Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Jennifer Faulkner

University of WY

Jen Faulkner was raised on a Wyoming cattle ranch, initiating a life-long history with Wyoming agriculture. Jen received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming and worked around the West for many years performing Wildlife Biology and other Environmental Science consulting work. Jen later gained a Master of Science Degree in Soil Sciences, also from the University of Wyoming. During her graduate studies, Jen was awarded the Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship. Here, Jen created a project entitled Reflections of a Cow Man’s Daughter featuring a photography exhibit of Wyoming ranchers, with images gathered over the course of a year.
Jen has long- held passion for local food production, and upon completion of graduate school, she managed her own ranch operation near Riverton, Wyoming. Jen sold dairy, beef, eggs, meat chickens, and some produce to local customers, and was highly active in Fremont County’s Local Foods movement. Jen’s most recent endeavor is in a new role with the University of Ag Extension in collaboration with the USDA Regional Food Business Center as a Local Foods Coordinator working around the state of Wyoming. Jen is especially eager to connect local food producers with resources and technical assistance to promote successful operations, and to help foster a sense of community around the state and among the region.
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