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Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.

Overview

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS, though traditionally called Home Economics) is the profession and field of study that deals with the economics and management of the home and community. Our FCS programs feature: food safety (ServSafe), nutrition, wellness, Cottage Foods Act, food preservation and many other topics.

 

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Ann Duncan, Family & Consumer Science Agent
Email: ann.duncan@colostate.edu
Phone: 970-249-3935

To join our Family and Consumer Science mailing list, please email Ann.Duncan@colostate.edu and include your name, email address, and mailing address.

Publications

Family Matters Newsletter

January 2017- Newsletter (English)

January 2017- Newsletter (Spanish)

Foodborne Illness

 

Food Preparation

 

Food Preservation

Food Safety & Local Foods

Food Storage

 

High Risk & Special Audiences

 

High Altitude

 

Nutrition & Health

Childhood Development

To join our Family and Consumer Science mailing list, please email Ann.Duncan@colostate.edu and include your name, email address, and mailing address.

Hot Topics

Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture

The CO Blueprint of Food and Agriculture is an initiative to find opportunities to strengthen key food and agricultural sectors and identify strategic opportunities within those areas. The Blueprint program is spearheaded by multiple organizations including Colorado State University (comprising of Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station), the Governor’s Food Systems Advisory Council, the CO Food Policy Network, and the CO Department of Agriculture.

 The Blueprint team has provided a list of 19 ‘Topics of Interest’. Our goal is to narrow these topics down to 4 or 5 key components that community members feel are of interest and hold significance to our area. This list is provided below in the link and can be distributed to anyone who is interested in providing recommendations. It is our hope that through identifying these key topic areas in advance, the focused meeting can then be used to find levers of action, investment, programing, etc. With the discussion in mind, the Blueprint team and community will then be able to determine what are some plausible next steps we can take on the Western Slope to further food and agriculture prospects.

We would be grateful to hear your opinions on what you feel are the most pressing issues/opportunities in our community. To be a part of this growing conversation, we ask that you would please review the link below and send Ann Duncan back an email with your top 4-5 discussion questions. Naturally, you may find more than 5 topics that you consider important, but for project scope sake, we ask that you please narrow it down to your top 4-5 picks. Additionally, please share this information with colleagues and anyone you feel would like to participate. They can e-mail Ann Duncan with their responses as well. If email is not convenient for you, you can reach us at 970-249-3935.      CO Blueprint List of Topics

2016 Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label
  • Click here to find out about the FDAs changes to the nutrition facts label, released May 20, 2016
Food Safety

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety

Avoiding Infection from raw milk and staying healthy this canning season!

raw-milk

Preservation
  • We Can Test Your Dial Gauge Lids! Just bring in your dial gauge pressure canner lids to one of our Tri River Area county offices. Cost is $10 per lid. Gauge accuracy will be tested and recommendations made regarding proper canning times and procedures. Research based information will also be available.
  • Botulism; Botulism is a rare but serious disease that is associated with canned products. Find out more here.
  • Canning using electric cookers, click here.

 

Cottage Foods Act Legislation (click on the programs tab to see upcoming trainings and for more information click on resources)

Cottage Foods Act Updated May 2016- SB 16-058- MOST RECENT!!!

Cottage Foods Act Tier 1

Cottage Foods Act Tier 2

Colorado Cottage Foods Fact Sheet, click here (4.4.13)

Colorado Cottage Food Producer Checklist, click here (5.22.12)

Colorado Cottage Foods Act: Simple Facts, click here for English/click here for Spanish

To join our Family and Consumer Science mailing list, please email Ann.Duncan@colostate.edu and include your name, email address, and mailing address.

Programs

Check out our 2017 FCS programs:

Colorado Blueprint of Food and Agriculture

The CO Blueprint of Food and Agriculture is an initiative to find opportunities to strengthen key food and agricultural sectors and identify strategic opportunities within those areas. The Blueprint program is spearheaded by multiple organizations including Colorado State University (comprising of Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station), the Governor’s Food Systems Advisory Council, the CO Food Policy Network, and the CO Department of Agriculture.

