Extension Services Return to Pitkin County after a Nearly 20 YearHiatus
After a nearly 20 year hiatus Colorado State University Extension Services will once again be offered in Pitkin County. In partnership with adjacent Eagle County a CSU extension agent will spend time in Pitkin County and the Roaring Fork Valley side of Eagle County offering horticultural advice.
“CSU Extension will be a great asset in the County’s ongoing efforts to manage weeds, help public and private landowners diagnose plant problems, and encourage agriculture overall,” said Pitkin County Public Works Director, Brian Pettet.
CSU horticultural agent Jeff Pieper will be in Pitkin County one-day-per-week beginning this spring. He will be available to provide weed management education and plant identification, diagnose plant problems, and offer advice on disease and insect management among other services. Pieper will be available by appointment and on a walk-in basis at Pitkin County’s Public Works facility next to the Roaring Fork Transit Agency bus facility off Highway 82.
The public won’t be the only ones to benefit from the return of the CSU Extension program. County Departments including Open Space and Trails and Land Management anticipate consulting with Pieper on a regular basis.
“As we acquire more agricultural properties as part of our Open Space Program we’ll consult Jeff for his advice on best practices for food production and maintaining healthy trees and plants on all of our properties,” said Open Space and Trails Director, Dale Will.
Pieper’s first program will be a two-day soil fertility workshop on March 8 and 26 at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. In addition,residents can receive advice on plant diagnostics by calling Pieper at 970-328-8633 or sending photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Plant samples can be taken to Pitkin County’s Public Works facility next to the Roaring Fork Transit Agency bus facility off Highway 82.
“After all these years, CSU Extension is excited to re-establish a partnership with Pitkin County in order to provide citizens in both counties the opportunity to connect with the university’s talents and resources.” said Glenda Wentworth, Eagle County Extension Director.
Pitkin County has budgeted $17,291 for the service, which accounts for approximately 20% of the extension agent’s time in the Roaring Fork Valley.