Outreach and Engagement

We understand the value of thriving landscapes from multiple points-of-view. Our outreach and engagement is rooted in offering value-added information about enhancing our landscapes, optimizing horticultural crops, and preserving our backyard gardens to our community, growers and industry members alike.

Plants, Places, and People

Browse the latest Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Newsletter.

Plant Select

Plant Select is a successful non-profit collaboration between CSU, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Horticulture Industry. Our faculty and research staff are actively researching and testing new varieties and share their findings via Plant Select. Our commitment is to inform horticultural industry and community members across the state on making the best investment in plants that will grow and thrive in our climate.


Twilight Garden Series

Open to the community, the Twilight Garden Series is a collaboration between the City of Fort Collins and the Gardens at Spring Creek. Our faulty share their scientific knowledge and experience in horticulture to interested community members and gardening enthusiasts. 

Plant Talk Colorado

Is a collaboration between the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, CSU Extension, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Green Industries of Colorado. It’s a great resource for expert advice on over 700 horticultural topics.


Food Outreach Programs

We are deeply connected to the safe exchange between growers, venders, and consumers of fresh produce. We are especially committed to developing key strategies for protecting and enhancing our state and local communities. We have research sites at the Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center at the foothills campus and a brand new food safety and fresh-cut facility at the CSU Spur Food Innovation Center in Denver, CO.

Produce Safety Lab

Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez is an HLA faculty member and leads the Produce Safety Lab.

Colorado Produce Safety

Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez is an advising Produce Safety Professional for this outreach program.

Food Innovation Center

Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez is a program lead for this new program at the CSU Spur in Denver, CO.

Food Safety Workshops

Sanitation Workshop

And use of ATP

  • April 26th
  • September 27th

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Produce Safety Alliance

  • April 20th
  • September 28th

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Good Manufacturing Practices for Small and Medium Food Processing Facilities

  • May 23rd 
  • October 24th

Preventive Controls for Human Food

  • May 10th–12th 
  • November 8th–10th

Risk Assessment in Food and Ag Environments

  • May 24th
  • October 25

Greenhouse Food Safety Practices

  • November 7th

Good Agricultural Practices

  • April 27th
  • December 6th

Horticultural and Gardening Outreach Programs

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Advice and Observations from your CSU Extension Horticulture Agents and Specialists

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Colorado Master Gardener Program

A CSU Extension collaboration with our HLA faculty and staff.

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Colorado Native Plant Master Program

A CSU Extension collaboration with our HLA faculty and staff.