Learn how to address the practical problems of managing your farm or
ranch. This conference combines tours, concurrent sessions and
nationally-known speakers such as author, speaker and farmer Joel
and professional speaker and humorist Jolene Brown
conference is designed to help women owner/operators, Native
American managers, livestock and alternative crop producers, and
small, beginning, limited-resource operators.
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will cover the topics listed below-
Assessing alternative ventures
Managing animals on small
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Before and after the conference
tours will provide participants the opportunity to visit and talk
with people implementing interesting acreage management practices. A
tour of small acreage sites is offered both before and after the
conference (participants in the Monday tour will meet the bus at
2:15 at the Holiday Inn).
On Wednesday, participants have
their choice of the small acreage tour or an ag small
business tour (both will depart following lunch). Be sure to
indicate your tour choices when registering for the conference.
and 2 (available Monday and Wednesday) will be the
Acreage Tour and will visit properties that illustrate
landscaping, gardening and small acreage management.
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Tour 3 is the Ag Small Business
Tour and will visit agricultural producers who are
taking agricultural production to the next level with
innovative products and approaches to living and working on
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Confirmed stops include:
Wind River Mushrooms (Rick Wade)
produces mushrooms (portabella, whites and criminis) for
wholesale to food service at the rate of 60,000 pounds per
week. This unique 30 employee business is the only mushroom
grower in Wyoming, and the tour will show the facility, the
computer-controlled operation and tell how it developed and
(Brian Peil) provides the
opportunity for visitors to pick raspberries and pumpkins,
navigate a corn maze and buy melons (cantaloupe and
watermelon) direct from the farm. They also sell melons via
a stand, farmers markets and through Wal-Mart. In addition
they sell asparagus to a local restaurant and host school
field trips. Gain perspective from the Peils on raising a
diverse mix of produce, selling them through various
channels and providing on-farm activities.
Raspberry deLight Farms (Greg and Jan Jarvis) raises
raspberries and vegetables and produces 15 gourmet raspberry
products. With a u-pick raspberries, gift boxes and products
available at retail sites around Wyoming, Greg and Jan will
share insights on starting up a value-added operation that
extends from production to direct-to-consumer sales to
Activities for youth pre-school
and up will be provided by Audubon Wyoming Community
Naturalists. Your child can participate in these fun programs while
you attend sessions: Bio-Blitz Wildlife Safari, Bird Basics,
Signs of Life: Tracking Animals, Audubon Adventures, Arts &
Crafts, and more. If you are planning to bring your children
with you to the conference, please mention this when