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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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Master Food Safety Advisor Program

Master Food Safety Advisors provide 30 hours of service to the community by sharing their knowledge and teaching others on food preservation methods. They assist the Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent in answering consumer phone calls; providing information at local farmers markets, fairs and supermarkets; conducting presentations and workshops for community groups and schools; preparing educational displays; and writing articles for newsletters and newspapers.

Do you enjoy the art and science of food preservation?  Would you like to develop expertise in safe food preservation and teach others?  Consider becoming a CSU Extension Master Food Safety Advisor volunteer! The Master Food Safety Advisor is a trained volunteer educator and resource in the community to provide the public with up-to-date, research-based information on food safety, preparation and preservation from Colorado State University and USDA.

Please contact at the Garfield County CSU Extension office at 970/625-3969 for more information.

2019 Master Food Safety Advisor Class will be on Thursday’s starting September 12th – October 3rd.

Home Food Preservation

USDA is your source for current research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation was established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA) to address food safety concerns for those who practice and teach home food preservation and processing methods. Numerous CSU Extension publications on food preservation are available.

Upcoming Classes:

  • September 30th, Carbondale – Jams, Jellies & Fruit Spreads
  • October 12th – Meeker – Salsa
  • October 28th – Carbondale – Canning Pie Fillings
  • October 29th – New Castle – Jams, Jellies & Fruit Spreads (Spanish)
  • November 12th – New Castle – Pickling Vegetables (Spanish)
  • November 18th – Carbondale – Cooking Under Pressure (Instant Pot)
  • December 10th – New Castle – Salsa (Spanish)

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producerscanned pears in a light syrup

This training covers specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen.  The class includes instruction on basic food safety, foods permissible in Colorado Cottage Food Act, ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements, special considerations for food preparation at altitude.  Completion of this training satisfies the State of Colorado’s food safety training for Cottage Food sellers.

Upcoming Classes:

  • October 2nd – Meeker

Food Safety Works Class

The Safe Food Handler Training is a three hour course for food service workers that cover the basic requirements for safe food handling. The topics covered include: Preventing Foodborne Illness; Food Temperature Control; Personal Hygiene; Preventing Cross Contamination; Preparing and Serving Food Safely; and Cleaning and Sanitizing. Contact Carla at for more information.  Please read the Food Safety Works Newsletter for up-to-date information on food safety.

Upcoming Classes:

  • October 10th  – Meeker


Farm-To-Table Food Safety

Assuring the safety of our food supply begins long before food reaches the table. At each stage of the food chain, from the producer to the consumer, food safety strategies can be followed to minimize contamination and help lower the risk of foodborne illness. Focused on the safe production, preparation and consumption of food in Colorado for growers, retailers, and consumers visit