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Rural Living Events - 2010|Barnyards & Backyards

2010 Rural Living Events

Park County Common Sense Conservation
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Park County Fairgrounds, Powell, WY
Contact: Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District at ann.trosper@wy.nacdnet.net or 307-754-9301

Concurrent sessions all day about 15 topics covered. Lunch will be served. Powell-Clarks Fork CD, Meeteetse CD, Cody CD and PC Weed & Pest are cooperating to put on the event.
More information including full agenda will be posted later.
Agenda

Big & Small Conference
Thursday, February 25-26, 2010
Adams County Fairgrounds, Waymire Dome
Contact: Jennifer Thompson, jsjones@uwyo.edu, 303-637-8157

This event is comprised of Organic and Conventional Crop and Livestock production issues. Industry leaders and top level speakers will address innovations, upcoming ideas, and ongoing problems of producers.
http://www.coloradoagriculturebigandsmall.com/

Small Acreage Conference
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Adams County Fairgrounds, Waymire Dome
Contact: Jennifer Jones, jsjones@uwyo.edu, 303-637-8157

The premiere Front range conference for small acreage owners! A full day of information on Pasture management, Weeds, Seeding, Water Law, and Livestock Management
http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/Adams/cabas/smallacreage.htm

Weeds, Weeds and NO More Weeds!
March 10, 2010,
6-8 pm
Agricultural Resource and Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Rd.
Casper, WY

Spring and weeds go together and is a good place to start for sound land management and seasonal weed control. This workshop includes weed ID, grass hopper control, small acreage weed control options and how to manage issues with Foxtail Barley in alfalfa fields.
Contact Shelly Anderson @ 307 261-5401, ext. 1.
Shelly.Anderson@wy.usda.gov

Irrigation - How, Why and When?
March 16, 2010,
6-8 pm
Agricultural Resource and Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Rd.
Casper, WY

This worksop will address Wyoming water law/permits, irrigation rights, irrigation districts, water conservation practices technical assistance and cost-share opportunities. Find out if irrigation is right for your landscape.
Contact Shelly Anderson @ 307 261-5401, ext. 1.
Shelly.Anderson@wy.usda.gov

Hot Springs County Small Acreage Workshop
March 17, 2010
5:30 pm
Place: Common Grounds
Thermopolis, WY

Topics that will be covered include native & adapted plants, time & timing of grazing, mediation, gardens and grasshopper control.

Call 864-2278 or 864-3421

Washakie County Water Conservation Workshop
March 20, 2010
8:00 am12:00 pm
Worland Community Center Complex
Worland, WY
Contact: Tori Dietz, Washakie County Conservation District Director, wccd@rtconnect.net or 307-347-2456 ext. 191
Agenda

"Wyoming Wise" Gardening & Landscaping Small Acreage Workshop
April 1, 2010
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Converse County Extension Office
133 W. Center Street
Douglas, WY

There are an extraordinary array of beautiful plants that WANT to grow in high wind, limited water and less than perfect soils found in Converse County! Workshop topics will include: Native and Adapted Landscape Plants for Wyoming Conditions, Weed Identification & Management and Composting.

Contact Converse County Conservation District at (307) 358-3050 ext. 109 or
michelle.huntington@wy.nacdnet.net

Riverton Rural Living Workshop - Managing Your Place
April 10, 2010
Riverton Branch Library
1330 West Park Avenue
Riverton, WY

Workshop will cover soils and soil types, septic design and maintenance, pasture management and irrigation.

Contact: Cathy Meyer, Manager, Lower Wind River Conservation District cathy.meyer@wy.nacdnet.net

Local Food Gathering
April 11, Sunday
UW Classroom Building (intersection of 9th and Fremont)
Laramie, Wy

Keynote address will be given by Mike and Cindy Ridenour from Meadow Maid Foods in Yoder, WY on the topic of "Seeing the New in Old: A Progressive Step Backward in Food Production." Sessions will run from 1:30-4:45 and include home gardening challenges in high mountain West, running a small ag business, home brewing, chickens, preserving foods, growing fruit trees and more! Door prize drawing at 4:45 followed by a closing presentation from Laramie Dance Company. $5 for public, $3 for seniors and free for students. Registration begins at 12, dinner break 5-7, FRESH, the film, will be shown at 7 pm in classroom 129 with a discussion to follow. Full details are at http://laramielocalfood.webs.com/

Contact: Willa Mullen, willamerry@yahoo.com

B&B Farmer's Market Workshop
April 17, 2010
8:00 am to 12:00 noon
The Museum of the American West.
Lander, WY

Topics of discussion will be the rules and regs from the State Health Department. We will cover how to market your produce from choosing what to plant to presenting and displaying your produce. We will also discuss the logistics of setting up a booth at the farmer's market: what structures work, using the back of your truck, what will be allowed or not allowed to be sold. Also, did you know that grants are available to gardeners to help with costs?

