Family Consumer Sciences


Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Heirs in Agriculture

Planning the transition of the family farm and ranch from one generation to the next is a complicated and emotional issue. Strategically planning is the key to a smoother transition and less stress for all. Learn the basics of Leaving a Lasting Legacy at a one-day program on November 6, 2014, in Lamar, Colorado. Read more...

Cooking Matters with Diabetes

Learn how to identify and prepare healthy food options, how to use healthy eating and physical activity to maintain blood sugar levels, and participate in hands-on food preparation. This five-week series of classes will be held in two locations. Class schedule is as follows:

  • Las Animas: Mondays, September 22, 29, October 13, 20 & 27, 2014
    Pre-registration required by September 15. Call 719-456-0764 to register
  • Rocky Ford: Tuesdays, September 23, 30, October 14, 21, & 28, 2014
    Pre-registration required by September 15. Call 719-254-7608 to register


Preserving the Harvest
Food Preservation Class

Learn the basics of home canned food by attending this workshop on August 27, 2014, at the CSU Extension Office in Rocky Ford.

  • Learn the role of pectin in jelling and get hints and tips to get the right consistency
  • Learn ways to prevent spoilage and illness
  • Hands-on workshop - you will actually do the canning
  • Participants will take a sample of the preserved foods home

Cost is $15.00 and pre-registration/payment are required by August 22. Contact the Otero County Extension office to reserve your spot, 719-254-7608. Space is limited.


What Color is Your Food?
Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for better health

Gisele Jefferson, Extension Agent, Washington County
It’s been said we eat with our eyes before we take our first bite. A plate filled with colorful fruits and vegetables makes us more hungry and eager to eat. Research tells us eating a variety of fruits and vegetables help keep our hearts, minds and bodies healthy. Read more...
en Español...


Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products

Tomatoes are the most widely home canned product in the United States. They also are one of the most commonly spoiled home-canned products.  Canning processes recommended as a result of USDA research on safe home-canning procedures for tomatoes and tomatoes products are available on Colorado State University Extension fact sheet No. 9.341.


Home Food Preservation

Ready to try your hand at preserving the bounty from your home garden or area Farmer's Market? Here are some short videos that may be of interest.

Videos can be viewed using a free download of Real Player..



Food Protection Manager Certification Training

This one-day training with certification exam meets the requirement for individuals wanting to produce and sell home-based food products in accordance with the Colorado Cottage Food Act, as well as retail food managers seeking advanced food safety certification. Participants must achieve a passing exam score of 75% or higher to receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. For more information contact the Otero County Extension office at 719-254-7608,

To find additional ServSafe® trainings around the state, click here.



More information for the Cottage Food Producer and a copy of the Colorado Cottage Food Act can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website:

Farm to Table

Farm to TableColorado Apples: Apples keep best when stored in the refrigerator’s fruit drawer. Learn more



Physical activity plays a key role in a healthy lifestyle

Physical activity plays a key role
in a healthy lifestyle.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for you and your child's health. Learn more

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Southeast Area Agent Contact

Jennifer Wells
Otero County Extension Office
411 North 10th Street
P. O. Box 190
Rocky Ford, CO 81067

Kaye Kasza
Bent County Extension Office
1499 Ambassador Thompson Blvd.
Las Animas, CO 81054



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