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Rural Living Events - 2017

Barnyards & Backyards

Private Pesticide Applicator Classes

March 21: Worker Protection Standard Information Sessions 9-11am in Greybull; 3-5pm in Powell

For more information contact your local University of Wyoming Extension office http://www.uwyo.edu/uwe/county/index.html

Junior Gardeners Club  - Newcastle

Sign up: February- March
Meetings will begin in April at USDA Service Center (District Office)

Presenter: Lacey Sloan, WCNRD Manager

Join us for our 2nd year in Junior Gardening! This is a hands on experience geared toward teaching kids how to grow their own flowers and vegetables. We will also look into landscaping at the community garden and plant flowers for local pollinators.
**No fee to join**

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Brown Bag Seminars in Powell

February 8th, 15th, 22nd and March 1st, 8th and 15th.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Powell Library

Free to the public, bring your lunch and learnTopic(s) covered: Park County Weed & Pest – Past, Present and Future, How to Start a Home Vegetable Garden, Red Wiggly Vermiculture for Soil Heath, How to Assess Winter Bud Damage in Grapes, Luring Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden, Soils and Soil Health in Park County

For more information contact Park County University of WY Extension Office 754-8836

Pesticide Applicator Training

February 21st 
1-4pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Blake Hauptman, UW Extension NE WY Educator: Agriculture/Horticulture

Join us to obtain or renew your private applicator license. Private applicator license applies to any applicator who uses or supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide which is restricted to use by a certified applicators and only for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned by applicator or their employer or under their control or (is applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities) on the property of another person.

A private applicator license is valid for no longer than 5 years from the issuing date and all private licenses expire on April 30th of the 5th year after issuance.
***MUST BRING PHOTO ID to receive certification or your applicators license number***

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov 

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The 4th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 21 & 22, 2017
Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Dr 
Cheyenne, WY 82007 

Including sessions and workshops on:

Navigating the organic certification process
State and federal financial assistance
Soil testing and soil health
Ecological organic farming
Forage production
Cropping systems
Weed management
GAP on-farm food safety training
CSA management
PLUS producer experiences, marketing strategies, recent organic research, vendors, and more!


Registration: $50 for both days or $30 for one day (including lunch) Registration opens November 21st, 2016. Seating is limited to 100.

For more information and to register, visit: http://uwyosoil.wixsite.com/organicfarming 
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, vendor, advertiser or sponsor, please contact:
Jay Norton at jnorton4@uwyo.edu  or Erin Rooney at erooney1@uwyo.edu 

The Ins and Outs of Fairy Gardens

February 25, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Cottonwood Room 
Laramie County Library
Cheyenne, WY


Presenter: Kim Houck of Fort Collins Nursery


Part of the 2017 High Plains Gardening lecture series. A joint project between the Laramie County Master Gardeners and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. 
Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com , (Keywords: High Plains Gardening or Habitat Hero). Tickets are also available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. Visit www.botanic.org  or call 307-637-6458 for more information. $15 per lecture, or $40 for all three in the series.

Urban Forestry: Tree Pruning and Grafting

March/April (Date TBA based on weather)
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Dick Terry, Wyoming State Forestry District Forester

This workshop will teach you the proper way to prune your trees to encourage good structural growth. This hands on workshop is just the place to get all of your difficult pruning questions answered! Interested in having more than one fruit on your apple tree? Create a diverse orchard and learn how to graft limbs! This hands on workshop is just the place to get all of your difficult pruning questions answered!

RSVP requested (light dinner served)

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Backyard Bird Habitat/Birding

March 1, 2017
12-1pm 
Weston Co. Senior Center
627 Pine Street
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Jacelyn Downey, National Audubon Society Outreach Education Specialist

Learn about backyard birding and how to improve habitat for the birds.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Big Horn County Educational Extravaganza

March 7, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Big Horn County Fairgrounds
Basin, WY

There will be presentations covering What is in the future of Reclamation, Challenges of Livestock Producers and Grazing Permit Renewals.  There will also be hands-on demonstration booths for the entire family.