For more information contact Dave Morneau, Popo Agie Conservation District, 307-332-3114 or David.Morneau@wy.nacdnet.net

Weston County Rural Living Workshop
Saturday, April 17th
8:30 a.m. to lunch
USDA Service Center Building
Newcastle, WY

Topics will include: Grazing Animals on a Small Acreage; Energy Conservation in the Home; Using Native Plants in the Landscape and in Windbreaks; and Creating Compost!
Agenda

This workshop is free and open to all members of the public. Please call the Weston County Natural Resource District Office at 746-3264 to RSVP or for more information

Big Horn County Small Acreage Workshop (Part 1 of 4)
April 17, 2010
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Big Horn County Extension office
4782 Highway 310
Greybull, WY

Topics will include; ‘How to Take Soil Samples', ‘Draught Resistant Grasses', ‘Scheduling and Gauging the Amount of Water for Application', ‘Mulching and Composting', and ‘Plant Materials Beneficial for Wildlife'. The afternoon session will be held at the Outdoor Classroom, north of the Greybull River Bridge on the west side. This will include demonstrations on soil sampling and fencing technique.

Anyone wishing to attend can pre-register by calling the Big Horn County Extension office @ 307-765-2868.

"Wyoming Wise" Gardening & Landscaping Small Acreage Workshop
April 22, 2010
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Glenrock Town HallCouncil Chambers
219 S. 3rd Street
Glenrock, WY

There are an extraordinary array of beautiful plants that WANT to grow in high wind, limited water and less than perfect soils found in Converse County! Workshop topics will include: Native and Adapted Landscape Plants for Wyoming Conditions, Weed Identification & Management and Composting.

High Tunnel Workshop
April 23rd-24th
Location TBA
Goshen County, WY (Veteran Area)
Contact: Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service Educator at jedward4@uwyo.edu   

Converse Co. Small Scale Renewable Energy Workshop
April 24, 2010
Starts at 9:00 am
McKibben Cafeteria
State Fair Grounds
Douglas, WY 

The what, how, and why of home wind and solar energy installation. Full day of informative speakers and tour of home renewable energy projects. Sponsored by Converse County Conservation District and UW Cooperative Extension Service.

For more information and to reserve your seat, contact Ashley Garrelts, UW Cooperative Extension Service Converse County Educator, at 307-358-2417 or ashleyg@uwyo.edu

Medicine Bow Workshop
April 24, 2010
9 am 4 pm
Medicine Bow Community Center
Medicine Bow, WY

Morning topics include: Common insect problems in your backyard; Proper watering; Weeds, Water-wise Landscaping with Perennials

Afternoon activities will include hands-on planting of a community beautification project and children's activities

For more information contact the Medicine Bow Conservation District at 307-379-2221

Rural Acreage, Big Management
April 26, 2010
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Gillette CollegeTech Center
Room 106
Gillette, WY

Topics include: Firewise (protecting property from wildfire); Lawn, Garden and Trees; and Birdhouses

Flyer 

For more information or to register contact Campbell County Conservation District at (307) 682-1824

Lyman Rural Living Workshop
April 28, 2010
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Lyman Town Hall
Lyman, WY

Topics include Composting, Weed Identification and Xeriscaping.
More detail on these great topics!

Attend the workshop for your chance to win a rain barrel or composter!
Please call 747-8223 to RSVP by April 26.

Rural Acreage, Big Management
May 3, 2010
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Gillette CollegeTech Center
Room 106
Gillette, WY

Topics include: Pastures; Weeds & Grasshoppers and Raising Chickens

Flyer 

For more information or to register contact Campbell County Conservation District at (307) 682-1824

Riverton Rural Living Workshop - Tree Planting and Care 
May 8, 2010
Riverton Branch Library
1330 West Park Avenue
Riverton, WY 

Workshop will cover soil and soil types; planning a wind break; use of weed barrier, tree protecters, fertilizer, mulch, etc.; irrigation and caring for trees.

Contact Cathy Meyer, Manager, Lower Wind River Conservation District cathy.meyer@wy.nacdnet.net

Niobrara Rural Living Workshop
May 14, 2010
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Niobrara County Fairgrounds
Lusk, WY

Topics to be covered include: Water Well and Septic Maintenance, Hoop Houses and community gardens, Geothermal heating and cooling, residential wind turbines, solar wells and more, and Niobrara Tuff Plants.

