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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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Food Smart Colorado is a collection of information about food, nutrition and health, food safety, and various recipes and how-tos that has been developed over many years by faculty, staff, and student employees of CSU Extension.

Preserve Smart

Preserve Smart LogoPreserve Smart was developed by Colorado State University Extension in order to provide a trusted, mobile-friendly way to find and use tested food preservation recipes and instructions for any elevation–from sea level to high in the Rocky Mountains!

  • Recipes and instructions provided are current, research-based recommendations for most methods of home food preservation as determined by Colorado State University Extension and the National Center for Home Food Preservation–established with funding from the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (CSREES-USDA).

THANKS to the many Colorado Master Food Safety Advisors who volunteered as reviewers for Preserve Smart–sharing their invaluable time and wisdom related to safe home food preservation!

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.

  • Information: Coming Soon
  • Application: Coming Soon

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:

  • Preserve@Home Registration
    • 6 Week Online Class starting June 18th
    • Register by June 13th

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:

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:

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