Delta Extension Office Has 3 Books Available

Apr 29th @ 6:06 am in News by Scott Staley

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NEED HELP MARKETING SMALL FARM PRODUCTS?  Then we’ve got the book for you!  Market Farming Success is a concise 138-page guide for beginners who want to grow and sell food, flowers, herbs or plants, and includes information on the costs to start a market farm business; expected earnings; the most profitable crops; tools and equipment needed; best places to sell market farm products; and record-keeping to maximize profit and minimize taxes.  At $12.00 per book, they’re a steal!

The Delta Extension Office has just printed 50 final copies of When the Grass Stood Stirrup High, an historical and photographic review of our local landscapes and how they have changed since settlement of the area began.  This book is highlighted by 75 photographic comparisons of local landscapes, including historic photos of the beginnings of the City of Delta and the Town of Hotchkiss, as well as rare historic images of our natural landscapes culled from private collections, archives and libraries.  Written descriptions of the Uncompahgre Basin and Plateau, Grand Mesa, and the North Fork Valley by explorers and surveyors who visited the area between the 1700s and the 1890s are also included.

The title is taken from a common myth in local memory of the time “when the grass stood stirrup high” – a time before settlement and development began to change the appearance our local landscapes.  Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with many local public and private groups, has researched the history of our area, reviewing landscape descriptions written by early Spanish explorers, military expeditions and land surveys; and has photographically compared our landscapes using photos taken as long as 120 years ago with recent photographs of those same landscapes.  The result of this effort is this 182-page book, When the Grass Stood Stirrup High.  This book makes a great gift for local history buffs, and is available through the Delta Extension Office for $33.00 per copy.  – But hurry!  – Once these final 50 copies are gone, they’re gone for good!

FOOD PRESERVATION GUIDE AVAILABLE  Colorado State University’s Delta Extension Office is now offering “So Easy to Preserve,” a complete, step-by-step guide detailing how to preserve almost anything you’d ever eat!  This 376-page book explains pressure canning, water-bath canning, dehydration, pickling and freezing, and includes recipes preserving vegetables, fruits and meats.  This is the same book used by Extension in our canning classes – and the cost for all this is just $20.00!  For a small fee, we’ll even ship!  Stop into the Delta Extension Office, located at 525 Dodge Street, in Delta, to pick up your copy!  The Delta Extension Office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and can be reached at (970) 874-2195.