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Beginning Beekeeper Course | Snohomish County | Washington State University
02/07/2020
Beginning Beekeeper Course | Snohomish County | Washington State University

Beginning Beekeeper Course | Snohomish County | Washington State University

Designed to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered during the five week course include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, as well as honey removal and processing.

02/07/2020
farm-guide.org

Be part of Farm Guide 2020!
Farm and market listings, plus display advertising options, for the 2020 edition of Tilth Alliance's Farm Guide are now open and ready for sign up.

New for 2020 — print and online listings are now bundled at no extra cost. Listing fees are offered on a sliding scale based on gross the annual revenue of your farm or market. Plus, new distribution routes including multiple ferry routes and SeaTac Airport are in the works.

Sign up today! Purchase a listing or renew your listing from last year by Monday, March 2 to be included in this year's print edition.

https://farm-guide.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/farm-guide-media-kit

Early Bird Registration ends this Friday!Don't miss out - Register Now!  Important reasons to register today for the 202...
01/17/2020
Women In Agriculture

Early Bird Registration ends this Friday!
Don't miss out - Register Now!


Important reasons to register today for the 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference:
~ A special day just for women involved with agriculture!
~ Only happens once a year!
~ Engaging and interactive small group settings!
~ Networking and connecting with other women in agriculture - a day away from your
regular job!
~ Women agree! - A great conference with practical information you can use right
away!
~ Early Bird Registration is going away after Friday, January 17 - save money.

Visit our website for more information: www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu or contact one of us at WSU Extension. We hope to see you on the 25th!

You won't want to miss this year's conference!
Make the connection between a Healthy You and a Healthy Farm!

WSU Extension

01/05/2020
Register Now - Don't Miss Out!Join us for inspiration, knowledge and networking Saturday, January 25, 2020 for the 8th A...
01/03/2020
Women In Agriculture

Register Now - Don't Miss Out!
Join us for inspiration, knowledge and networking Saturday, January 25, 2020 for the 8th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference.




Don't run out of time - register now for the 2020 Women in Ag Conference. Experience an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers. This is a one-day event held simultaneously at sites throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

We plan to feature women in agriculture on our Women in Ag website. If you are interested, please send a picture of your business or farm to showcase (jpg or jpeg, high resolution please). Be sure to include your name, business/farm name and your state. Attach the picture to an email and send to [email protected].

We have 32 event sites - please check and see if one will work for you!

Visit our website for more information: www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu or contact one of us at WSU Extension. We hope to see you on the 25th!

2020 Locations
Washington: Bremerton, Colville, Coupeville, Goldendale, Grandview, Nespelem, Olympia, Pasco, Port Angeles, Renton, Republic, Ritzville, Spokane, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and Winthrop
Alaska: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Palmer and Soldotna
Idaho: Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, McCall, Moscow, Sandpoint and Twin Falls
Montana: Bozeman and Great Falls
Oregon: The Dalles
Hawaii: Hilo

You won't want to miss this year's conference!
Make the connection between a Healthy You and a Healthy Farm!

WSU Extension

11/06/2019

Did you miss out on the early registration? It’s ok, you can still register at the door. General admission $70

Get ready for the yummiest biscuits ever! The Biscuit Box is back again so be sure to get their early before their gone....
11/04/2019

Get ready for the yummiest biscuits ever! The Biscuit Box is back again so be sure to get their early before their gone. 😋

11/03/2019
www.focusonfarming.org

Early Registration Closes Today!
The Biscuit Box is ready with breakfast, the program is at the printers, the bags will be delivered on Wednesday and the menu for the amazing local lunch is going to blow you away! The speakers have sent in their presentations, the tables are being set up on Monday, tractors for the trade show (you know you want one) will move in Wednesday morning, the rest of the trade show is sold out! Speakers fly in on Wednesday, it’s almost time. Do you have your tickets yet? Save $10 and get yours online today at www.focusonfarming.org

Focus on Farming is made possible by our amazing volunteers that work all year long to put this wonderful conference together, they put the tracks together and help with all of the details that go into putting Focus on Farming together. They are the BEST.

