The New Extension Service: Urban, Urbane

The New Extension Service: Urban and Urbane 1

Benjamin Rasmussen for The Chronicle

Colorado State U.'s 98-year-old extension service, designed to bring university research to farming communities, has tailored its mission to serve city residents. An agent from CSU works with growers at the Urban Gardeners Collaborative near downtown Denver.

Blake Angelo's "Building Urban Farmers" course doesn't trifle with the pastoral. The first week opened with a visit from someone who set out to be a farmer and failed. The course's fifth-week class, convened on a November evening in an extension office less than a mile from the University of Denver, covers the ways that the young, aspiring farmers in the room might accidentally poison their customers or run into a devastating lawsuit. Mr. Angelo, Colorado State University's new