University of Wyoming Extension News

Thermopolis workshop cultivates Community Supported Agriculture ventures

Learning how to operate Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) ventures is the focus of a free workshop by the University of Wyoming Extension and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Feb. 12-13 in Thermopolis.

The workshop is at the Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel in Thermopolis at 116 E. Park St. Presentations begin noon Tuesday and end noon Wednesday. Meals are provided both days. Space is limited, and registration is required. Travel scholarships are available.

“Community Supported Agriculture  has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer,” said Cole Ehmke, extension specialist in agriculture entrepreneurship. “The concept is that a consumer purchases a “share” of the farm production, then, through the production season, gets a box of vegetables and maybe other farm products every week.”

Topics covered include:

·      Setting up shares

·      Pricing

·      Finding and retaining shareholders

·      Business operations

·      Extendingthe season

“The workshop will introduce the concept and present ways to make a CSA startup work in Wyoming,” said Ehmke. “Insights from the 19 CSAs in Wyoming help form the basis for a new manual on CSA production that we’ll release at the workshop.”

To register or request the workshop agenda, contact Ehmke at cehmke@uwyo.edu or 307-766-3782.