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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.


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. In the Tri River Area this position covers many topics including: food safety, nutrition, wellness, Cottage Foods Act, food preservation, canning gauge testing and food systems work. To join our Family and Consumer Science mailing list, please email and include your name, email address, and mailing address.


Contact the Extension Area Specialist

Ann Duncan, MS, RDN Family & Consumer Science Area Specialist

Phone: 970-249-3935

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Classes and Programs


Food Insecurity:

  • Community Alliance for Hunger Relief and Education
    • We form partnerships unified under the goal of increasing the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. To this end, we:
      • Increase community access to fruits and vegetables through our farm-to-foodbank program;
      • Change knowledge of and attitudes towards fresh produce by providing hands-on learning on our farm and in our teaching kitchen; and
      • Grow healthy communities by providing opportunities for civic service and supporting initiatives that work to decrease hunger and food insecurity.
      • Learn about volunteer opportunities and more by clicking here.

Food Preservation:

 Food Safety:

  • Food Safety Works:
    • Learn the basics of handling food safely and earn a 2 year certificate. This course is in compliance with Montrose, Delta, Ouray and Mesa County Health Departments. Take it online and on-demand by calling our office. 970-249-3935.
  • Cottage Food Producers:
    • The Colorado Legislature passed the Cottage Foods Act that set food safety standards for small-scale, cottage food enterprises. To be in compliance with this act, individuals must take a food safety course to learn how to safely produce and handle food within the home and at the point of sale. Receive a 3 year certification today! For a list of online classes, look at Eventbrite and search CSU Extension Colorado Cottage Foods or click here.
      • Upcoming classes (in-person): TBD
  • ServSafe:
    • Take the manager level certification in order to be in compliance with the Food Code and your local health department regulations.  This is a high level, nationally recognized program that prepares individuals for a career in hospitality or food service. See below for options and available testing dates. All classes and testing dates are available on first come basis and pre-registration is required.
    • Proctoring: Available upon request.
    • Additional classes and options:

Informational Resources

Helpful YouTube Channels & Videos:

Bridging System Gaps to Fight Hunger

FCS Knowledge Channel

COVID-19 Impact

CSU Extension is closely monitoring and following COVID-19 (Coronavirus) guidance as outlined by public health experts. Our office hours and availability vary by location, please see the Contact Us page for up-to-date office hours or to contact an Agent in your area.