Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market named one of nation’s best

Vendors are set up under pop-up canopies, customers browse.
Local vendors, fresh food – including Flathead cherries and goat milk ice cream – and special activities are hallmarks of the Gillette Farmers’ Market.

 

 

The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market was named one of the best in the country through American Farmland Trust’s 9th annual Farmers Market Celebration.

“The Celebration encourages market customers, family farmers, community members – anyone who believes they’ve got the best farmers market in the country – to endorse their market in five categories,” said Susan Sink, vice president of development and external relations for American Farmland Trust.

The Gillette Saturday Farmers’ Market earned tenth in People’s Choice, Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All and Pillar of the Community and 11th in Champion for the Environment. Voting was through the website markets.farmland.org.

“Our volunteer-run market has grown so much since we started in 2010, and being named as one of the top ten means so much to our customers, volunteers, and vendors,” said Erin Galloway, co-market manager.

“There’s something for everyone at market,” said co-market manager Megan McManamen.  Examples are free cooking demonstrations, a SNAP incentive program, a customer loyalty program and kids’ activities. The summer market at the Gillette Tech Center runs every Saturday until mid October.

“While farmers markets have been growing in popularity, keeping family farmers on farmland remains a nationwide challenge,” Sink said. “Many family farmers are struggling to stay afloat and face pressure from development to sell their land. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for family farmers to sell directly to consumers and to help make a living on their land.”

Logo says Saturday Farmers' Market, Gillette, Wyoming and Live, Eat, Grow LocalUniversity of Wyoming Extension Master Gardeners of Campbell County are among those who help with the market. According to Campbell County Extension horticulture program coordinator Hannah Johnson, the Gillette Farmers’ Market promotes the development of a regional food system, supports local farmers, ranchers, producers, and artisans and makes high-quality food available to community residents.

“What you put on your fork matters” was the message behind American Farmland Trust’s 9th annual Farmers Market Celebration. The national nonprofit seeks to save farmland for the next generation.

For more information, contact Johnson at 307-682-7281 or HJH10@ccgov.net.

UW bulletin details research, teaching opportunities at Rogers Research Site

UW bulletin details research, teaching opportunities at Rogers Research Site
Rogers Research Site and nearly 100,000 acres surrounding Laramie Peak burned during the 2012 Arapaho Fire, which dramatically changed research and instructional potential there and on neighboring lands.

Research, extension and instructional opportunities relating to forestry, wildlife and other natural resources await University of Wyoming faculty, staff, students and outside collaborators, according to a new bulletin published by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES).

The bulletin details the potential for such activities at the UW-owned Rogers Research Site, a 320-acre parcel in the Laramie Mountains near Laramie Peak in southeast Wyoming.

Bulletin 3 and others in the series can be downloaded at bit.ly/UWEpubs. Enter Rogers Research Site into the search bar.

Williams said RRS along with adjacent State of Wyoming-owned parcels provide more than 1,000 acres of mountainous land for potential research and teaching.

“The RRS is being developed to specifically address forestry- and wildlife-related issues,” he said.

Short- and long-term goals for the site are also detailed in RRS Bulletin 3, “A Conceptual Framework to Guide Research and Teaching at Rogers Research Site, north Laramie Mountains, Wyoming.”

The bulletin, co-authored by WAES editor Robert Waggener, also contains a story about the late Col. William C. Rogers, who bequeathed the land to UW in 2002.

The property and nearly 100,000 acres surrounding Laramie Peak burned during the 2012 Arapaho Fire, which dramatically changed research and instructional potential at RRS and neighboring lands.

“The investigations at RRS are now focused on regeneration of forests post-fire,” said Williams, who has led much of the early planning and research at the site in extreme northeast Albany County. “RRS is also positioned ecologically and politically to address other land-management issues related to water, soil erosion, invasive species, recreational use, climate change and management of nutrients in soil, to name a few.”

RRS is under management of WAES and one of its four research and extension centers, the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture R&E Center (SAREC) near Lingle.

“The research plots that were established on regeneration of the forests, pre- and post-fire soils comparisons and other baseline information collected will provide the basis for learning for decades to come,” said UW Professor John Tanaka, director of SAREC and associate director of WAES.

Many people, both within and outside UW, were involved in early planning at RRS, including former SAREC director Jim Freeburn.

“Working with the neighbors and people interested in the Rogers Research Site was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career with UW,” Freeburn said. “The residents of that area care about their neighbors and the natural resource base in the Laramie Mountains.”

A vegetation mapping survey at RRS, preliminary findings from a ponderosa pine restoration study and pre- and post-fire soils research will be detailed in upcoming bulletins. UW students and their faculty mentors, along with outside collaborators, have been involved in the projects.

For more information about research at RRS and the bulletins, call John Tanaka at 307-766-5130 or email jtanaka@uwyo.edu.

4-H military youth educator begins Nov. 13 in Laramie County

Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.
Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.

A 4-H military youth educator will begin Monday, Nov. 13, in the Laramie County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kristi Nagy has been the senior 4-H administrative assistant in the Laramie County extension office for three years.

“This experience gives her the knowledge and background to take on a new challenge within the extension program,” said Kim Reaman, UW Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Nagy has 10 years’ experience with the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver where she managed eight school-age childcare sites. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.

New bulletin examines marketing costs when deciding which livestock market to use

Livestock producers should consider both marketing costs and price when looking at market options, according to a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Market prices tend to be considered first, but shrink and commission fees can be up to 90 percent of marketing costs for livestock, the authors stated.

Three different marketing options are shown with example costs and prices to help show producers which market might be best to their bottom lines.

“Which market gives me the best price for my cattle? Think about marketing costs as well as price!” B-1303, is available for viewing and free download by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking the Find a Publication link. Type the name or bulletin number into the search fields. The bulletin is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

UW Extension offers training, tests for new commercial pesticide applicators

Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator
Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration for new commercial pesticide applicator training is now open, said University of Wyoming Extension pesticide training coordinator Jeff Edwards.

The training is Monday-Friday, Dec. 11-15, in Laramie. All sessions are at the Albany County Fairgrounds, said Edwards. The program starts 1 p.m. Monday. Anyone applying pesticides (restricted use or not) and receiving payment is required to have a commercial applicators license.

Class registration fee is $250 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred at bit.ly/2017commpest.

The program prepares participants for the commercial applicator examinations.  Those attending have the opportunity to complete the examination and receive temporary licenses that Friday, Edwards said. Their official licenses will be issued at a later date from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, weed and insect identification and other license category-specific information, he said.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “It may also assist individuals looking for career advancement as it will provide 24 CEUs to anyone who participates with a current active license.”

The core examination must be passed, and a minimum of one category examination with a 70 percent or better is required to receive a license.

Edwards recommends acquiring and reading training manuals prior to class.  Details on which training manuals needed are at bit.ly/commpestmanuals.

To purchase printed manuals, contact the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-5157 or by email at tengel@uwyo.edu.