For more information contact Niobrara Conservation District at 307-334-2953.

High Tunnel Workshop - This event has been cancelled for this year due to inclement weather/snow levels.
May 15th, 2010
Location: CWC Sinks Canyon Center
Lander, WY

May 15th - Extending Your Growing Season. 8:00am to 12:00 noon Topics of discussion will be building a hoop house small and large, raised beds vs. planting in the ground, how to manage fertilizer, water, temperature, etc. in a structure. There will be a seed give-away. 

For more information contact Dave Morneau, Popo Agie Conservation District, 307-332-3114 or David.Morneau@wy.nacdnet.net

Limit the Threat: Bark Beetles and Firewood.
May 19, 2010
6-8 pm
Agricultural Resource and Learning Center,
Casper, WY

Do you use firewood from the local area? If so, this workshop is for you. It includes education about beetle ID on firewood and different firewood treatments and techniques to prevent Beetle spread that could kill many community pine trees in urban areas."

Contact Shelly Anderson @ 307 261-5401, ext. 1. Shelly.Anderson@wy.usda.gov 

High Tunnel Workshop
May 19-20th 
Lincoln Self Reliance, Inc., 1039 South Washington. Afton, WY
Afton, WY

Contact: Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service Educator at jedward4@uwyo.edu

Flyer

High Tunnel Workshop
May 21 -22nd
Location: TBA
Pinedale, WY

Mark your calendars! In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to construct a high tunnel.  More details will be posted at a later date.

Contact: Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service Educator at jedward4@uwyo.edu 

Albany County Rural Living Workshop
May 22, 2010
9:00 am - noon
(Registration starting 8:30 am)
Albany County Extension Classroom (west end of yellow building)
Albany County Fairgrounds
Laramie, WY

Topics include: Protecting water quality through personal well-head protection. High altitude edible gardening/Extending your growing season, and Preserving the harvest -food preservation and safety. 

To pre-register or for more information contact either the Albany County Cooperative Extension Service office at 307-721-2571 or the Laramie Rivers Conservation District at 307-721-0072

Big Horn County Small Acreage Workshop (Part 2 of 4)
May 22, 2010
9:00 a.m. to noon
Big Horn County Extension office
4782 Highway 310
Greybull, WY

Workshop will cover ‘Garden Layout Design and Planting'

Anyone wishing to attend can pre-register by calling the Big Horn County Extension office @ 307-765-2868

High Tunnel Workshop
May 25-28th, 2010
Powell Research & Extension Center, 747 Road 9
Powell, WY

Contact: Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service Educator at jedward4@uwyo.edu

Converse Co. Intensive Rural Living in Wyoming Workshops
June 3 - July 8, Thursdays
6:00 pm

Live in the Glenrock, WY and Rolling Hills, WY area? Are you interested in learning more on about successful management of your property to meet your goals? Join us on Thursday evenings May 3-July 8 in this multi-class series where we will cover a number of natural resource subjects that will increase your knowledge and give you the tools and inspiration to create a property management plan. Class size limited to 15.  

For more information and to reserve your seat, contact Ashley Garrelts, UW Cooperative Extension Service Converse County Educator, at 307-358-2417 or ashleyg@uwyo.edu 

Rehabilitate Your Fruit Tree Hands On Session
June 9, 2010
5 to 6:30 pm
1315 E. Baker Street
Laramie, WY

Got a fruit tree you'd like to rehabilitate with corrective pruning? Horticulture specialist Karen Panter of the University of Wyoming will introduce the tools and techniques needed while also talking about water, fertilizer and the characteristics to select for when putting in new trees.

For more information contact Cole Ehmke at cehmke@uwyo.edu or (307)766-3782. This session is hosted by the University of Wyoming's Cooperative Extension Service and the Laramie Local Food Group.

Lander Pine Bark Beetle Workshop
Rescheduled due to flooding in Lander: Tentative new date June 26, 2010
June 12, 2010
8:00 am to noon
Sinks Canyon State Park
Lander, WY

Topics of discussion will be those pesky Pine Bark Beetles. How to identify the insect, its larvae, the damage and how to protect your trees. We will discuss safety issues associated with forestry such as chain saws and how to cut down a tree. At the end of the talks, we will be cutting down a large tree. This workshop will involve a small walking tour through the trees. Come enjoy being outside and learning at the same time.

For more information contact Dave Morneau, Popo Agie Conservation District, 307-332-3114 or David.Morneau@wy.nacdnet.net

Riverton Rural Living Workshop - Weed and Pest Management
June 12, 2010
Riverton Branch Library
1330 West Park Avenue
Riverton, WY

Workshop will cover pest identification, weed identification and control, chemical control, alternative control methods.

