Colorado State University Extension in Chaffee County is your source for research-based, unbiased information. Through our non-credit courses, publications, or a friendly voice on the telephone, CSU Extension can provide accurate answers to your questions. CSU Extension is a unique partnership of Chaffee County, Colorado State University, and the United States Department of Agriculture.
We provide information and education in the general topic areas of Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture, Home Horticulture, Clean and Renewable Energy, Natural Resource Management, and 4-H Youth Development.
A few of our highlighted local programs include:
4-H Youth Development is our youth development program serving young people throughout Chaffee County. Young people between the ages of 5 and 18 participate in a variety of 4-H projects in the Upper Arkansas Valley and in leadership roles in their 4-H Clubs, County, Region and State.
Family and Consumer Science programs include high altitude baking conversions, safe food preservation for our altitude, osteoporosis prevention (Strong Women, Strong Bones) classes, and our newest course, Strong Women, Healthy Hearts which combines exercise and nutrition knowledge to lower incidence of heart-related illness locally. Dining with Diabetes is another popular course offered locally.
Home Horticulture/Colorado Master Gardener classes are offered locally to serve the residents of Chaffee County. Concepts of plant selection, Water-Wise Gardening, reduced pesticide use, appropriate nutrient application, and health benefits of home gardening are stressed.
Agriculture and Natural Resource Management classes and projects stress long term environmental protection, water quality, local food production and marketing, small acreage management, economic vitality of production agriculture, home radon testing and reduction, and private well testing and septic system maintenance.
CSU Extension in Chaffee County has many other classes and sources of information; information you can trust!