Birds are chirping, days are warmer and longer. Life is good. It’s time for new love, renewed possibilities and reconnecting with good ol’ Mother Nature.

The editorial team here at 82717 couldn’t be happier. Why? We’re itching to get outdoors, have some fun in the sun and spruce things up a bit. This month, we share our refreshed enthusiasm with you, our friends and neighbors, via the first annual Garden Issue of 82717 Life Magazine. Welcome!

It comes budding with Master Gardener insights, our thoughts on the top shops of the season, heaps of gardening greatness and more.

Beginning with local YouTubers Mike and Erin Galloway of “Our Wyoming Life” family ranch and garden (who make money letting people watch their cows), we take you through their production first-hand and ask the tough questions like what it means to become an internet sensation overnight.

Dive into our interview with local gardening rebels, the Moorcroft Garden Gnomes, who speak gregariously about going against the grain and sticking it to the man to cultivate a community garden with their bare hands, seeds and soil.

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Meet the next generation of poultry champions, Chaylin and Chyla Stephens, and their favorite chickens, Mayhem and Mischief, in the first story of a new series we’re calling the Campbell County Fair Clover Kids, which follows local 4-H’ers of all ages through the process of preparing and presenting their fair projects.

While this issue is inspired by the excitement of springtime, and filled to the brim with inspiration for your garden, including the best patio furniture for your yard from our friends at Home Depot, it also speaks to a larger conversation about farming, the value in sustainability and the role of growers and consumers.

Read our expanded digital issue now, with works from Jen Kocher, Charity Stewart, Ryan Lewallen, Adam Ritterbush and more, at 82717Life.com and connect @82717Life.

Then run, don’t walk, to check out the new Outliers Creative website at outlierscreative.com.

Next month, look for our summer trend report boasting the best daytrips, camps and jams for summer 2019.  You won’t want to miss it!

By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff

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