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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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Colorado Master Gardener Program

Chaffee County serves as a distance education training site for the Colorado Master Gardener and Certified Colorado Gardener programs.  Applications for this program are accepted in October and November each year, with the classes being held late January through early April.

You may attend individual classes for $60 each week.  The classes are on Thursdays from 9 until 4 with a lunch break.  For those wanting the “Colorado Gardener Certificate” credentials, you must register for the entire course (cost is $575).

2018 topics are:

  • January 25 “Botany: How Plants Grow”
  • February 1 “Soils, Fertilizers and Amendments”
  • February 15 “Irrigation Management (morning)” & “Turf Management (afternoon)”
  • February 22 “Plant Pathology”
  • March 1 “Mountain Gardening”
  • March 8 “Integrated Pest Management (morning)” & “Diagnosing Tree Disorders (afternoon)”
  • March 15 “Vegetables”
  • March 22 “Entomology”
  • March 29 “Weed Management”
  • April 5 “Small Fruits” (am only…$30)

For those wanting to register for the 2018 Colorado Master Gardener classes, please email kurt.jones@colostate.edu or call the office at 719-539-6447.

For more information about the Colorado Master Gardener program, you may navigate to the state website at http://www.cmg.colostate.edu/ or call the office at 719-539-6447.