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The Chaffee 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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Strong Women/Strong Bones

Staying physically active and being properly nourished is very important to health throughout the lifespan.  Essential to staying strong and vital during older adulthood is participation in regular strengthening exercises, which help prevent osteoporosis and frailty by stimulating the growth of muscle and bone. Feeling physically strong also promotes mental and emotional health.  Research on this program and the benefits of strength training for women has been ongoing for 20 years at Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts) The Strong Women program is the result of studies conducted by Dr. Miriam Nelson and her colleagues at Tufts University.  The benefits from the program are crucial to activities of daily living.  With increased strength; muscle mass, bone density, and balance tasks such as carrying groceries, reaching objects in high places and climbing stairs are easier to do.

To learn more about this program and when and where the classes regularly meet throughout Chaffee County, contact the extension office at (719) 539-6447.

Cottage Food Industry

What are Cottage Foods in Colorado?

Foods that are non-potentially hazardous, or in other words, do not require refrigeration for safety. This includes pickled fruits and vegetables with a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below, spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour, and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas, tortillas and other similar products that do not require refrigeration for safety. Up to 250 dozen whole eggs per month may also be sold.
  • Baked goods such as cream pies and pastries that contain cream cheese and or custard are not allowed.
  • Salsa is not allowed.
  • Canned fruits and applesauce are allowed.
  • Pickled vegetables and fruits with a finished pH of 4.6 or below are allowed.
  • Dehydrated produce includes freeze-dried produce.

Read the full text of the initial Colorado Cottage Foods Act. This Act became a state law on March 15, 2012. Additional changes were made to the Act during the 2013 Legislative Session.

Legislation was passed during the 2016 Legislative Session that changes Colorado’s Cottage Foods Act. See SB16-058 for the most current Cottage Foods Act changes.

Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment for current Cottage Foods Act information.