Free, RSVP to Extension office 307-765-2868

Meat Canning Workshop

March 10, 2017
Frank Wise Building
Ft. Washakie, WY
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop includes hands-on instruction on pressure canning wild game or any meat. Free samples to take home

Call the UW Extension Wind River Indian Reservation Ofice at 332-2135 to REGISTER. Space is limited.

Sponsored by: University of WY Extension, Cent$ible Nutrition Program, Eat Wyoming: WY Local Foods

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13th UW Entomology Short Course

March 14-16, 2017
University of Wyoming Campus
Laramie, WY

More info to come!

Artificial Insemination School

March 15-17, 2017
8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
University of Wyoming
Laramie Research Center Multipurpose Building
470 Building 2 Highway 230
Laramie, WY

The University of Wyoming Extension is hosting a beef cattle artificial insemination class. The class has a fee of $100. Instructors from the University of Wyoming will provide classroom and hands on education to participants. The class is limited to 20 people so sign up soon!

Please contact University of Wyoming Educator Brian Sebade to reserve your spot bsebade@uwyo.edu or 307-721-2571

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Wyoming Bee College Conference

March 18-19, 2017 
Laramie County Community College
Pathfinder Building
Cheyenne, Wyoming  

Beginning beekeeping 101, beekeeping 102, journeyman level beekeeping, habitat conservation, butterflies and much more.  

Registration is $75 on www.eventbrite.com . For more information contact Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

Alternative Energy Workshop

March 20, 2017
1:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Big Horn County Fairgrounds 
315 Holdrege Ave 
Basin, WY 

Ag Producer Focus from 1:30 to 4pm
Home and Small Acreage Focus from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Learn about energy audits, efficiency and alternative energy options. Topic(s) covered: Energy Audits, Solar Energy, Small Hydro, Geothermal, and more.  This is a great place to start the conversation about alternative energy options for your place and to get some burning questions answered.

For more information or to RSVP contact University of WY Extension – Big Horn County at 307-765-2868

Gardening 101 (Veggies and Fruit Trees)

March 21, 2017
5-7pm 
Weston County Library
23 West Main Street
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Brian Sebade, UW Extension Laramie Educator

This workshop will cover the management and production of vegetables and fruit trees for backyard and hobby farmers. Specific strategies for coping with Wyoming's harsh climate will be discussed

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Dirtiest Garden Secrets Revealed

March 25, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Cottonwood Room 
Laramie County Library
Cheyenne, WY

Jeff Lowenfels, a popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using concepts of the soil food web. 

Part of the 2017 High Plains Gardening lecture series. A joint project between the Laramie County Master Gardeners and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com , (Keywords: High Plains Gardening or Habitat Hero). Tickets are also available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. Visit www.botanic.org  or call 307-637-6458 for more information. $15 per lecture, or $40 for all three in the series.

Beef Herd Management

March 28, 2007
5-6 pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Blake Hauptman, UW Extension NE WY Educator: Agriculture/Horticulture

Considerations on water quality and salt/mineral supplementation for your beef cowherd. Analyzing its impacts on herd health, performance and your bottom line.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov 

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Campbell Co. Master Gardener PreOrder Tree Sale

Deadline for all orders is March 31st, 2017

Bare-root trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines can be purchased in lots of 25, 30, and 5. This is great for areas that need a large number of trees. This is also great for splitting orders with family, friends, and neighbors. Deadline for all orders is March 31st, 2017 and pick up will be May 4th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rockpile Community Center Ice Arena. The earlier you turn in your order the better, as some selections may become out of stock. 

Cheatgrass Management

April 4, 2017
5-6pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Cheryl Schwarzkopf, Converse County Weed and Pest Manager

Join us for the newest science in Cheatgrass management. Learn when to graze and spray and what you can do to prevent the spread in your fields

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Garden Expo
Backyard & Outdoor Living

April 8, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lander Valley High School
Lander, WY

The Expo is a day long event that features a tradeshow and workshops geared toward outdoor living. There’s a little something for everyone. Lots of great workshops, Kid's Corner, Concessions, Farmer's Market, Tradeshow and Petting Zoo.

