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Deadline approaching for ‘Farm Fresh Directory’

Colorado growers can market their products to consumers through the 27th annual “Colorado Farm Fresh Directory.” Listings are being accepted for the 2011 edition of the directory. Published by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, “Farm Fresh” promotes Colorado farmers’ markets, roadside stands, u-picks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers, agritourism activities and farms and ranches that sell direct to the public.

“The ‘Farm Fresh Directory’ continues to grow every year, and it is our most popular publication,” said Wendy White, marketing specialist with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “With the ‘buy local’ trend continuing, this publication is a great way for Colorado producers to connect with consumers and market their products.”

The fee to be included in the directory is $25 and the deadline is Feb. 1, 2011. Listing forms are available by calling the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4115 or by visiting www.coloradoagriculture.com.

The directory will be available in June and is free to consumers. More than 100,000 copies of the publication will be distributed through libraries, extension offices, bookstores, farmers’ markets, welcome centers, chambers of commerce and other businesses. In addition to the printed directory, the 2011 “Farm Fresh Directory” will also be available on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s website.

Livestock Project

Friday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. is the deadline for signing up for any 4-H livestock project for 2011. You must declare any and all livestock projects to the CSU Extension Office at 264-5931. Members will be able to drop any livestock project after this date. If the Extension office does not have your enrollment form, enrollment fees and livestock project(s) entered, you will not be able to take this project, thus you will not be able to show at the 2011 County Fair.

Monday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. all 4-H Livestock members (who bring an animal to the County Fair) are required to attend the Mandatory Livestock Meeting. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Submit your garden success

The CSU Extension Office in Archuleta County is compiling information concerning vegetable and herb gardening to be published in a new document, “Successful Gardening in Pagosa Country,” which will be available in the spring of 2011. We encourage locals to submit entries for this publication to help other gardeners. Forms can be picked up at the Extension office or online at www.archuleta.colostate.edu.

Calendar

Jan. 20 — 5 p.m., 4-H Cake Decorating project.

Jan. 20 — 6: p.m., Planning Commission public forum

Jan. 21 — 1:45 p.m., Cloverbuds

Jan. 21 — 2 p.m., 4-H Food Preservation project

Jan. 21 — 3 p.m., 4-H Rabbit project

Jan. 21 — 4 p.m., 4-H Poultry project

Jan. 26 — 3:30 p.m., 4-H Shooting Sports project

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and info.