Classes & Presentations


explain how to cook in a Solar Oven

explain how to cook in a Solar Oven

The Canon Food Co-op holds monthly presentations as well as monthly classes. The classes are normally one hours long and there is a charge associated with with the event if you are not a co-op member (usually $5). In the event that we have a paid speaker, the co-op will suggest a donation fee to cover the speaker’s fee. The free monthly presentations are held at the monthly potluck meetings. Presentations are 15 – 20 minutes in length. Monthly meetings are held in various locations. Check the left side of the page (Upcoming Events) for date and location of the monthly potluck meetings.

Meeting Presentations all presentations will be held at the Abbey in  St. Mary’s Hall (classroom looking type building) in room 108 unless noted differently in the descriptions below. (map)

Classes Most classes are free for members ($5 for non-members)

Upcoming Classes

November 20th @ 4 pm  

The meeting of the Canon Co-op will be this Sunday November 20th. The meeting will begin at 4 pm. We are meeting in our usual spot at the Abbey.
It is that time again when we talk about and hold elections for new board members to join us beginning in January. Please come and ask us questions about how our board is run and join in on our election process.
We will also be sharing ideas on how to put your garden areas to bed.
There will be a potluck meal after the meeting so bring something delicious of your choice to share. In the interest of sustainability please bring plates and utensils for yourself and take them home to wash.  We will have some paper items available if you forget.
Our meetings are at the Abbey Classroom building in back (St. Mary’s Hall, Room 108). We meet every 3rd Sunday of the month at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome; members, guests and kids too!

Previous Classes and Presentations

Making apple cidere

Soil analysis


Sid Darden – Colorado Cottage Food Act

Cloud9 Farm Tour

Worm Castings

straw bale gardening  -Marvin Carter

Juicing – Donia

Penn and Cord’s Mountain IPM (Integrated Pest Management)


Food as your medicine – Paula Peterson (East/West Harmony)

Establishing vineyards in Fremont County – Dave Fuselier (Spring Creek Vineyard)

World Travelers – Roger and Donna

Wild Edible Wild Plants in Canon City Jerry Kosnar

Easy Wine Making Class – Alex Van Acker

Make your own pro-biotic drink – Suzanne Fox

Grow your own mushrooms – Billy Glasgow

Basic reloading for fun, cost savings, hunting, and self-sustainability – Mike Moser

Solar Oven Cooking – Helene  & Curtis

Seed Saving – Judy Van Acker

Growing Herbs –  Jeanne Schmidt

Soap Making – Cori Quevillon

Companion Planting – Penn Parmenter

Tai Chi – Dr. Lee

Mozerella Cheese making – Donia Knapp

Wine Tasting – Dave Fuselier

Green Smoothies – Phyllis Swenson

Making cheese with goat’s milk – Cori Quevillon

Water Kefir – Judy Van Acker

Canning – Cori Quevillo

Darlene Hopkins herbal classes – click here

Sleep disorders – Darlene Hopkins

Field Trip Penn’s house for a tour and lively conversation. 12746 County Road 255, Westcliffe, Co 81252

DIY Water filters – Dan & Cynthia Nichols

New Cottage Law – Sid Darden

Thrive – Freeze dried foods – Roxanne Kemp

Conversations with Master Gardeners – Seven Master Gardeners discussed their tips and tricks to successful planting ventures in Fremont County.

How to grow native plants in Fremont County ~Master Gardeners Ann Zielinski and Mary Richardson

Mother Earth News conference – Curtis Johnson

Pruning Class – Lynne Sage & Sandy Sigmund

Toxic Homes – Tonya Lewis

Planting Seeds – Master Gardeners -Lynne Sage & Sandy Sigmund

Dowsing Class – Dowser Dan

Meatless Mondays – Harriet Balhiser (Ethical Vegan Society)

Wine Tasting @ Spring Creek Vineyards (photo)

Dutch Oven Cooking – Phyllis Swenson

Poultry Processing Class (pics) Alex Van Acker

Making Komachu Tea oct. 2011 (pics) – Donia Knapp

Making Apple Cider – Marvin Carter

Creating a compost pile – Richard Hubler

Seed Saving (August 27th)Penn Parmenter a seed expert presented a one hour class on seed saving.

Canning Class  (August 15th 2011) – Verla (Extension Office)

Extending your Garden throughout the Seasons -Richard Hubler. See photo.

Growing Small Fruits, Joel Reich (horticulturist)

Vermiculture – worm raising  See photos of class.

How to Make Cheese -Richard Hubler (pics)

Dormant Oil – Master Gardener, Lynne Sage

Garden Prep Class – Master Gardener, Lynne Sage

How to effectively manage animal pests (Animal Control Officer)


Previous 2010 Classes & Meeting Presentations

Grow More Food Than You Ever Thought Possible In Your Own Backyard! – Richard Hubler

Wine Tasting December – Dan Le Fusliers

Bread making- Marvin Carter

Cider Making – Marvin Carter

Chili Roasting & Salsa Making

A Javernick Farm (CSA) Tour by Beki Javernick at the Javernick Farm

Weed Identification –

Dehydrating Food and Herbs

Eating locally in Mexico

Permaculture Class  Becky Elder, from Pikes Peak Permaculture,

Desert Canyon Farm in Canon City has free workshops starting April 30th. Classes range from growing vegetables in containers to making your own herbal tinctures.

Email Judy Van Acker for questions regarding class times and locations.