Colorado Building Farmers Advanced Course offered in Chaffee County this April.

Kurt Jones, Chaffee County CSU Extension Agent

Deadline to register April 3rd!

Kurt Jones and the Chaffee County CSU Extension office is offering the Colorado Building Farmers Advanced Course on Tuesday evenings in April from 5:30-9:00pm at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

This great offering builds off the Colorado Building Farmers Beginning Course led by Kurt Jones each of the last two winters and offers a similar format; professionals join class participants for a delicious dinner and social time and then lead the evening’s class on their topic of choice.

The offerings and presenters will include Agriculture Business Leadership and Resiliency on April 7th with James Pritchett, Assistant Vice President for Engagement at Colorado State University; Agritourism Opportunities on April 14th with Kelli Hepler of the Colorado Agritourism Association; on April 21st several local producers will discuss leasing land from a tenants and owners perspective, and what defines success in local agriculture; April 28th will focus on Advanced Risk Management (Insurance, Workmans Comp., Employees, Agricultural Taxes and Audit Risks) with Justin Storm of State Farm Insurance and Rachel Walke, CPA at Walke and Associates.

Cost for these programs is $30 each or $100 for the whole series. Pricing includes dinners and course handouts. See the 2015 Advanced Registration form & 2015 Chaffee County Colorado Building Farmers Advanced Schedule for registration and more info or contact the office at 719.539.6447 or

Kurt Jones’ other offerings this spring include Vegetable Gardening and Extending the Growing Season on April 27th from 6:00-9:30pm and Introduction to Drip Irrigation for the Home Garden on May 2nd from 9:00-11:30am, sure to be great classes as well!

Keep your eye out for the “In the Garden” column in the Mountain Mail to keep tabs on all the offerings from Kurt Jones and your local Chaffee County Extension Office.