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Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & Hands-On Workshops

All Dates and Times for Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & Hands-On Workshops
Date Start Time End Time
Jan 14, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Jan 28, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Feb 11, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Feb 25, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Mar 10, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Mar 24, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Mar 27, 2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Apr 07, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Apr 21, 2020 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
May 08, 2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
May 22, 2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Jun 19, 2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Aug 07, 2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Aug 21, 2020 10:00 AM 3:00 PM



Are you interested in growing and selling vegetables but don’t know where to start? Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University Extension have partnered to develop a certificate program that will introduce you to the ins and outs of becoming a successful market farmer on five acres or less.


By participating in this program, you will attend seven core curriculum lectures that will cover everything from planning your farm to selling at market. You will also apply what you have learned in the classroom on working farms during five hands-on workshops. Finally, you will have the opportunity to choose up to four advanced, elective classes that cover innovative topics such as seed saving and season extension. Lecture classes and workshops will take place on Fridays, 9-noon and electives will take place in the evening.


Staff from our program will work with you to help find hands-on experiences at local farms. This may take the form of a regular volunteer shift, an internship or an apprenticeship. If you have your own farm already up and running, DBG or CSU Extension staff can work with you over the growing season on any issues or questions that arise.



To complete the certificate you must:

- Attend all Core Curriculum (7 total) & Hands-On Workshops (5 total)

- Attend a minimum of 2 Elective courses (4 offered in 2019, register individually)

- Complete all courses within the 2018-2019 calendar year


All Core Curriculum lecture classes take place at the CSU Extension office located at:

Colorado State University-Denver Extension

888 E. Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210


All Hands-On Workshops will be located an offsite location/farm. Directions and locations will be communicated with students the week before class.


All Beginning Farmers Elective courses will take place at Denver Botanic Gardens located at:

Denver Botanic Gardens

909 York St.
Denver, CO 802016


To register for the Beginning Farmers Certificate Course students will register separately for the Beginning Farmers Core Curriculum & for each of your desired Beginning Farmers Elective courses.


For registration questions please contact the Education Department at adult.programs@botanicgardens.org

For program inquiries including specific dates and program content and information about applying for a scholarship, please contact Brien Darby at Brien.Darby@botanicgardens.org



ELECTIVES (Must complete 2 of 4 courses):

Topics TBD, will take place August-September of 2019



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