardeners who wish to increase their knowledge of horticulture and help others learn the joy of successful gardening. In addition to receiving training from Colorado State University professors, specialists and horticulture agents, master gardeners learn on the job as they perform 50 hours of volunteer work during the growing season. The Colorado Master Gardener program also can be a stepping stone toward a career in horticulture. Recognized by the green industry as a great vocational education course, the Colorado Master Gardener program is open to persons within and outside of the professional growing area.

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, the Colorado Master Gardener program is an ideal volunteer choice.

Please contact the CSU Extension office in Pagosa Springs at 264-5931 for more information or an application. The deadline for submitting your application is Dec. 4, so call soon!

Food preservation presentation

Join La Plata County Family and Consumer Science Agent Wendy Rice for a presentation entitled “Going Green with Food Preservation.”

This class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the CSU Extension Office in Pagosa Springs.

Topics to be discussed will include the key elements of Food Preservation and safety at High Altitude; What Works and What Doesn’t; What to look for in Equipment; Proper and Safe techniques for Freezing, Dehydration and Water Bath Canning; Pressure Canning Techniques; and What does it cost?

When you leave, you will have the skills to understand food preservation, be it pickling foods, drying foods, water bath canning fruits, tomatoes, jams and salsas, and the safety of pressure canning for vegetables and meats.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 so enough materials can be printed.

Calendar

Nov. 12 — Noon-2 p.m., Mountain View Homemakers.

Nov. 12 — 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Enterprises.

Nov. 12 — 7 p.m., Farm Bureau.

Nov. 13 — 1:45 p.m., Cloverbuds.

Nov. 13 — 2 p.m., 4-H Rabbit project.

Nov. 13 — 2:15 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club.

Nov. 16 — 6 p.m., 4-H Council Officer Installation.

Nov. 16 — 6:30 p.m., Back Country Horsemen.

Nov. 17 — 10 a.m., Going Green with Food Preservation.

Nov. 17 — 5 p.m., 4-H Candymaking project.

Nov. 18 — 10 a.m., Mountain High Garden Club.

Check out our Web page at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.