Master Gardeners, farmers marketing association pool resources

Master Gardener Judy Logue, who died last year, was honored during the awards banquet by Chris Hilgert, state Master Gardener coordinator. Her image was projected on the wall. Award recipients are, front, from left, and 2013 volunteer hours and county: Jackie Taylor (191 hours, Laramie), Terry Logue (receiving award for wife Judy, Master Gardener for 15 years in Natrona), Jo Anne Arzillo  (232 hours, Natrona), Carol Morrison (835 hours, Goshen), Sue Hays (148 hours, Goshen). Back: Bob Prchal (377 hours, Park), Katherine Hall (275 hours, Campbell), Jerry Simonsen (505 hours, Goshen), Patsy Larson (215 hours, Campbell), Chris Hilgert, Master Gardener state coordinator.
Master Gardener Judy Logue, who died last year, was honored during the awards banquet by Chris Hilgert, state Master Gardener coordinator. Her image was projected on the wall. Award recipients are, front, from left, and 2013 volunteer hours and county: Jackie Taylor (191 hours, Laramie), Terry Logue (receiving award for wife Judy, Master Gardener for 15 years in Natrona), Jo Anne Arzillo (232 hours, Natrona), Carol Morrison (835 hours, Goshen), Sue Hays (148 hours, Goshen).
Back: Bob Prchal (377 hours, Park), Katherine Hall (275 hours, Campbell), Jerry Simonsen (505 hours, Goshen), Patsy Larson (215 hours, Campbell), Hilgert.

Wyoming Master Gardeners joined with Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association members for their state conference in Sheridan March 13-15.

The combination pooled their resources, says Chris Hilgert, state Master Gardener coordinator with UW Extension.

“We believed that together we would be able to offer the best conference possible,” he says.

Presentations over two days included soil maintenance, bees/pollinators, grapes/vineyards, poultry/greenhouse, herbs, arranging cut flowers food presentation, fruit tree grafting, and tomato grafting.

Master Gardeners were recognized for their hours of volunteer labor in their communities. Carol Morrison and Jerry Simonsen, both of Goshen County, logged the most with 835 hours and 505 hours respectively last year.

Hilgert says the conference provides timely, relevant, and applicable education to Wyoming gardeners, ag producers, and farmers markets.
“Both groups are working toward the same mission – supporting local producers, home gardeners, and farmers markets through education,” Hilgert says. “We all bring something valuable to the table, and bringing it all together helps us do a better job.”