Workshops include:
Managing Manure For Your Garden    
Tried and True: Hardy Trees for Fremont County
Raising Small Animals For Meat    
What’s Wrong With My Tree
    
Wyoming Food Freedom Act : What You Need To Know    
Heirloom Apple Trees
Garden Insects:The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly    
Mushroom Hunting In The Wind River Range

Keynote Speaker Mike Kintgen, Denver Botanic Gardens "Rocky Mountain Native Perennials for Wyoming Landscapes"

For more information visit http://www.popoagie.org/

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Niobrara Local Foods Expo

April 11, 2017
5:00-8:00 p.m. 
Niobrara County Fairgrounds 
Lusk, WY

Mark your calendars, more info to come!

Weed Identification and Treatment

April 18, 2017
5-6pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Hale Redding, Weston County Weed and Pest Manager

Join local Weed and Pest professionals to identify pesky weeds you have in your pasture. Topics will include when to manage and spray target species.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov 

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Wild West Gardening Conference

April 22-23, 2017
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Laramie County Master Gardener and the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Extension office are pleased to host a two day multi track specialty crop gardening program to challenge, inspire, motivate and take you to the next level of gardening success. 

Cost is $90. From vegetables to lavender to garlic to hops and much more http://wyoextension.org/wildwestgardening/ or Catherine Wissner, Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator at cwissner@uwyo.edu or 307-633-4480 for more information. www.eventbrite.com 

Campbell Co. Garden Landscape Educational Expo

April 29th, 2017
Cam-Plex Energy Hall
Gillette, WY
 
This a free educational expo for the public to learn more about gardening and landscape in our area. There will be classes throughout the day, including hands-on and cooking classes. Look for more information and a complete schedule in March!

For more information contact the University of WY Campbell Co Extension office at 307-682-7281

Laramie Local Food Gathering

April 29, 2017
New Laramie High School 
Laramie, WY

More information to come!

Rainfall Simulator and Soil Health

May 2, 2017
12-1pm
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Cameron Clark, NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist

It all begins with the soil! The rainfall simulator gives us a glimpse of the interaction between soil and water and shows the influence that soil type and management have on water infiltration. After the demonstration, we will discuss key soil health and erosion principles, the importance of building and maintaining organic matter in the topsoil, the effect of tillage and soil disturbance, and the importance of soil aggregates and porosity to overall soil health. The presentation will be interactive and tailored to the needs and interest of the audience.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Campbell Co.  ​Master Gardener Individual Seedling Tree Sale

May 5th, 2017
Rockpile Community Center Ice Arena
121 4-J Road 
Gillette, WY 82718 
  
Bare-root trees, shrubs and perennials can be purchased on May 5th, 2017. Prices range from $4.00 to $30.00 each. This will be at the Rockpile Community Center Ice Arena from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

For more information contact the University of WY Campbell Co Extension office at 307-682-7281 

Sublette County Spring Expo

June 17, 2017
9:00am-4:00pm
Stromness Building 
1625 W. Pine Street
(parking lot of the  
BLM building)
Pinedale, WY

Expo - embracing the art of backyard living in Sublette County!

Featured speakers at the expo will include:
Curtis Haderlie “growing local for nutrition” 
Justina Russell “the charm of bee keeping”
Other speaker cover topics including:
“horses on small acreage”
“from chick to hen”

Free admission. Expo will include vendor booths, door prizes, ON-SITE demonstrations on the hour, Kids Activity Corner & Tractor Pull, Farmers Market & Food Court and Locally Grown Plants

For more information contact SnoAnn Engler at the Sublette County Conservation District 367-2257, sccd@sublettecd.com  or visit www.sublettecd.com  

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