gardening

Melodie Edwards

Out under the cottonwoods in her backyard near Fort Washakie, Eastern Shoshone member Pat Bergie shows off her new raised-bed garden. “Those are the tomatoes, strawberries,” she says, pointing at the rows of small seedlings. “Over here, I’d done some cabbage inside. I brought them out and planted them and those are what’s gone.” Gone because birds came and gobbled them up. “The big ones, the magpies are the ones that went out,” she says, laughing. “They’re the hoggy ones.” Bergie inherited...

Gayle Woodsum

Solutions to hunger and obesity are often best developed by local community groups. That’s the message a delegation of food security advocates from Wyoming took to a global meeting in South Africa last month. The conference, called the Action Learning Action Research Congress, brought together advocates from all over the world to discuss how to create lasting social change. Gayle Woodsum is the founder of Feeding Laramie Valley, a community gardening organization. She says they went to South...

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Many consumers are interested in the benefits of so-called ‘good bacteria’ in curing foods and gardening. That’s why this year’s LocalFest in Lander is offering a film festival, gala dinner and workshops celebrating microbes. LocalFest organizer Stefani Smith says the highlight will be a hands-on composting workshop with author Jeff Lowenfels . " Jeff Lowenfels we brought in this year to focus on microbes and composting and compost teas. He’s an author of a book that’s nationally acclaimed--...

Albany County Public Library

Gardening in Wyoming’s cold, arid climate can be challenging, but using seeds that were raised and collected here could improve the results. So when Albany County Library’s Public Services Specialist Cassandra Hunter heard of a so-called ‘seed library’ in Montana, she decided to start one in Laramie. She says the area falls in one of the most difficult growing zones to garden in. “I think that our climate is really problematic and so, on a good day we’re zone 3, maybe? Mostly zone 4 and that...

City of Laramie

At a city council meeting tonight in Laramie, a nonprofit group will request a lease on 115 acres of city-owned land to grow food for the hungry. Albany County has some of the highest rates of food insecurity in the state, according to University of Wyoming Public Health Professor Christine Porter. “Unfortunately, as many as one in eight children nationally are hungry and the proportion in Albany County is a bit worse,” she says. “Largely because students are generally poor and can struggle...

Blue Mountain Associates

Through a $2.5 million dollar grant, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes will be able to study the health benefits of starting backyard gardens. The project is called Growing Resilience and is a collaboration between tribal health groups, the University of Wyoming and the nonprofit, Action Resources International. Dr. Virginia Sutter is President of Blue Mountain Associates, a group that focuses on agriculture and health issues on the reservation. Sutter says a 2013 pilot project...

In collaboration with the University of Wyoming, a local food advocacy group conducted a study to find out just how many vegetables a backyard garden in Wyoming can produce. The project is called Team G.R.O.W., or Gardening Research of Wyoming. Gayle Woodsum is the founder of Feeding Laramie Valley, the group sponsoring the research. She says the idea behind the study was simple. “So these were gardeners who said, yeah, we’d like to know, really, how much are we producing. And what value does...

University of Wyoming

With help from a five million dollar USDA grant, the University of Wyoming and two local groups are conducting a study of the health benefits of gardening. They found fourteen volunteers with significant medical issues to start growing food in their own backyards. The goal is to see if gardening improves their health. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports. [Fade up Ambi of background garden sounds] MELODIE EDWARDS: Gayle Woodsum runs a group called Feeding Laramie Valley which...