Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

May 1, 2008



The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins.  Those present were:

Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Valerie Clark, Pam Harrold, Rob Knebl, Ellen Donovan, Ralph Bender, David Lee, Marsha Dooley, Alberto Squassabia, Jessie Mae Hendrickson, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agents Alison Stoven & Ernie Marx, and Fred McClanahan, Jr.


The meeting was called to order at 8:05 a.m.    Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.  Introductions were made. 



Agent Reports


Ernie Marx, Extension Agent, Agriculture and Small Acreage Management


There are 16,000 small acreages along the Front Range.  Extension receives many calls from new acreage owners.  This workshop keeps realtors up to date to help their people assist property purchasers.


It was reported that the Small Acreage Workshop for realtors is full.


Other workshops held were Optimizing Farm Taxes and a Small Acreage Workshop during the Colorado Big and Small Expo. 


Not all of Larimer County is in the county weed district.  Estes Park is in the Estes Land Stewardship Association (ELSA).  He has been working with them on a weed control initiative.


Ernie has recently worked closely with Sylvan Dale Ranch, the Prairie’s End Rural Land Use Project and Harvest Farm.  He has taught plant identification classes to students at the Stove Prairie Elementary School and makes approximately forty (40) small acreage field visits annually.


Upcoming classes include the Native Plant Masters Program.  This program trains individuals about native plant and weed identification and was developed in Jefferson County.  Although there was no marketing of the program, there were more people wanting to register than the class could take.


Other programs:


·   A strip tillage field day will be held May 9.  Strip tillage reduced erosion, fuel use and time in agriculture fields.

·   Bindweed mites (if available) will be distributed in late May.

·   Weed education program

·   Ag Advisory Board is discussing information about the proposed Glade Reservoir

·   Extension is in a Wind Energy Partnership with the Wellington School Wind Project.









Alison Stoven, Extension Agent, Horticulture


Highlights of the 2007 Master Gardener Program:

·   Eight-six (86) Master Gardener Volunteers

·   5,554 volunteer hours

·   1,604 hours of continuing education

·   Contacted 15,596 individual (phone, office visits, Farmers’ Market, County Fair, etc.) @ $18.77/hr. = $104,248.58 in services to Larimer County

·   904 calls received in our office

·   56 tree team visits

·   344 hours at the County Fair

·   660.25 hours at the Plant Environment and Research Center (PERC)

·   367.25 hours writing articles for publications

·   386 hours of public / community presentations (libraries, civic groups, etc.)


Farmers’ Market:

·   Sales were up 18.3% from 2006

·   $755 in food stamp sales = $50 per week

·   $3,010 in market bucks (debit card transactions) = $200 / week average in increased sales for vendors

·   The 2008 Farmers’ Market is July 12 – October 18


Continuing and Upcoming:

·   Master Gardeners presentations at the Loveland Library

·   Q & A booths at Home Depot, L & M Garden Center, Rabbit Shadow Farms

·   Assisting with the Junior League Garden Tour

·   Arbor Day programs at 4 elementary schools

·   Boulder Sustainable Living Conference

·   ProGreen

·   Pansy and cut flowers workshops

·   Turfgrass I.D. workshop

·   Quarterly visits on Radio KRFC Garden Journal and community work with Deni LaRue

·   CSU Lawncheck

·   City of Fort Collins Irrigation / Landscape taskforce

·   Mountain Pine Beetle taskforce

·   High Plains Landscape workshop

·   CSU Twilight Garden Series

·   Native Plant Masters Program

·   Master Gardener Volunteer Engagement committee

·   Re-develop Master Gardener curriculum



Director’s Report


            Laurel reported that:

  • The County Fair premium book will be on-line only at
  • Prepare for the Fair workshop is June 30.  Postcards will be mailed to past exhibitors.
  • Sunday, August 3 – BBQ and Scholarship Auction at the County Fair before the Rodeo
  • Showcase will be November 12 at noon in the restaurant of the Budweiser Events Center



Trends & Issues


            Members mentioned the following as trends to note:


    • 4-H Carnival was fun and thanks to the advisory committee members who helped
    • Pathways Past Poverty Initiative has three issues that Extension can help with.
    • Home evictions are up.  Welfare check cashing fees take up to 40%


The meeting adjourned at 9:40 a.m.



Next meeting will be Thursday, September 11 in the meeting room of the Larimer County Extension Office.



                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,



                                                                                    Fred McClanahan, Jr.

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