 The Blueprint team has provided a list of 19 ‘Topics of Interest’. Our goal is to narrow these topics down to 4 or 5 key components that community members feel are of interest and hold significance to our area. This list is provided below in the link and can be distributed to anyone who is interested in providing recommendations. It is our hope that through identifying these key topic areas in advance, the focused meeting can then be used to find levers of action, investment, programing, etc. With the discussion in mind, the Blueprint team and community will then be able to determine what are some plausible next steps we can take on the Western Slope to further food and agriculture prospects.

We would be grateful to hear your opinions on what you feel are the most pressing issues/opportunities in our community. To be a part of this growing conversation, we ask that you would please review the link below and send Ann Duncan back an email with your top 4-5 discussion questions. Naturally, you may find more than 5 topics that you consider important, but for project scope sake, we ask that you please narrow it down to your top 4-5 picks. Additionally, please share this information with colleagues and anyone you feel would like to participate. They can e-mail Ann Duncan with their responses as well. If email is not convenient for you, you can reach us at 970-249-3935.      CO Blueprint List of Topics

Upcoming FSMA Trainings

Upcoming Grower Trainings

Colorado’s Next Training: February 20th located in Denver. For more detail and to register, please click here. 

Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers

Trainings start in March in Grand Junction. For more dates and locations, please click here. If you are wanting to take an online course you can find that information on CSU Online or click here.

Master Food Safety Advisor

Learn the art of food preservation through our Master Food Safety Advisor Program. The program starts at the end of February and for more information click here

ServSafe

ServSafe Food Safety

Training begins in February in Grand Junction. ServSafe is a national recognized course developed by the National Restaurant Association as a comprehensive treatment of the subject of food safety. Food Service Managers who are not certified by an accredited Food Safety Course should attend. The Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations state that a manager needs to be on hand who has passes a certified food safety program. Class space is limited, registration, first come first serve basis and held in Grand Junction and Delta throughout the year. Cost is $120 per person.

For more dates and locations, please click here.

Eat Healthy Be Active Community Workshops- (Canceled)

Food Preservation

2017 Food Preservation classes yet to be determined. Please check back for updates.

Past classes for 2016:

July 20th Delta- Jams and Jellies

September 14th Delta- Salsa and Meats

September 22nd Ouray- Pickles and Salsa

To join our Family and Consumer Science mailing list, please email Ann.Duncan@colostate.edu and include your name, email address, and mailing address.

 

Resources

News You Can Use Newsletters

Colorado Cottage Foods Act Resources

  • Free pH Testing for Colorado Cottage Food Producers
    • Free equilibrium pH testing of pickled fruits and vegetables is now available to Colorado Cottage Food Producers through the Laboratory Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
      • Samples can be dropped off or shipped to the lab or left at one of the free courier pick up locations.
      • Free drop off locations, click here
      • Instructions on submitting a sample, click here
      • Request for analytical services, click here
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, click here
  • Colorado Farm to Market, click here
  • CSU Farm to Table, click here
  • How do I price my cottage foods? Click here

 

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Handling Practices (GHPs)

  • Trying to figure out where to start on your GAP plan? Look at the CSU Farm to Table website for an excellent outline on up to date information and resources. Click here

Food Preservation and Canning; approved recipes and resources

  • National Center for Home Food Preservation, click here
  • University of Georgia Extension, click here
  • Clemson Extension, click here
  • Ball Canning, click here
  • Oregon State Extension, click here
  • Utah State Extension, click here

Tri- County Health Department

  • Information on a wide array of topics such as radon, bed bugs, West Nile Virus, baby behavior, car seat information, child care, breastfeeding, child immunization audit,lead poisoning, community health, emergency preparedness tips, family planning, farmers markets, mold, meth cleanup and much much more. Click here.

Colorado Farm to Market

  • This website is for farmers’ market vendors, farmers’ market managers, and ag producers, food product manufacturers and others targeting direct markets such farm to school, restaurants, retail stores, and institutions. Click here

Live Eat Play

  • Find current nutrition and health information aimed at helping you become better informed and more motivated to achieve optimal health at every stage of your life. Click here

Food Safety

Mold

Radon

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Materials

Emergency Preparedness

County Emergency Notifications

Energy

  • http://solarcalc.colostate.edu/

 

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Videos

Farm to Table: Washing Produce
Live Eat Play Colorado: How To’s
Family, Home and Consumer
Strengthening Grand Families
Food Safety
Food Systems
Finances

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