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Harvest Wyoming - Small Farm Symposium

Friday, March 10 2023, 8:00 AM , Lobby of the CWC Art Center

Are you new to farming, a seasoned farmer or backyard gardener wanting to scale up? Come learn success tips from small-scale farm experts!

Register HERE

Schedule:

March 10

 

 

8 am

 Registration, with coffee and fresh pastries

 

 9 am – 12 pm

Soil and Water Workshop

Caitlin Youngquist with UW Extension will start out the morning with soil health and management, and some of the different soil challenges common in Wyoming. Following this, Dave Morneau with the Popo Agie Conservation District will talk about irrigation options for smaller acreages, water rights in Wyoming, and irrigation scheduling and timing.

Dr. Caitlin Youngquist, UW Extension

Dave Morneau, Popo Agie Conservation District

 9 am – 12 pm

Marketing Workshop

Have you always dreamed of turning an aspect of your small farm or homestead operation into a business? You grow the world's tastiest bacon and the most beautiful heirloom tomato around, but you don’t have a local and reliable customer base built up yet? Do things like a social media presence and connecting with customers consistently seem overwhelming to you? This workshop is for you! Join us to discuss how to attract your ideal customers and to develop your own small farm marketing plan for 2023 and beyond.

BJ Edwards is a farm-based marketing enthusiast and owner/operator of Taste of the Wind LLC, based in Laramie, Wyoming. She runs a year-long meat CSA which includes products she raises along with products from other local farms. She markets her products and has customers all over the country. BJ loves helping other local farms develop and improve their marketing strategy as the basis for a profitable farm business.

1 pm – 4:30 pm

Local Farm Tours

 

5:30 pm

Farm to Table dinner featuring locally grown products.

Panel Discussion about the future of food in Wyoming

Bunks BBQ

March 11

 

 

7:30 am

Coffee and Fresh Pastries

Networking

 

8:15 am

 Welcome and Keynote

Brad Tyndall, CWC President

Concurrent Sessions

9:30 am  – 4:00 pm

Lean Management Principles Applied to Vegetable Production

3 hour virtual workshop

Ben Hartman of

Clay Bottom Farm

Financial Intelligence: We will look at a simple financial system to identify the most and least effective parts of your ranch business. We will also talk about what it takes to get from good financials to action that lead to greater profit.

John Haskell of

Ranch Right, LLC

Strategic Communication for Your Operation: What does it take to build a strategic communications plan that effectively delivers your message and brings in customers and dollars? Join us to learn about the communication planning process, communication strategies, and tips for success that you can implement right away.

Jennifer Weydeveld, Central Wyoming College

Julie Daniels, UW Extension

 

Calculating Break Even Price/Yield for your Operation: Breakeven describes the price or yield needed to cover cash costs for a particular enterprise. Earning more than breakeven levels of return is necessary for profitability. It is critical that enterprises be profitable for the overall farm/ranch to be profitable. Attend this session and learn how to calculate breakeven price and yield for your enterprise mix, as well as account for the risk involved.

John Hewlett, UW Extension

Solar Energy on the Farm and Ranch: Range Solar will present practical solar purposes for the farm and ranch, including passive solar ideas. From 1 solar module to 100, batteries or not, solar can be useful in any operation

Stacey Schmid with Range Solar

The Wyoming Food Freedom Act: LeAnn Miller and Melissa Hemken will review the Wyoming Food Freedom Act and how it relates to your producer-to-consumer food sales. They will also report on the current Food Freedom Act changes being considered in the state legislature and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Consumer Health Service's inspection and regulation.

LeAnn Miller with  Eat Wyoming

Melissa Hemken, CWC Community Food System Specialist

Profitable Poultry: Do your chickens pay their way? Whether keeping laying hens to sell eggs or raising meat birds to harvest for packaged chicken products, managing the flock as a business creates profitability. Melissa Hemken will talk about managing poultry for production capacity, including breeds, feed, coop designs, equipment and supplies. She will help you focus your goals for your flock, whether it's to provide your family with eggs and meat, or to generate business revenue.

Melissa Hemken of Melissahof Hatchery

Making Money with Mushrooms

Daniel Stewart of High Country Fungus

Professional Goat Browsing, Strategic Land Management

Lani Malmberg with Goat Green, LLC

 

Managing Pastures to Reduce Feed Costs

Barton Stam, UW Extension

Marketing Alternative Cuts of Meat

Amanda Winchester, Central Wyoming College

Goat Dairy

Lindsey Washkoviak of Medicine Bow Creamery at Brush Creek Ranch

Insect Management for Controlled Spaces

Jeff Edwards, UW Extension

Thank you to these generous sponsors!

  • University of Wyoming Extension
  • Central Wyoming College
  • USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program
  • Wyoming Department of Ag Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
  • Farm Credit Services
  • Western SARE

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