The fall season.  It’s so much more than pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and boots.  On the ranch, it’s a very busy time.  Preg-checking cows, working calves, farming and prepping equipment before the snow flies.  Add to that, the start of school and soccer for our daughter with 60-mile round trips to town, it often feels like my husband and I are two ships passing in the night.  I have to be honest though, it feels that way in every other season outside of winter, too. 

Spring is calving season and summer days are 16 hours spent in the tractor, haying.  Even if you don’t live the ranch life, I’m sure many of you can relate.  It seems stressful, and it is always a struggle trying to balance it all, but fall remains my favorite time of year.  I must admit that I am more than ready for hoodies, scarves, and boots, but I’ll skip the sticky sweet pumpkin spice latte in favor of a hot cuppa from my French Press at home.  Sorry Starbucks.

We all have our own reasons for loving, (or hating) fall.  These seasonal transitions can be a very personal experience based on your background, life circumstances and important events that happened in your life and have shaped you into the person you are today.  The staff at Outliers Creative (OC), publishers of this magazine, are a diverse team of individuals who come together each month to pour a little bit of ourselves into each and every issue of 82801.

In this month’s issue, T.J., our resident east coast transplant, University of Alabama grad and avid knowledge seeker highlights what’s going on at Sheridan College.  He introduces us to a southern photographer who has brought the story of the longleaf pine to Wyoming through a stunning collection of large-format photographs, now on display at Sheridan College.  Later, he drops in on the Wyoming Culinary Institute and gives us a taste of the programs they offer and how it gives students with Food Network dreams a taste of restaurant industry reality.

Mama bear of two, and *OC Production Editor Steph, explores how, in a bold move, Sheridan County School District #1 parted ways with the USDA’s National School Lunch program and their one-size-fits-all approach in favor of a Farm-to-School style.  Sourcing meat and produce from local students and producers, the program provides more nutritious meals to students while strengthening Wyoming’s direct to market economy.

As the Ag Editor, I take a look at Wyoming’s ag production by the numbers.  It is, after all, harvest season, and agriculture is a top three industry in our state.  A graphic designer by trade, I worked the most recent data from the USDA into a fun and easy-to-understand infographic to share with you, our readers, the value of agriculture and the effect on a state’s economy where cattle outnumber people.

So, dear readers, I hope you enjoy the local goodness you’ll find in the following pages, the fruits of our labor here at 82801.  We love what we do, where we live, and deeply value your readership.

By: Candice E. Schlautmann for 82801

* It is not an exaggeration when I say if not for her herculean efforts and that of our Art Director, Richard Massman, each and every month, you would not be enjoying this publication.

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