No conference can happen without the support of sponsors, we are extremely appreciative of our wonderful sponsors. Please stop by the trade show and thank them for supporting our agriculture community.

Conference Sponsors
•Coastal Farm and Ranch

Luncheon Sponsors
•King Conservation District
•Snohomish Conservation District
•Snohomish County Farm Bureau

Track Sponsors
•King County
•Sierra Pacific Industries
Smith Brothers Farms
•Sno-Isle Library

Table Sponsors
•Cedar Grove Compost
•Northwest Farm Credit Services

Don’t worry if you miss out on the early registration, you can still pay at the door,

What's your favorite farm picture? We are putting together the slide show for this year's Focus on Farming, send your fa...
11/01/2019

What's your favorite farm picture? We are putting together the slide show for this year's Focus on Farming, send your favorite picture to [email protected] and you just might see it up on the big screen! The planning committee will pick it's favorite picture for two free registration's to the conference. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday at noon.

11/01/2019

Do you have a small forest on your property? Look at the great classes offered at Focus on Forestry this year.

Wildfire Risk Reduction

Learn practical techniques to apply to your house, yard, and forest to greatly increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire. Learn how to properly prune your trees, what to plant, and how wildfire risk reduction interacts with other management objectives, such as wildlife diversity.



Session 2. WildCrafting and Agroforestry on the West slope of the North Cascades

Presenter: Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski – Founder and Director of Friends of the Trees Society, Port Townsend, WA

Description: Pilarski introduces wildcrafting and agroforestry opportunities and practices in the region for economic and environmental benefits to forest and agricultural lands. These practices can increase the outputs of forests, offer new products and provide flexibility in forestry management depending on the landowner’s goals. Michael brings over 25 years of commercial wildcrafting experience, has worked with 100s of plant species and has taught agroforestry for over 30 years.



Session 3.

Developing a Forest Adaptation Plan: strategies to reduce adverse impacts and increase resilience

Presenter: Crystal Raymond – Climate Change Strategic Advisor for the City of Seattle, Seattle, WA

Description:

Forests on the West Slope of the Cascades are changing with summer droughts posing challenges for small forest landowners. The changes to the local climate greatly affect the historical conditions in which forest thrive. Luckily, landowners have many proactive tactics and silvicultural techniques to help forests succeed. Learn to develop a plan of adaptation strategies for managing forests to climate change impacts to reduce impacts and increase resilience to sustain ecosystems a

Session 4

Managing Forests for Climate Change: Understanding Tree Mortality

Presenter: Kevin Zobrist- Professor of Forestry at WSU Extension, Everett, WA

Description:

Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout western Washington. Cedars and hemlocks have been particularly hard-hit, causing concern for many property owners. Learn why so many trees are dying right now and how to recognize when there’s a problem on your property. Topics include insects, diseases, and drought, and what property owners should do (and not do) to increase tree resilience and mitigate impacts.

This year's conference is packed with great info!  A one page business plan, Learn how to get started with a strategic b...
11/01/2019

This year's conference is packed with great info! A one page business plan, Learn how to get started with a strategic business plan for 2020 - all on one piece of paper from keynote speaker Erin Pirro.

Get the latest on the Produce Safety Update and get all of your questions answersered in the Technical Assistance Listening Session – What Do Farmers Need? Presenters: USDA, WSDA, WSU, NABC, SCD, Snohomish County and more. Bring your best questions and we will find the answers with our professionals.

