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Rural Living Events - 2016|Barnyards & Backyards

Rural Living Events - 2016

Food Preservation 101 Workshops

September 1 through Oct 20, 2016
5:30-8:00 p.m
Lusk, WY

Are you a first time canner or do you need a refresher course on food preservation?  If you are in either situation, please join us for Food Preservation 101- a series of hands-on workshops for the new home canner or a great refresher course for the experienced canner.  The workshops will be taught by University of Wyoming Extension Nutrition and Food Safety Educator, Denise Smith.

The schedule for the workshops will be:
•    September 1st- Freezing and Drying
•    September 8th- Water Bath Canning
•    September 22nd- Jams and Jellies
•    September 29th- Pressure Canning
•    October 20th- Gifts from the Kitchen

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension. Cost is $10.00 per workshop. Class participants must pre-register for each workshop by calling: Niobrara County Extension Office at 307-334-3534.

Solar 101 Online Course

Sept. 6 – Sept. 30, 2016
Virtual presentations 1:00 p.m. on sept. 6th, 13th, 20th and 26th.
Location: From your own computer

Wondering if a move to solar energy might be a good choice for you or your business? This FREE four-week online course is designed to help you answer that question! Extension Educator Jeremiah Vardiman will share information about Wyoming’s utility structure, financial incentive programs, and how to do a cost analysis for solar installation. Class discussions will also help your understanding of electric monopolies and co-ops, energy efficiency, and what it means to “go off the grid.” This is the perfect introductory course for anyone wondering, “Is a move to solar energy right for me?”

Free event, register at and further information will be provide upon registration. For more information contact University of WY Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman, 307-754-8836

Wyoming Native Tree and Shrub Walk

September 24, 2016
9:00 to 11:00 am
Meet at the parking lot for the Happy Jack Trailhead on Pole Mountain

Directions: From Laramie, take Interstate 80 east 9.5 miles to WY 210 (Exit 323). Turn onto Exit 323 and go left at stop sign onto WY 210/ Happy Jack Rd, then 1 mile to Happy Jack Recreation Area sign, turn right and drive to parking area.

RSVP at Eventbrite 

Join folks from UW and the Forest Service to learn how to identify common native trees, and shrubs in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The group will also discuss forest health and ecology.  Participants should expect light to moderate walking. Please bring your own food and water, and dress for cool weather.


Edible Mushrooms:  Species and Cultivation

(Laramie Garden Club September meeting)
September 27, 2016
7:00 pm
United Presbyterian Church
11th & Grand Ave.
Laramie, WY

Presentation: Edible Mushrooms:  Species and Cultivation by Lindsay Olson and Jeff Hubbell. Club meeting will follow.

Cattle Parasite Management Workshop

September 29th, 2016
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Albany County Extension Office
3520 South 3rd St. Suite A.
Laramie, WY

Experts from the University of Wyoming will hold a workshop to discuss livestock parasite issues.

Schedule of Topics:
•    Integrated pest management for parasite control
•    Understanding cattle body condition scores and herd health
•    Cattle lice management
•    Horn fly management

RSVP Albany County Extension Office (307) 721-2571 by Monday September 26th


High Tunnel Build Workshop

October 3 and 4, 2016
Starts at 8:30 am and finishes when high tunnel is complete
Build site is on the South side of the Niobrara Fairgrounds property
Lusk, WY

Learn by doing.  Come to this workshop where we will build a high tunnel. Information you can apply!  For more information contact Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Extension at 307-837-2956.

Rangeland Soils & Health

October 5, 2016
1:00 pm  
Reese Ranch
Shawnee, WY

RSVP and get driving directions by calling the Converse County Extension Office at 307-358-2417

Have you ever wondered what goes on below ground? The soil is the foundation of the grassland on which our animals graze. Join friends and neighbors for an interesting afternoon investigating rangeland soil properties and health. Participants will be able to see the surface and subsoil up close. Investigate root systems, learn texturing techniques, discuss responses of soil properties to grazing, and much more!

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension and Converse County Conservation District.


Laramie County Master Gardener Annual Meeting and Graduation

October 29, 2016
Doors open at 11:00
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Guest speaker Chris Hilgert on his strawberry research. Doors open at 11:00, pot luck lunch at noon and speaker at 12:30. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

Farm to Market Conference

November 11-12, 2016
Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Taking specialty crop growers to the next level of production, food safety, processing and marketing. Workshops on Food Acidification, Seed Saving, GAP, Market Manager and general programs.

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

Wyoming Bee College Conference

March 18-19, 2017
Cheyenne, Wyoming  

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

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

Wild West Gardening Conference

April 22-23, 2017
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Taking gardeners and specialty crop growers to a new level of success.  Featuring; Neil Diboll, Kathy Kimbrough, Jeff Lowenfels plus many more.  Workshops and programs.

Registration is $85 on  For more information contact Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

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