Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee

May 9, 2012



Members present:  Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Valerie Clark, Ruth Wilson, Pam Harrold, Trena Anastasia, Mel Hilgenberg & Ronda Koski.  Excused:  Susan Bonsall, Tony Knight & Dixie Dick.


Chairman Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson called the meeting to order at 8:10am.  Minutes of the January 11 meeting were corrected with a start time of 8am.  Mel Hilgenberg moved to approve the minutes. Ruth Wilson seconded. Motion carried.


Horticulture Program Update


Alison O’Connor, Extension Horticulture Agent, gave a presentation on "What’s Happening in Hort".


2011 Master Gardener program update:

5,985 volunteer hours, 9,542 contacts, 1,797 hours of continuing education


The 2012 Master Gardener program has 117 volunteers of which includes 10 are new apprentices.


Current topics of trainings:  pruning, tree and small fruit, herb gardening, container flower gardening, raised beds, weed control in the garden, garden basics, pollinators, water-wise landscape design, cut flowers


Coming up: 

·  Office Duty

-   Common questions right now focus on trees and shrubs—what to plant, how to care for them, pruning cuts and troubleshooting

  • Q&A booths

-   All over the county at many events

-   Nurseries and greenhouses

-   Box stores

-   Special events, like the NCWCD Fair and  Garden-in-a-Box


  • CSU PERC activities

-   Planting, planting and pinching!


Things to watch for in the garden are :

-   Weeds on the increase

-   Brown spots in lawns

-   Most things are happening 2 – 3 weeks early, but still too early to plant tender vegetables

-   Keep watering … it is dry, dry, dry

-   Prune trees that were damaged in the October storm

-   Maintain perennials for good growth and flower production


The 37th Annual Larimer County Farmers’ Market will be on Saturday mornings from May 19 to October 27.  The 2012 market will open five weeks earlier and remain open two weeks longer.  Vendors and customers have requested this change and vendors are increasing production with fresh produce available earlier in the season.  There will be more advertising this year in publications and on radio, more updates on the markets web page,  and social media pages on Facebook and Twitter .

Graduate Student Report


Rebecca Goldbach, a graduate student at CSU in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, gave a report on the “Economic Impact of 4-H in Larimer County.   Her study included:


  • Economic Activity
  • Economic Activity Analysis
  • Economic Contribution


Data included how much 4-H members spent on all 4-H projects in local retail outlets, purchasing livestock projects from local farmers and ranchers, supporting ag activities and veterinary services. 


Advisory Member Update


Ronda Koski reported on the two candidates for the County Manager position.  A selection will be made in mid-May.


Directors Report


Laurel asked for discussion on better ways to market Extension. Members discussed:


  • How Extension supports or reduces the need for other county program or resources
  • Advisory committee becomes an advocacy committee
  • Civil rights – 4-H is accessible for all
  • Farmers’ Market is making healthy local products available,  providing a forum for producers to sell products
  • Let school districts, teachers and school districts know about Extension and 4-H


Copies of an article titled “American-born 4-H Clubs Flourish in Postwar Iraq” were distributed.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 a.m. 


The next meeting will be at 8am on Wednesday, September 5, Larimer County Extension Office.


Respectfully submitted,

Fred McClanahan, Jr.