The 12th Annual Wyoming Farmers' Market Conference & Annual Meeting has been canceled and is being rescheduled.

"Start,Market and Grow Your Small Scale Food Venture"
Ag Resource and Learning Center

Marty Butts

8:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch Provided

Workshop 2

Workshop 1

"Guide to Value Adding Products in Wyoming"

Cole Ehmke

Building a Dome Greenhouse Workshop
Veteran's Garden Site

Jeff Edwards/Coleman Griffith

1:00 - 5:00

Saturday, September 29th Seminars

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Wyoming Farmers' Market President)

8:00 - 8:15

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

8:15 - 9:30

Website Management and Marketing

Nick Giraldo

9:30 - 9:45


9:45 - 11:00

"Heritage Orchard Establishment and Management"

Scott Skogerboe

"What's the Buzz"

Bee and Honey Production

Tate Belden

11:00 - 12:15

"Undercover Veggies"

High Tunnel Management

Chris Hilgert

"Grape Growing for Novices"

Sadanand Dhekney

Dome Greenhouse Building Continuation

Jeff Edwards/
Coleman Griffith

12:15 - 1:30

Lunch & Wyoming Farmers' Market Association Annual Meeting
(Board & Election of Officers)

1:30 - 2:45

"Everything You Need To Know About Growing

Micro Greens"

Donald Legerski

"The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly"

Weed & Pest ID & Management

Jeff Edwards

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 4:30

"The Do's and Don'ts of Successful Grant Writing"

Nate Lauer

Conference/Seminar Speaker Information

Scott Skogerboe

Scott Skogerboe was named the 2016 recipient of the American Horticultural Society's Paul Ecke Jr. Commercial Award, which recognizes individuals with commitment to the highest standards of excellence in the field of commercial horticulture. Scott has selected, discovered and bred numerous plants. Often tracking down selections believed lost forever, his horticultural detective work has led him to exciting finds, such as the last surviving apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed. Skogerboe ran his own edible plant nursery for several years before joining Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery in Colorado, where he has spent the last 30 years as the plant propagator. Scott graduated from CSU in 1994 with a B.S. in Horticulture.

Sadanand Dhekney

Dr. Sadanand A. Dhekney is currently an Assistant Professor of Horticulture at University of Wyoming. Sadanand Dhekney’s current research focuses on expanding grape production in Wyoming. Stationed at the UW Sheridan Research and Extension Center, Dhekney also holds the E.A. Whitney Professorship in Agriculture position. The position, which implements the enhanced degree program with UW’s agroecology curriculum, is endowed by Whitney Benefits in Sheridan. Sadanand received his Ph.D in Horiticulture at University of Florida in 2004. He received the Young Scientist Award in Vitro Biology in 2013.

Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards is a University of Wyoming Extension Specialist responsible for educational programming in Pesticide Safety, Rural Living and Horticulture topic areas. Mr. Edwards is based in Lingle at the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC). Jeff travels the state, giving training sessions and managing high tunnel construction workshops. In 2016 for his work in extension he received the 2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during their annual Professional Improvement Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Nate Lauer

Nate Lauer is a grant writer an reviewer affiliated with a number of non-profit organizations for whom he has written various private and governmental based grant applications. He is a Northeastern Colorado native and grew up on a 1000-acre farm and ranch. He continues to be connected to the agricultural industry in various ways

Marty Butts

Local food advocate, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and the owner of Small Potatoes, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in working with food businesses of all kinds. Marty has spoken at conferences and summits around the country, including at TEDxUtica in October 2013. He has also spoken at universities, community centers, grocery stores, private homes, city parks, and on stairways and wooden crates. Topics include starting and growing food businesses, community supported agriculture, crowdfunding, food cultures, and a wide variety of food system topics. He has over 10 years experience working with farmers, food producers, retailers, distributors, consumers, not for profits, farmers markets, technology companies, restaurants, publications, and universities. His focus is on developing fair and sustainable food systems that support independent businesses and healthier communities.

Cole Ehmke

Cole Ehmke is an Extension Specialist with University of Wyoming Extension and is based in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. His work covers agricultural entrepreneurship topics as well as personal financial resource management. Recent projects have included creating a manual for managers of CSAs (community supported agriculture ventures), supporting local foods projects to promote the product ion and consumption of foods with a local identity, coordinating and teaching in the Annie’s Project management training classes for women in agriculture (a six session class that provides information on the five sources of risk: production, marketing, legal, human and financial), and presenting on financial management topics for youth and women. Additionally, he works with individuals on exploring new Ag ventures. Cole was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Sydney, Australia, where he received his MS degree, and he received his BA from Bethany College. Prior to joining the University of Wyoming he was at Purdue University. He grew up on a grains farm in west central Kansas. He has just returned from a year of travel in New Zealand.

Coleman Griffith

Coleman Griffith is an agricultural and environmental educator with a BA in Sustainability from Goddard College. When he can get away from his desk job, he operates a small homestead with his wife in Lander, WY.  He has been constructing high tunnels for the past 3 years.

Nicolas Giraldo

Chris Hilgert

Since joining University of Wyoming Extension in 2011, Chris has served the entire state as a horticulture specialist and state coordinator for the University of Wyoming Extension Master Gardener program. He has field experience working in commercial fruit and vegetable production, and the commercial landscape industry. Chris received two degrees from Oregon State University including a B.S. in horticulture emphasizing in turf and landscape management, and a M.S. in horticulture. As a graduate student, he conducted research on organic and synthetic herbicides, turf fertility, and evaluated turf variety trials. His Extension career began in 2003 and he worked as a county Extension educator for 8 years. In his current position he provides horticultural training and resources to home gardeners, Master Gardeners, and green industry professionals.

Tate Belden

Back in 1979, Belden started keeping bees in the backyard of his parents' home in Laramie as an 'in town' FFA project for High School. The next 3 years he worked with a small, commercial apiary in Northern Colorado. About 4 years ago he and his wife were looking for an avocation to enjoy together after their son had gone off to college. On a whim, he suggested beekeeping. His wife jumped at the chance! Since, Heather and Tate have worked to educate, share and mentor new keepers in and around Natrona County with the Natrona County Beekeeping Association, offering presentations for civic groups and schools, yard visits for other keepers and 'open house' weekends and new keeper's classes in their apiary. As an extension of his current career in IT, they also host the group's web site: and are working with the Wyoming Beekeeping Association to enhance their online presence.

Donald Legeski

Donald Legerski is a native of Wyoming, a Certified Grower, Master Gardener and Landscape Garden Services business owner in Sheridan. With a passion to invigorate the State’s economy by utilizing our agricultural advantages, Donald is involved with communicating, educating and volunteering as is needed to support and encourage the development and production of regional food sources and native species by utilizing greenhouse production techniques. With 14 years of Horticultural experiences and education in relation to Wyoming’s unique growing environments he is an expert on producing crops within the State to meet the needs of the individual gardener, as well as Wyoming’s population as a whole.

"Nicholas Giraldo is a market researcher specializing in search engine optimization. Nicholas has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming and has experience in copywriting, digital marketing, and workforce development. Nicholas is also a US Army veteran and enjoys helping small business clients around the state with their market research questions.