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Integrated Land and Garden Workshop

The Integrated Land and Garden Workshop will focus on alternative enterprises operations including Small and Tree Fruit, Hops and Native Plants.

We’ll also review GAP (Good Agriculture Practices), Cuts of Beef, and the relationship between gardens and health.

For more information, contact Darrin Parmenter: (970) 382-6464, parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us, or go to: www.laplataextension.org.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 6 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango, 2500 Main Ave.

4-H Youth raising funds

One of?Archuleta County 4-H’s most successful fund-raisers?is underway.

Local 4-H youth?have started their annual?cookie dough sale.

Every 4-H member?participates in selling $12 and $14 tubs of cookie dough to people?in our community and beyond. The overall 4-H goal this year is 2,500 tubs which would almost double last year’s total.

With the fantastic incentives we have in place, we believe our goal can be reached. All funds raised will be dispersed between the seven different 4-H community clubs and the 4-H Council. They will use it for sending 4-H members to?educational programs such as YouthFest,?Leadership Development Conference, Colorado 4-H State Conference,?an overnight trip to the state fair, community service projects, scholarships for?4-H members, re-enrollment fees for next year or individual club projects.?

4-Hers will be selling these great flavors: Triple Chocolate with White and Dark Chips, Snickerdoodle, Monster Cookie, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chunks, Chunky Chocolate Chip, Made with M&M’s, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, Sugar, and White Chocolate Macadamia. The cookie dough comes in three-pound tubs (about 96 half-ounce cookies each) that can be refrigerated or stored in the freezer. The cookie dough can even be eaten raw because it is made with pasteurized eggs instead of raw eggs.

Supporters have until March 23 to?order?as many tubs as they want. The cookie dough will be delivered by 4-H youth starting around April 11. If anyone would like to order cookie dough, but cannot find a 4-H member to order from, contact the Archuleta County Extension Office at 264-5931 to place an order.

4-H is family- and community-oriented. Parents play a critical role in volunteering with the program to support their children. A corps of more than 630,000 volunteer 4-H leaders share their time and talents to help 4-Hers “learn by doing.” Work on projects takes place at home, in the yard or around the kitchen table, with guidance from a parent, an older brother or sister, or a neighbor. The 4-H member needs the support and encouragement of a family and growing together through 4-H strengthens the family. 4-H members devote time to community service in a wide variety of projects, including helping the elderly and disabled, restoring historic sites, landscaping public buildings and helping preserve their environment. Archuleta County 4-H has 180 youth enrolled in projects this year. Their ages range from 5 to 19.

4-H is a publicly-supported informal education program. County, state and federal funds are combined in a unique partnership to support this educational youth development program. The curriculum is provided through your land-grant university, which in Colorado is Colorado State University. Private funds from individuals, businesses and organizations enhance the 4-H program by providing support for special events awards, and recognition and support supplemental educational materials.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.

Calendar

March 1 — Colorado Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.

March 1 — 4-H Shady Pine Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.

March 2 — 4-H Clover Buds, 1:30 p.m.

March 2 — 4-H Colorado Mountaineers Club meeting, 2 p.m.

March 3 — 4-H Beef Weigh in, 6 a.m.

March 3 — Republican County Assembly, 7:30 a.m.

March 5 — 4-H Sewing, 4:30 p.m.

March 6 — Democratic Party Caucus, 6 p.m.

March 6 — 4-H Colorado Kids Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.

March 7 — 4-H Sports Fishing, 4 p.m.

March 7 — Wolf Creek Vision Sharing meeting, 6:30 p.m.

March 8 — Colorado Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.

March 8 — Mountain View Homemakers, noon.

March 8 — Wal-Mart Open House, 4 p.m.

March 9 — 4-H Wolf Creek Wonders Club meeting, 2 p.m.

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

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