Contact Cathy Meyer, Manager, Lower Wind River Conservation District cathy.meyer@wy.nacdnet.net

Forest Health
June 16, 2010
9 am-2 pm
Nordic Ski Lodge - Casper Mountain
Casper, WY

Learn to identify both the Mountain Pine Beetle and the Ips Beetle at this workshop. Beetle treatments and prevention methods will be demonstrated. Cost-share programs will be presented to assist with sound forest management and to retain forest health. Common health issues associated with aspen on Casper Mountain will be addressed. Lunch will be included.

Contact Shelly Anderson @ 307 261-5401, ext. 1. Shelly.Anderson@wy.usda.gov

Poultry Rural Living Workshop
June 17, 2010
6 pm
Albany County Cooperative Extension Meeting Room
Albany County Fairgrounds
Laramie, WY

If you want to learn more about raising poultry this is the workshop for you!

Topics include: Breed Selection, Feeding, Housing, General Care andSanitation

For more information and to RSVP, contact Kellie at Albany Co Cooperative Extension Service 721.2571


Big Horn County Small Acreage Workshop (Part 3 of 4)
June 19, 2010
9:00 a.m. to noon
Big Horn County Extension office
4782 Highway 310
Greybull, WY

Workshop will cover proper Garden Care and Weeding

Anyone wishing to attend can pre-register by calling the Big Horn County Extension office @ 307-765-2868

Horse Shelters and Fencing - Albany County Rural Living Workshop
July 1, 2010
6 pm
Laramie Community Recreation Center Conference Room
Laramie, WY

To pre-register or for more information contact the Albany County Cooperative Extension Service office at 307-721-2571 or or kelliec@uwyo.edu

Bee/pollinator workshop - Albany County Rural Living Workshop
July 21, 2010
6 pm
Location TBA
Laramie, WY

To pre-register or for more information contact either the Albany County Cooperative Extension Service office at 307-721-2571 or the Laramie Rivers Conservation District at 307-721-0072

Rural Living Workshop
July 24, 2010
8:00 AM-Noon
Big Horn Co. Weed & Pest
4782 Highway 310
Greybull, Wyoming

Topics included:
What's in your well water? (keeping your water supply safe)

Waterwise Gardening with world renowned horticulturalist and landscape designer, Lauren Springer Ogden. Lauren wrote the book on gardening in challenging climates! We invite you to listen to her two hour photo-packed presentation about waterwise gardening and plants adapted to this arid climate.

Weed Identification - Learn hands-on weed identification while they are in full bloom! Also learn about control methods and programs available through the weed and pest

Contact: Bobbi@ Weed & Pest at (307) 765-2855 or Janet@ SBHCD at (307)765-2663

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Urban Water Saving Techniques
August 4, 2010
6-8 pm
Agricultural Resource and Learning Center
Casper, WY

Water law, water saving techniques, water harvesting, and water-wise landscaping will all be topics for this workshop. This workshop will provide an expert-guided tour of the xeriscaped berm at the Agricultural Learning Center demonstrating many beautiful options that are water-wise for your garden and landscaped areas.

Contact Shelly Anderson @ 307 261-5401, ext. 1. Shelly.Anderson@wy.usda.gov

Living and Working on the Land Conference
August 24-26, 2010
Rendezvous Center at the Fairgrounds
Torrington, WY

Learn how to address practical problems of managing an acreage with speakers, sessions and tours. The featured speaker will be Joel Salatin. Joel is a third-generation alternative farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. He believes that healing the land and making it agriculturally productive can be done at the same time using principles that are not dependent on size. He will speak on developing an understanding of the interrelationships between plants and animals, the need for diversity and how direct marketing can be a part of vibrant rural communities. Scholarships available.

Look for details at www.blocksofsuccess.org. Contact Cole Ehmke at cehmke@uwyo.edu or (307)766-3782 for more information.

Big Horn County Small Acreage Workshop (Part 4 of 4)
September 4, 2010
9:00 a.m. to noon
Big Horn County Extension office
4782 Highway 310
Greybull, WY

Workshop will include a demonstration on ‘Harvesting and Preserving' your garden bounty.

Contact: Big Horn County Extension office @ 307-765-2868

Natrona County 2nd Annual Solar Tour
October 2, 2010
Time and location to be determined.
Casper, WY

This tour will visit numerous sites in the Casper area where renewable energy is in use. Discussion will include actual users and landowners doing the presentations. This workshop is partnered with the Natrona County Diversified Energy Committee and Casper College.
Contact Shelly Anderson @ 307 261-5401, ext. 1.
Shelly.Anderson@wy.usda.gov

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