Less than one week to preregister! Two great keynote speakers and 28 workshop classes in seven different industry tracks...
10/29/2019

Less than one week to preregister! Two great keynote speakers and 28 workshop classes in seven different industry tracks. Agritourism, Industrial Hemp, Flower Farming, Livestock Production, New and Beginning Farmers, Forestry and The Business of Farming. For details of each track, speaker information and to preregister www.focusonfarming.org

10/22/2019

Are you new to farming or just thinking about starting? Check out the beginning farming track at this year's Focus on Farming conference. Workshop tracks include Soil Health 101,
Financing Options and Other Resources, Lease Literacy and
The Farm to Farmer Project: Start-up to Succession Planning. This will be a great opportunity to learn and network with others just getting started and meet farmers willing to share their knowledge.

10/21/2019

New this year at Focus on Farming.
Technical Assistance Listening Session – what do farmers need?

Presenters: USDA, WSDA, WSU, NABC, SCD, Snohomish County, etc.

Join agency and NGO representatives to learn what technical assistance is available and provide input about what needs are going unmet. Equipment, technical assistance, capital, land, markets, grants, and food safety will be among the topics discussed. Any one attending the conference is welcome to join this round-table discussion.

www.focusonfarming.org

Thank you to Coastal Farm and Ranch for your Conference sponsorship of Focus on Farming. Coastal has been a wonderful su...
10/14/2019

Thank you to Coastal Farm and Ranch for your Conference sponsorship of Focus on Farming. Coastal has been a wonderful supporter of the youth in the region at the junior livestock shows and in stocking the feeds and equipment needed to raise and show livestock. Welcome Coastal, we are so glad to have you as a sponsor! Be sure to stop by their booth in the trade show!
#coastalfarmandranch
#coastal

10/12/2019
www.focusonfarming.org

Industrial Hemp the fastest growing agricultural product according to this mornings report on CBS’s Today show. You can learn how to get started growing, the rules around hemp, marketing and much more in the hemp track at this year’s Focus on Farming conference. Registration is open now www.focusonfarming.org
#hemp
#industrial hemp
#focus on Farming

The trade show at this year's Focus on Farming conference is filling up fast! Only 5 spots left, contact linda.neunzig@s...
09/18/2019

The trade show at this year's Focus on Farming conference is filling up fast! Only 5 spots left, contact [email protected] if you have questions or would like to reserve your spot.

Snohomish County Focus on Farming's cover photo
09/18/2019

Snohomish County Focus on Farming's cover photo

06/21/2019

Did you know June is Dairy Month?
In honor of the hard working dairy farmers and the importance of the industry to Snohomish County, Executive Somers presented the Dairy Women of Snohomish County and the Agricutlure Advisory Board with a proclationtion declaring June as Dairy Month in Snohomish County. The Snohomish County Council also presented them with a Resolution in Support of Dairy Month.

05/08/2019

Farm to School & ECE Regional Gatherings
Free ~ Sign up for a location near you below!

The Washington State Farm to School Network and WSDA Farm to School are organizing Farm to School Regional Gatherings in six locations around Washington. The first part of the afternoon will include training and networking for farmers to meet school buyers to build sales relationships, or partner up with to teach students about farming.

School gardeners, school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, teachers, parents, childcare providers, and anyone else interested in farm to school in the region are also encouraged to attend. Students welcome!
Please forward this on to everyone that might be interested.

May 16 – Chelan: RSVP here
May 21 – Federal Way: RSVP here
May 22 – Spokane: RSVP here
May 23 – Walla Walla: RSVP here
May 28 – Battle Ground: RSVP here
June 10 - Mount Vernon: RSVP here (in Mount Vernon, the training and buyer networking is from 1-3pm)

At 2pm there will be a training/networking session on buying local food for school nutrition staff, farmers, childcare providers, and other attendees working on local foods in meal programs.
Sign up for the 2pm time slot when you sign up for a gathering!

