SESSION RECORDINGS COMING SOON…
Wyoming Food Coalition & Working Group Updates – 9:00am-10:15am
This year has been filled with events and initiatives for the Wyoming Food Coalition. There was a monthly Speaker Series each led by one of the seven working groups, a monthly newsletter which included a working group highlights and upcoming events, news, and food and agriculture resources, and overall building the foundation of the organization. Each of the seven working groups have all been working on their own initiatives and efforts in support of the overall Coalition.
Meat Packing & Industry – 10:15am-11:45am
This session will focus on the current meat industry in Wyoming and new meat packing laws in our state. Meat producers across Wyoming will join to discuss and answer questions regarding the current meat industry in Wyoming. Check out last year’s session on meat packing & processing here.
Crop Diversity & Specialty Crops – 12:15pm-1:15pm
There is a diverse range of specialty crops currently grown in Wyoming. Producers will speak about their farm operations and answer questions about their efforts. Along with other food producers across the state, Wyoming Food Coalition President Adam Bunker will discuss the efforts and growing methods of Papa Joe’s Produce based in Sheridan, WY.
Producer Feedback & Lessons Learned – 1:25pm-2:55pm
This session will focus on recommendations, feedback, and the lessons learned by Wyoming food producers. From environmental change to pest management, join this session to learn more about how to adapt as a food producer in Wyoming. Additionally, join us to let us know what you have learned as a food producer in Wyoming.
Strong Native Communities: Native Food Ways – 3:10pm-4:10pm
Wyoming’s native communities discuss and answer questions about native food and traditions. This session, led by Strong Native Communities working group chair Rhonda Bowers, will host Wind River Nation (Formerly Growing Resilience), where they will discuss growing gardens and creating food justice within native communities.
Wyoming Soil Health Initiative – 4:20pm-5:00pm
This session will focus on the current updates and next steps in building a state-wide soil health initiative in Wyoming. Led by Jay Norton (University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture) and Michael Selmer (Sustainable Ecosystems Chair).
Buyer/Grower: Regulations, Markets & Retails, Wholesale – 9:15am-10:45am
Want to help develop the market and distribution infrastructure to connect consumers to Wyoming grown food products and produce? This session will include a primer on regulations, selling direct to consumer, how to buy and sell local food wholesale, and how infrastructure expands to support it. Discussion will include sales opportunities through E-Commerce, developing market locations and distribution, facilitating producer-consumer relationships, and the support and systems available.
Listening Session & Issue Spotting: Identifying challenges & opportunities – 11:00am-12:30pm
The Wyoming Food Coalition wants to know what you think! This listening session will be focused on listening about what the Wyoming Food Coalition should focus their efforts on in 2022. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to share their take on our food system, sustainable agriculture, food access and justice, and/or climate change.