Rural Living Events - 2009

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Event Listings

Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days 
Feb. 5-6, 2009 
Fremont County Fair Fairgrounds Riverton, WY 
More than 37 topics were offered during concurrent sessions.

Snow Capture and Water Runoff workshop 
February 17, 2009 Sundance, WY 
Contact Gene Gade, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension (UW CES) educator, (307) 283-1192 for more information

Wyoming Groundskeepers and Growers Association Conference 
February 18-20, 2009 
Parkway Plaza Hotel & Convention Centre Casper, WY 
See agenda for topics of interest at

4rd Annual Colorado Agriculture Big and Small Conference and Trade Show 
February 19, 20 and 21, 2009. 
Island Grove Regional Park, Greeley, Colorado 
For a complete conference program and brochure go to On Saturday, February 21the conference will focus on Small Acreages with programs on Pastures, Weed Management, Planting Grasses, Poisonous Plants, Tractor Maintenance and Implements for Small Acreages and Soil Basics. 
They will feature Local produce and will be prepared by Chef Aran Essig, head chef for the University of Northern Colorado. Conntact: Fred Petersen, Weld County Extension Director at 970-304-6535 ext 2073.

Hot Springs County Small Acreage Workshop 
February 25, 2009 
Big Horn Federal Meeting Room, 643 Broadway Thermopolis, WY 
Topics included Native & adapted plants for landscapes & windbreaks, caring for yards & gardens, subdivision info, invasive weeds, grazing livestock (including horses), and mosquito control Contacting Marvin Andreen, Hot Springs County Weed and Pest Control District, (307) 864-2278, or Barton Stam, UW CES educator, (307) 864-3421. 

Converse "All About Trees" Workshop 
Feb 26, 2009 
Converse County Extension Building 133 W. Center Street Douglas, WY 
Topics included windbreak & living snow fence design ( includes site selection, species selection, planting and maintence), tree biology, creating an inviting habitat for wildlife. 

Hot Springs Short course: Wyoming Climate, Soils and Plants 
Feb. 26, 2009 
Big Horn Federal Savings Bank Thermopolis, WY 
Short course will provide information about climate, soils and plants as related to the challenges of desert living in Hot Springs County. 
Contact Sandra Frost at (307) 754-8836.

Powell Small Acreage Workshop 
Feb 28, 2009 
Powell Research and Extension Center 
Contact Ann Trosper, Powell-Clarks Fork Conservation District (307) 754-9411

Landscaping in the Rural West workshop 
Rescheduled for March 18, 2009 due to hazardous weather! 
Sundance, WY 
Topics included: Landscape Plants for Northeast Wyoming; Horticulture Weed Control; and The Basics of Xeriscaping Contact Gene Gade, UW CES educator, or (307) 283-1192 for more information

Lander Small Acreage Workshop - Going Green With Smart Energy 
March 14, 2009 
CWC Sinks Canyon Center Lander, WY 
Contact info: Popo Agie Conservation District (307-332-3114) or the Fremont County Cooperative Extension office at 307-332-1044

Living on a Few Acres Workshop 
March 28, 2009 
Park County Library Meeting Room Cody, WY 
Contact Diane Russell, Cody Conservation District (307) 587-3251

Pasture Establishment Demonstration 
April 4, 2009 
Powell Research and Extension Center For more information contact Sandra Frost, UW Cooperative Extension Service (307) 754-8836

3rd Annual Farmer's Market Conference 
April 17-20, 2009 
Ramkota in Casper 
During the Seed Workshop on April 17, there will be a full day of seminars focused on plant breeding, seed breeding and pre-variety trials. Day two showcases the Farmers Marketing Conference with seminars about marketing, farmers' market safety, and information on new grant opportunities for market managers and specialty crop producers. Day three and four will be a hands-on high tunnel workshop where participants will be able to learn everything they ever wanted to know on how to build and manage an affordable high tunnel. The conference also includes the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Assoc. annual meeting, a reception on Friday night and the annual Wyoming Grown luncheon. 
Registration for the conference is $25.00 each for the Seed Workshop, the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Conference, and the High Tunnel event or $50.00 for all three events. 
Contact Ted Craig, at 307.777.6651, e-mail or Kim Porter at 307-777-6319, email: for more information

Living on a Few Acres Small Acreage Workshop 
Monday April 20, 2009 
Holiday Inn Riverton, WY 
Topics included: Soil Investigation, Weed Management, Tree planting and care, Pasture Management, Septic system repair and maintenance, and Irrigation Management Contact Cathy Meyer, Manager, Lower Wind River Conservation District, 508 North Broadway Ave. Riverton, WY82501 at 307-856-7524 EXT 107 or for more information.