Agendas include:
• 2 - 3:30pm: Local food in school meals & early care: Procurement training and networking for farmers, school nutrition staff, and childcare providers facilitated by WSDA Farm to School. CEU documentation for nutrition staff will be provided.
• 3:30 - 4:30pm: Regional farm to school networking - School gardeners, educators, teachers, childcare providers, and any other farm to school partners will join school nutrition staff and farmers to talk about local farm to school and early care successes, challenges, and strategies for moving forward.
• 4:30 - 5:30pm: Gathering regional input on Washington State Farm to School Network development & priorities
Agenda for Northwest Washington will be from 8:30am-3pm starting with a training for school garden educators and teachers organized by Viva Farms. Check out the Northwest WA agenda here!

Snohomish County Focus on Farming's cover photo
05/08/2019

Snohomish County Focus on Farming's cover photo

04/19/2019

The ag census is here and it’s great news for Snohomish County Agriculture! So many stats, the county farmgate value increased from $139 million to $157 million. The number of farms increased from 1,438 to 1,558.

Join us on Monday April 29th to discuss our disappearing farmland. In the 2017 census of showed that Snohomish County lo...
04/19/2019

Join us on Monday April 29th to discuss our disappearing farmland. In the 2017 census of showed that Snohomish County lost over 7,000 acres of farmland in five years. How do we balance our food security with 250,000 people moving to the county? Join us for this interesting and thought provoking conversation.

Issues That Matter Disappearing Farmland: Population Growth and Food Supply Sustainability

April 29th at 6:30pm at the Monroe Library!

Join us for an evening of discussion on disappearing farmland and food supply sustainability in our community.

The farms of the Sky Valley have long been a food supplier to area residents. Regional population growth is putting pressure on that farmland as more people look for affordable housing and quality of life factors.

Panelists will discuss how these forces may shape the future of the Sky Valley, the region and sustainable local food production.

Featuring facilitator Linda Neunzig, Snohomish County Agriculture Coordinator, and guest speakers:

Nick Bratton, Forterra
Robin Fay, PCC Farmland Trust
Bobbi Lindemulder, Snohomish County Conservation District
Neil Subhash, Present Tense Farm
Leah Werkhoven, Werkhoven dairy
Sam Low, Snohomish County Council Member

The Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island is accepting applications for its next 8 month training program. https://organ...
02/21/2019
The Organic Farm School

The Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island is accepting applications for its next 8 month training program.
https://organicfarmschool.org/

The Organic Farm School (OFS) offers a full-time, 8-month, expe­ri­en­tial training pro­gram designed for aspir­ing farm­ers to learn and prac­tice the skills they need to run a small-scale organic farm. Through attend­ing weekly lec­tures, dis­cus­sions, and demon­stra­tions on top­ic...

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02/11/2019

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02/08/2019
What a wonderful way to show farm visitors calving.
02/03/2019

What a wonderful way to show farm visitors calving.

A great opportunity for a career in the meat industry. This is a success cooperative with the first USDA mobile slaughte...
01/30/2019
On farm, on site butcher for USDA mobile processing truck

A great opportunity for a career in the meat industry. This is a success cooperative with the first USDA mobile slaughter unit in the country.
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*Island Grown Farmers Cooperative (IGFC) is the longest operating on farm processor for local, home grown, grass fed animals in the country. We have a unique opportunity for an on farm processor to...

01/18/2019

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund Application to Open February 1

Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the application for the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will open February 1 at 8 a.m. PST. The application will remain open for five weeks before closing on March 8 at 5 p.m. PST.

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Since it was established in 2011, the Fellowship Fund has awarded $2 million to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching.

Once the application opens on February 1, a link will be posted on the Fellowship Fund web page at www.farmvetco.org/fvfellowship. Veterans who would like to receive an email notification when the application is posted can sign up at www.farmvetco.org/notify.

The application consists of both short answer and essay questions and requires veterans to submit a business plan. Once the application period ends on March 8, an advisory panel of agricultural industry professionals convenes to review the submissions. Award announcements are expected to be made in April.

A webinar to review the application followed by a Q&A session will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. PST. Registration is limited to the first 500 participants, but a recording will be posted to the Fellowship web page after it’s completed. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8095158054240674827

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