WSU Cultivating Success - Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching Course
First in the Cultivating Success series, this course gives students a broad overview of production and marketing options for today's small farms. Whether you are an established farmer seeking to sustain your existing operations or are a beginning farmer interested in sustainable production and whole farm planning. This course is a great way to connect with the local farming community and the resources that exist to support your farm.
Course presenters include successful local producers and university specialists with expertise in direct marketing, integrated pest management, production planning, ecological soil management, livestock and more. This is a multi-county collaborative course offered through presentations, video conference, in-class activities and two additional field days to learn about different styles of successful small farm enterprises.
Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. This course is taught in collaboration with Skagit Valley College ENVAG 270.
The course will be offered in English with Spanish language interpretation provided at the Skagit location. Extension programs and policies are available to all without discrimination. To request disability accommodations contact us at least ten days in advance.
Course cost $260 per farm for up to 3 people.
Course will be held:
September 21 - December 7
WSU Skagit County Extension Office
11768 Westar Lane Suite A Burlington, WA 98233
Course will also be offered via video conference with in-class activities at
WSU Island County Extension office
406 North Main Street, Coupeville, Wa 98239
Course facilitators: Kate Smith, Kate Seymour and Loren Imes
Kate Smith, WSU Small Farms Team Latino Farmer Outreach Educator, has a BS in Biology from University of Washington and is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Science through WSU. Smith's experience supporting small farms includes two years providing technical assistance in Skagit County, three years teaching Farmer Field Schools in Panama during her Sustainable Agriculture Peace Corps Service and three years working for the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance in Seattle as manager of the U-District Farmers Market and Columbia City Farmers Market.
Kate Seymour, WSU Skagit County Research and Outreach Coordinator, has a degree in Business and Psychology from Albion College. She has spent the past five years immersed in the Skagit County small business food and agriculture. Her experiences range from working as farm manager at small organic farms to produce manager at local retail stores.
Loren Imes, WSU Island County Master Gardener/Farm and Food Systems Coordinator, has an extensive background in farming and has worked hard to make this course available to Island County this year!
All instructors are well connected to the local farm network and are enthusiastic about supporting small farms to succeed.
WSU Skagit County Extension (View)
11768 Westar Lane, Suite A
Burlington, WA 98233
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