Small Acreage Conservation Workshop 
April 29, 2009 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
South Lincoln Training and Event Center Kemmerer, WY 
Topics included: Living on a Small Acreage, Weed Identification and Control, and Healthy Yards and Gardens. For more information contact Lincoln Conservation District, Cokeville, Wyoming, Phone Number 307.279.3256 -District Clerk

2nd Annual Tree and Landscaping Show and Sale 
May 1st, 2009 Niobrara County Fairgrounds Lusk, WY 
Topics included: Sustainable Landscaping, Tree Disease and Pests, How to Plant a Tree and Wyoming Tuff Species. Plus sales on mulch, trees, shrubs, weed barrier, drip irrigation, etc.For more information contact Lisa Shaw NCD Manager 334-2953 or

Small Acreage BIG Management Conference & Trade Show 
May 2, 2009 
Wyoming Center, Camplex, Gillette, WY 
Topics included: Attracting/Repelling wildlife, Soils, Controlling Weeds, Raising Chickens, Horse Health, Pasture Management, and much more! Contact Tanya Daniels 682-4369, Michelle Cook 682-1824 or Lindsay Taylor 682-7281 or go to for more information. 

Range 101 Course 
May 7, 2009 
Niobrara County Fairgrounds Lusk, WY 
At this course we learned about Plant growth, Time and Timing of Grazing, Rangeland Monitoring, Animal Nutrition and Behavior, Applied Grazing Management, and Drought Management Contact Niobrara County Extension 334-3534 or Niobrara Conservation District 334-2953 Lisa Shaw for more information

Small Acreage Hands on Workshop for Big Horn County 
May 9th, 2009 
Lovell Community Centre,1925 Highway 310 Lovell, Wyoming 
Topics included: Weed prevention, Proper Grazing, and Pasture Establishment. Please register by contacting John Richards of the North Big Horn Conservation District (307) 548-7422 or Dallen R. Smith from University Wyoming Big Horn County Extension (307) 765-2868.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy Estate Planning Workshop 
May 12, 2009 
Campbell County Extension Office (1000 S. Douglas Hwy, Suite A), Gillette, WY 
Topics: Learn and work on the four components of your legacy, Values and life Lessons, Personal possessions of emotional value , Instructions and wishes to be fulfilled &, Financial assets and real estate Contact Lindsay Taylor, UW Cooperative Extension Service (307) 682-7281 for more information.

Grizzly Bear Management in the Bighorn Basin 
May 15, 2009 
Lucille's Cafe Meeteetse, WY 
Topics included: The Meeteetse Conservation District will be hosting several short presentations by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and a roundtable discussion on grizzly bear damage and management programs in the Bighorn Basin. Rural residents and livestock producers are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Mark Bruscino, Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. 899-8157, or Steve Jones, Meeteetse Conservation District 868-2484,

Managing Your Land Workshop
May 21, 2009
3-7 PM
Beginning at the First State Bank Conference Center
Wheatland, WY 

Wyoming Rural Living Workshop Small Farm Production and Alternative Irrigation Methods

May 21, 2009 
First State Bank Conference Center 1405 16th St. Wheatland, WY 
Topics included Subsurface Drip Irrigation, Portable Sprinkler systems, pasture management, and weed management Contact Dallas Mount, UW Extension 307-322-3667 or Brady Irvine Platte County Resource District 307-322-9060 for more information

Carbon County Rural Living in Wyoming Workshop
May 30, 2009
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Jeffery Memorial Community Center
315 W Pine St
Rawlins, Wyoming 

Weston County Small Acreage Workshop 
May 30, 2009 Newcastle, WY 
Topics included: Protecting Your Home from Wildfire, Calibrating Your Weed Sprayer, Septic Installation and Maintenance, and Creating a Water Wise Landscape For more information contact Christina Schmidt, Weston Co Natural Resource District 307-746-3264

Mediation Training Workshop 
June 1-4, 2009 
Natrona County Extension Office Casper, WY 
Mediators assist people in finding mutually acceptable solutions when initial negotiations have failed. Learn negotiation skills, find out why negotiations fail, and gain intervention tools to can use in your own negotiations or as mediators. Contact Lucy Pauley, Mediation Coordinator, Wyoming Dept. of Agriculture (307) 777-8788 for more information. Class size is limited. Register by May 26.

