Specialty crop workshop helps landowners, producers diversify, add income

Picture of lavendar plant
Growing lavender in Wyoming is one of the sessions at the Specialty Crop Workshop in Wheatland.

A workshop in Wheatland Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-28, helps agricultural producers, small acreage owners or homeowners learn about new crops, growing methods and potential income streams.

The Specialty Crop Workshop is at the Platte Valley Bank Community Room, 200 16th St. Space is limited, and registration closes Oct. 24. Registration is $50. Refreshments are provided. Register in person at the Platte County Extension office or online at bit.ly/specialtycrop18 or by mail. The downloadable brochure, with mail registration information, is at bit.ly/wheatlandspecial.

Presenters will share their experiences growing lavender, hops, historic apple varieties, ancient grains and cut flowers. Food safety, social media marketing and other resources for those seeking to diversify their operations will be discussed. Other topics include how to use biochar as a soil amendment and what to know before transitioning to organic production.

University of Wyoming Extension, Platte County Master Gardeners, Wyoming Department of Agriculture and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union present the workshop.

For more information, contact the Platte County Extension office at 307-322-3667 or email mmckinl2@uwyo.edu.