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Laramie Local Food Gathering to Be Held April 10

March 24, 2011 — Farmers, chefs and consumers will meet Sunday, April 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at Whiting High School (24th and Sheridan streets) to find ways to make fresh, locally produced foods more available in Laramie.

Hosted by Laramie Local Foods, this third annual networking event is organized by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service and sponsored by USDA Risk Management Agency. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.

"Participants will find ways to increase production and consumption of locally grown foods and will have the opportunity to connect with others throughout the Rocky Mountain region," says Cole Ehmke, UW extension specialist. "The Local Foods Gathering will begin with a keynote session highlighting the exciting things happening in the Laramie area."

A series of short presentations begins at 12:30 p.m., featuring UW Professor Deborah Paulson from Laramie Local Foods, Gary Shipp from Head Start, Tony Hoch from the Laramie River Conservation District and Gayle Woodsum from Feeding Laramie Valley. Informational booths and vendors will be located in the gymnasium. Concurrent sessions will begin at 1:25 p.m.

During 12 breakout sessions, participants can choose from a variety of workshops and discussions on topics including chickens, low-maintenance gardening, pest management, edible landscapes, permaculture and others.

To learn more about the Laramie Local Foods group, or to join the mailing list, visit the website at

Low-maintenance gardening will be among workshop topics at the Laramie Local Foods Gathering April 10 at Whiting School (Laramie Local Foods).

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