Creating Spectacular Gardens with Compost, Bees & Butterflies 
June 6, 2009 
Museum of the American West 1445 W. Main Lander, WY 

Wildfire Mitigation Field Day
June 11, 2009
Natron county Crimson Dawn Park on Casper, Moutain - Caper, WY
Contact Katherine "Maggie" Myers, Natrona County Conservation District at (307)234-4022 or to register by June 5th or for additional information. 

Rural Living in Wyoming Workshop
June 13, 2009
Centennial Valley School - Centennial, Wy
Presenters from LRCD, Albany Co. UW Extension and other experts will present land management topics tentatively including tree issues, water quality and wellhead protection, and identification and control of high country weeds. 
Call Laramie Rivers Conservation District at 721-0072 for more information.

Multi-session Rural Living Workshop
Tuesdays, June 23 July 21, 2009
High Plains Research Center & Botanic Gardens
Cheyenne, WY
Pre-registration requested 

"Wyoming Wise" Gardening & Landscaping Workshop
June 25, 2009
6 8 pm
Converse Co Cooperative Extension Office
133 W. Center Street
Douglas, WY
We learned about ways to landscape that utilize less water and other resources with plants adapted to Converse County conditions! 

Wyoming Forestry Field Day (Landowner and Resource Professional Workshop)
June 25, 2009
8:45 am - 4:30 pm
Headwaters Conference Center, 20 Stalnaker Street, Dubois, Wyoming
Topics include: Introduction to Forest Inventory Techniques, Creating a Healthy Forest; Management Techniques, Identification and Management of Insects and Diseases in the Forest, Forestry Best Management Practices, Making Your Property Less Susceptible to Wildfire, Tree Regeneration Strategies
Contact: Dubois-Crowheart Conservation District, Phone: 1-307-455-3688

Organic Waste Diversion in the Rockies
July 12-22, 2009
Snow King Resort
Jackson, WY

Pasture Management Rural Living Workshop
(with a focus on electric fences)
July 16, 2009
Hansen Arena Classroom (Hwy 230, 2 miles west of Laramie)
Laramie, WY
We visited in the classroom on pasture management practices and the use of electric fencing to more easily manage your pastures. We then drove to the Harmony community to see a good example of electric fencing being used effectively for pasture management.
Call the Albany Co. Cooperative Extension Service Office for more information

Grid-tied Alternative Energy Home Rural Living Workshop
July 23, 2009
We toured a home that is grid-tied but utilizes alternative energy sources and energy efficiency features. Workshop was limited to 40 people.
Call the Albany Co. Cooperative Extension Service Officefor more information.

No-Till Workshop 
August 12, 2009 - 9:00 AM
Gillette, WY
Contact: Campbell County Conservation District,, 307-682-1824 

Specialty Crops Field Day 
August 17, 2009
CSU Horticulture Field Research Center
Fort Collins, CO.
Contact: Frank Stonaker,, 970-491-7068
This event coverd a variety of topics related to small scale organic vegetable production systems. For more info.

Park County Rural Living Riparian Workshop
August 26, 2009 - 9:00 AM - 1L00 p.m.
Cody, WY
Contact: Sandra Frost,, 307-754-8836
Topics included The Ecology of Riparian Areas, ID and Control of Weeds, Native Plants Used in Restoration, Livestock Management, and a Water Quality Testing Demonstration 

Fall Education Workshop
September 9, 2009
Rock Creek Fire Station
Highway 13 
McFadden, WY

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University of Wyoming Extension
1000 E. University Ave, Department #3354
Laramie, WY 82071

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