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The Garfield County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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Garfield County is located in western Colorado and consists of Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle, Battlement Mesa and Parachute. Garfield County has been experiencing steady population and economic growth. The 2014 population estimate is 57,461 and the median household income is $57,022 with $58,433 being the state average.

Your Garfield County Extension Office Provides unbiased, science-based information, classes, outreach, education, and volunteer opportunities for adult and youth.

Garfield County Educational Center

Meet your Garfield County CSU Extension Staff:

Carla Farrand

Pictured: Carla Farrand


Carla is the County Director, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science Agent for Garfield County. 

Carla was an 8 year 4-H member in Oklahoma. Carla took a break from CSU Extension to raise a family and serve as the Organizational Leader for her daughter’s 4-H Club.  Carla returned to CSU Extension in the fall of 2014 as a 4-H Agent.

Food safety is a passion of Carla.  She provides many different classes for CSU Extension –Garfield County.  The classes include: food preservation, Master Food Safety Advisor certification, Cottage Foods certification, and Food Safety Works certification. Carla also extends the food safety and cooking classes to the school districts for after school programming. Carla has been an instructor and volunteer Master Food Safety Advisor since 1995.

Alice Smith

Pictured: Alice Smith


Administrative Assistant

Kaycee Manuppella


4-H STEM Agent
School Enrichment & After-School

Kaycee is excited to extend the Doing by Learning motto of 4-H into the school setting. Her previous career as an elementary school teacher fueled her passion for education. By working with community partners, schools, volunteers, and STEM AmeriCorps members in the communities of Garfield County, 4-H opportunities are being shared with hundreds of youth who may not typically have access to such programming. There is something for everyone in 4-H!

Abi Saeed

Pictured: Abi Saeed with Ricepaper Butterfly on her face


Extension Agent: Agriculture / Horticulture & Natural Resources

Abi has been fascinated by nature her whole life, and especially loves the incredible world of insects. Known as the ‘Buglady’ by friends and family, Abi is always on the lookout for exciting new insects to add to her personal collection.

Her professional passions include understanding and teaching about the important role that insects play in ecosystems, especially in Agriculture, Horticulture, and Natural Resources.

Abi is excited to be the newest member of the Garfield County CSU Extension team!

Please visit our new GarCo Extension Gardening Website and Blog!