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Campbell County Extension Office
Hannah Johnson has been in Gillette for five years as the Campbell County Extension Office's Horticultural Expert. The Extension Office has five departments; one of them is Hannah's area of expertise, and includes the Master Gardeners program.
"Generally I get a lot of grass questions," Johnson says, "but questions tend to lean towards what kind of weather we're having."
Along with events that residents may be familiar with like the Saturday Farmer's Market, Community Gardens, and Tree Sale, the Extension Office is always open to provide help and guidance for those in the community looking to improve their green thumb.
"You can bring in a plant, you can bring in an insect. Maybe you have a lawn question or a tree question about what grows great here," says Johnson. "I can help answer any questions you have, even if it's how to build a high tunnel [greenhouse] or what type of seed for grass is the best to plant."
Some of the newer programs associated with the extension office and the Master Gardeners are: Bee City, USA, which means educating the community about what types of plants and flowers are best to include in your garden or landscaping to encourage all kinds of pollinators, not just bees.
Recently the office added a Seed Library. Residents are encouraged to "check out" different types of seeds, including vegetables hearty enough for the Wyoming climate. They're taught how to save seeds from the resulting crop to "return" to the library. You're allowed up to 15 packets of seeds.
"This is so we have a seed bank here in this northeast area that's used to our ever-changing weather and our hard soils to grow in," says Johnson. "And I'll be able to tell you how to save a variety of seeds for fruits, vegetables, and flowers."
The next project for the Master Gardeners will be an "urban orchard" at Camplex Park, in conjunction with the Campbell County Parks & Recreation department. The trees planted in the orchards will have "bee hotels," designed to encourage bees to hibernate in Campbell County for the winter. Hopefully maintaining the pollinator population will encourage the fruit to grow.
"Our goal for next year is to hold workshops out there for pruning fruit trees, harvesting fruit trees, and doing anything to educate the community." There will hopefully be a variety of fruit trees available to both pick from and learn from.
There's no cost associated with dropping in on the extension office and visiting with Hannah. Her office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. She'll even make house calls every Thursday for those hard-to-figure-out problems.
The Campbell County Extension Office is located at 412 S. Gillette Ave. You can call them at 307-682-7281.