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Extension offers guides to Wyoming food producers, local food groups


Guides to Wyoming food producers and local food groups are available through the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.

"This project was developed in response to a need for research-based information and education related to local foods," said Kentz Willis, Extension nutrition and food safety educator in Sheridan County. "The guides will not only help residents find wholesome local food producers but also show how to safely prepare or preserve those foods."

The Wyoming Local Foods Guide website is available by going to www.uwyo.edu/ces and clicking on the Eat Wyoming link on the right-hand side of the page. Users can search by county for local producers, community gardens, farmers markets, out-of-state producers, local foods groups and more. Links include food preservation and storage, food safety, recipes, regional resources and contact information.

"The website has a great searchable database and some really useful features, like a map view of the producer location," said Willis. "A comprehensive glossary will help users better evaluate many of the claims--organic, natural, grass-fed, for example--made about foods."

Free print versions of the bulletin are available at county Extension offices. The guide is also available online by going to www.uwyo.edu/ces, clicking on Publications on the left-hand side of the page, then clicking Search Bulletins and entering B-1224 into the Publication Number field.

The project is funded by UW Extension, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Program and the UW School of Energy Resources.

Willis, fellow NFS educator Jennifer Jacobsen in Teton County and former food and nutrition Extension specialist Suzy Pelican started the project last year.

"The project seeks to enhance and expand existing relationships among local food producers and consumers in Wyoming primarily through increased consumer knowledge about the benefits, safety and availability of locally produced foods," said Willis.

The broader Eat Wyoming project includes Wyoming Local Food Expos, which are educational and networking opportunities for local foods producers and consumers. Expos occurred in Sheridan and Pinedale earlier this year.

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