9th Annual Mini Garden Expo Workshops this weekend

The workshops for the “Mini” Garden Expo are this Saturday! Workshops are FREE and family friendly. If you’re familiar with the Garden Expo, be aware of the new location!

WORKSHOPS: Saturday June 12th 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CWC Alpine Science Institute (50 Field Station Road, Lander)


Throughout the day, the BUSY BEE GARDENERS workshops will provide crafts and education for youth ages 4 to 10 so parents can drop off their kids and go engage in workshops. At 1:00 p.m. a workshop of FAMILY GARDENING will provide a time for the whole family to learn some tips and tricks to make gardening with your kids easy and enjoyable.

Here is a summary of all the workshops:
PRODUCE HARVESTING, MARKET PREP & FOOD SAFETY will cover proper food safety handling when processing and packaging fresh produce. Learn about harvest techniques and tools for different crops, as well as how to wash and pack.

PLANNING A NEW GARDEN PLOT will bust some myths and set some new ground rules for growing vegetables. Learn about what it takes to grow a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. Lean about soil amendments and how to make your own organic fertilizer.

BACKYARD CHICKEN PROCESSING will be a hands-on workshop on processing your own meat chickens. Warning – we will be slaughtering live birds. Participants will learn how to take their own chickens through seven steps required to prepare them for their freezer.

CHERRIES & BERRIES will discuss growing and managing small fruit such as currants, gooseberries, and cherries. Participants will learn about challenges and rewards. Plants at the Alpine Science Institute will be toured during the presentation.

ORCHARD GUILDS are mutualistic and intentional plant communities placed around fruit trees that mimic natural plant systems. Each plant in the guild has a specific function supporting the health and productivity of the tree. Plant functions within the guild are grass suppressors, pollinator attractors, mulchers, nutrient accumulators, nitrogen fixers and pest repellers. Learn what plants perform these functions and how you can install a guild in your own landscape.

EXTENDING THE GROWING SEASON WITH LOW TUNNELS will cover the basics of building a low tunnel that can be used for extending the growing season in backyard gardens. Using common supplies from a local hardware store, participants will get hands-on experience with how to build their own low tunnel. Utilization of low tunnels and other season extension strategies will be discussed.

BACKYARD DAIRY PRODUCTION will discuss how to choose an appropriate dairy animal for your needs. We will look at different milking styles, equipment, and discuss health and safety.

BEEKEEPING will offer an introduction on what is needed to get started. This class will touch on the history of bees, keeping bees healthy, and wintering bees in Wyoming. The class will display equipment and tools.

This line up of workshops will be offered in the morning and repeated in the afternoon with some exceptions. Click here for a schedule.

RSVP requested but not required. You can sign up for these FREE workshops by visiting our website popoagie.org.

If you have any questions, call Popo Agie Conservation District at 332-3114.

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