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.”
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