Livingston Farmers Market
May
30
to Sep 19

Livingston Farmers Market

WSE’s Livingston Farmers Market kicks off on Wednesday, May 30th, and will run from 4:30-7:30 pm every Wednesday through September 19th at Miles Band Shell Park, next to the Livingston Civic Center. This destination event will have locally grown produce and meat, baked goods, prepared foods, beer, and local arts, crafts, and jewelry. It’s a great place to come for dinner and socialize, stock up on locally grown foods, shop from local artisans, learn about community resources, or just relax and enjoy the view of the Yellowstone River and the Absaroka Mountain Range while listening to live music. As always, admission is free.

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Wildfire Preparedness Day at the Livingston Farmers Market
May
30
4:30 PM16:30

Wildfire Preparedness Day at the Livingston Farmers Market

Wildfire Preparedness Day will kick off the farmers market season on May 30th. Park County FireSafe Coalition will offer wildfire safety information and organize activities for the kids, including photo ops with Smokey Bear and a fire engine. Park High Band will provide music.

As always, public admission is free for this weekly community event on the banks of the Yellowstone River, where you can enjoy locally-grown produce and meat, quality handmade crafts, jewelry, and artwork, food and drinks, and entertainment.

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Community Health Day at the Livingston Farmers Market
Jun
13
4:30 PM16:30

Community Health Day at the Livingston Farmers Market

Community Health Day will take place on June 13th, sponsored by Livingston HealthCare, Granite Sports Medicine, and the Park County Health Department.

This week will feature The Ridgeway Collective as the musical guests, who play “a funky mix of Latin, soul, and jazz.”

The farmers market is open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from May 30th through September 19th at Miles Band Shell Park, rain or shine.

Go to http://www.westernsustainabilityexchange.org/ for exact dates of Special Event Days and live music, or call 222-0730 for more information.

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Range Rider Training Workshop
Sep
6
to Sep 9

Range Rider Training Workshop

  • B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Description
In the Northern Rockies, ranchers not only produce beef, they steward some of the most iconic wildlife habitat, water resources, and native plant communities in North America. The challenges they face are complex and often misunderstood. Whether you are a rancher, student, NGO, or agency worker – you might find yourself asking what tools are available that can help me be more productive and protect the health of this important landscape?

In this clinic, you’ll hear stories of lessons learned by ranchers and experienced range riders. You’ll learn about the many tools ranchers can use to tackle tough issues– including range riding, low-stress livestock handling, predator behavior, carcass management, and community-based problem solving. You’ll take away practical advice and inspiration that may help your ranch or community – wherever you are – address complex issues on the land.

Who should attend?
·      Existing and aspiring Range Riders
·      Ranchers and/or landowners
·      State or Federal Agency Representatives
·      NGO professionals
·      University students

Topics
·      Today’s Ranch – understanding history, context, and shifting paradigms
·      Strategies for ranching in predator habitat (range riding, fladry, fox lights, carcass management)
·      Regenerative grazing management strategies
·      Low-stress livestock handling (field practice)
·      Predator/prey relationships and cattle behavior
·      Community-based collaboration
·      Teambuilding and leadership
·      Breakout group sessions tailored to participant needs

Registration page coming soon!

To learn more about what Range Riding, please visit our Range Riding page here

If you have questions, please contact Jesse Tufte at jtufte@wsestaff.org

 

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Resilience and Today’s Ranch
Aug
26
8:00 AM08:00

Resilience and Today’s Ranch

How community collaboration, progressive livestock management, and a diverse, robust landscape can strengthen ranching operations in a changing West.

The day includes a tour, presentations, and discussions focusing on rangeland and soil health, coexistence with wildlife, range riding, and low-stress livestock handling at Anderson Ranch in Tom Miner Basin. We are looking forward to exploring ways to work together to strengthen and enhance our ranch operations, the landscape, and our rural way of life.

Cost: $20/Person (Includes lunch & refreshments)
Please RSVP by August 18th

If you have any questions please feel free to contact tmb527.association@gmail.com or 406-579-1956. To register, click here.

A collaborative effort byThe Tom Miner Basin Association and Western Sustainability Exchange with support from Natural Resources Defense Council.

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YES Summer Camp
Jun
19
to Jun 22

YES Summer Camp

WSE's Young Entrepreneurial Stewards Program (YES) teaches children (ages 7 to 17) business basics and sustainable business practices.

WSE will teach children how to:

  • Turn their interests into a business
  • Create a businesses
  • Determine profit and loss
  • Hone their math, writing, communication, and social skills
  • Learn accountability and responsibility

Sponsored by WSE and Arrowhead School.

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Daylong Soils Workshop
Jun
13
8:30 AM08:30

Daylong Soils Workshop

Nicole Masters, of Integrity Soils, will give an in-depth workshop on the drivers of soil health and ways to create healthy soil in gardens, farms, and ranchlands. 

$135 includes workshop fee and lunch.

Sponsored by: Tom Miner basin Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and WSE

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Soil Crawl
Jun
10
8:30 AM08:30

Soil Crawl

Nicole Masters (Integrity Soils), B Bar Ranch, and Indreland Ranch will explore the soil with an interactive tour and discussion of maximizing water storage and plant growth.

$50 includes sack lunch and BBQ dinner.

Sponsored by: Indreland Ranch, Northern Plains Resource Council, co-sponsored by WSE.

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Building Healthy Soils 101
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Building Healthy Soils 101

Nicole Masters, internationally renowned agro-ecologist and Director of Integrity Soils, will discuss the building blocks of healthy soil and how to achieve it in gardens, on farms, and ranches.

Free. Doors Open at 6:30 – Program at 7:00 pm

Sponsored By: Tom Miner Basin Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and WSE

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Range Rider Training Workshop
Jun
6
to Jun 9

Range Rider Training Workshop

Hilary Zaranek-Anderson will teach proactive management strategies for minimizing livestock loss due to grizzly bear and wolf predation, while also increasing soil and grassland health to improve ranch productivity and profits. 

$600/participant – includes lodging and meals

Sponsored By: Tom Miner Basin Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and WSE

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Low-stress Stockmanship
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Low-stress Stockmanship

Whit Hibbard, Sieben Ranch and Editor of Stockmanship Journal will discuss how this livestock handling method achieves regenerative grazing goals, creates healthy soils, treats animals humanely, reduced injuries to humans and animals and saves money.

Free. Doors open at 6:30, program begins at 7:00.

Sponsored by Tom Miner Basin Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and WSE.

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Range Riding & Its Benefits—Both to Ranchers & Wildlife
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Range Riding & Its Benefits—Both to Ranchers & Wildlife

Panelists:
Hilary Zaranek-Anderson, range rider coordinator for the Tom Miner Basin Assn., and Malou Anderson-Ramirez, of the Anderson Ranch, will describe how range riding keeps their cattle safe by avoiding or minimizing conflicts with wolves, coyotes and bears.

Lill Erickson, Western Sustainability Exchange, will outline ways in which range riding helps ranch profitability by reducing cattle losses and improving the quality of the range.

Zack Strong, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), will be on hand to answer questions about how range riding promotes coexistence between ranchers and wildlife.

This free panel discussion is the first in a series of presentations about ranching practices that create healthy soil and wildlife habitat, while at the same time increasing ranch profitability.

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