Learn about re-localizing the economy and food sources, developing a greener environment and reducing your carbon footprint – all while socializing with friends. The region’s sustainability group, The New Community Coalition, hosts Local Libations at Two Candles this Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m. Join them for a drink and conversation about their efforts in Norwood, followed by a meeting about the Norwood Community Garden at 6:30 p.m.
Norwood may see its first community garden this summer thanks to the dedication of a parcel of land by the Town of Norwood. The public is welcome to join in on the discussion and planning of the garden. Call Lory Herndon at 327-4557 for more information.
Two Candles Keeps Nightlife Brights
Nucla band Broken Logic will play Two Candles Friday night, March 13 at 8 p.m. Next Saturday, March 21, a reggae band (shh, it’s a surprise) will play at 9 p.m. The name of the band is being kept a secret until the day of the show, but Two Candles management promises it will be a big event. The cover charge for both shows is $5. Call 327-0100 for more information.
Norwood Chamber Meeting Thursdays
Colorado State University Foreign Youth Exchange student Ashley Watson will be one of two featured presenters at next week’s Norwood Chamber of Commerce meeting. Watson will share experiences from her recent six-month journey to Germany and Luxembourg.
Wright Stuff Foundation Executive Director Andrya Brantingham will also speak at the meeting. She will discuss the foundation’s history and the programs of Prime Time Early Learning Center.
The meeting takes place Thursday, March 19, noon at Norwood Christian Church, 1115 Lincoln St. A $10 box lunch from Happy Belly Deli may be ordered in advance. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.norwoodcolorado.com or call 327-0208.
Weed Free Forage Training Session Offereds
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is providing a training session for those wanting to perform weed-free hay and forage inspections. The free training will be held on May 24 in Greeley, Colo., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
“This training consists of administrative procedures for weed-free hay and forage inspections,” said Don Gallegos, CDA’s weed free forage program administrator. “Those attending need to have a good working knowledge or past experience in weed identification.”
The training includes instruction on weed identification and field inspections procedures as well as information on rules and regulations. Attendees who complete the training will then be able to contract with the CDA for weed-free hay and forage inspections on an as-needed basis.
The Weed Free Forage program inspects forage and mulch before it is harvested to make sure there are no noxious weeds present. The goal is to reduce the spread of weeds on public land or other areas where forage or mulch is used. Initiated in 1993, the program certifies about 40,000 acres each year with the help of more than 100 contracted inspectors.
For more information, visit www.colorado.gov/ag/dpi and click on “weed free forage program,” or call Don Gallegos at 303/239-4150.
Become a Native Plant Masters
Want to learn fascinating plant facts, become familiar with Colorado natives and discover how noxious weeds threaten native plants and wildlife? The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension is offering Native Plant Master courses in Norwood this summer, June 6, 13 and 20, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Those who complete three Native Plant Master courses and volunteer to educate the public using information gained from the program are eligible to become Certified Plant Masters. The program is also available to those who do not wish to volunteer. The mission of the Native Plant Master Program is to educate the public about the biological and human values of Colorado plants in order to foster stewardship and sustainable use of plant resources.
Applicants must be 21 years of age and capable of moderately strenuous activity. To be certified as a Native Plant Master, participants must take three courses in different months and/or locations. If participants can't take all three courses in one year, they may apply in future years to take courses still needed for certification. After successfully completing three courses and the educational contact requirement, participants are awarded the Native Plant Master certification. Certification may be maintained by teaching at least 60 people per year about native plants and reporting quarterly on those contacts.
No course is a required prerequisite for another course. Each 12-hour course is made up of three, four-hour sessions. Topics for the three sessions include: plant identification with an emphasis on scientific names, families and use of a botanical key; ecological relationships, including non-native plants; and landscape, food and other human uses. All instructors are staff or volunteers of Colorado State University Extension with extensive field experience in Colorado ecosystems.
Course fees are $90 per class, reduced to $60 for those who volunteer to educate others. Applications are due to the San Miguel Basin Extension by May 1. For more information and to apply, visit www.extension.colostate.edu/SanMiguel/ag.htm, or call 327-4393.
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