Small Farms Classes

Program Contact: Kellie Henwood, Regional Small Farms Coordinator
(360)379-5610 ext. 201 •


Cultivating Success: Whole Farm Planning

DATE: Thursdays Oct 19th – Dec 14th

TIME: 6-9pm

LOCATION: Two locations!

1) Peninsula College, 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA 98362

2) WSU Jefferson County Extension Classroom, 97 Oak Bay Rd, Port Hadlock, WA 98339

PRICE: $275 per farm.

Limited 2 people per farm

Pre-registration is required. Please indicate which location you will be attending.

To register, visit

Plus 1-2 Saturday Opportunities

No class Thanksgiving week

Each farm will receive a copy of the workbook, “Whole-Farm Planning: Ecological Imperatives, Personal Values, and Economics (Organic Principles and Practices Handbook Series)


This is an essential course for new and beginning farmers starting a farm or farm enterprise. Existing farms that are seeking whole farm planning tools


  • To gain knowledge of the practical aspects of whole farm planning for a wide variety of enterprises
  • To gain an understanding of the various components of sustainable small-scale farming systems
  • To gain skills in assessing the feasibility of developing a viable, sustainable, small-scale farming enterprise including how to evaluate personal and family goals, evaluate land and personal resources, and improve environmental outcomes
  • To learn about available resources and support networks for sustainable farming in Skagit
  • To develop a whole farm plan that meets social, environmental, and financial goals

This course builds on a foundation of principles established by Cultivating Success:

Farmer Mentoring – involves farmers as speakers and on-farm tours

Experiential Learning – on-farm visits and learning activities as part of the process for evaluation of enterprises, trying out ideas on others and receiving feedback

Community based – building networks of resource people and connections that help location of needed information

Whole Farm and Sustainability Focus – dependent on environmental, financial and quality of life aspects

Small Farm Focus – geared to smaller acreage operations that produce high value specialty crops and/or livestock and direct market to customers – BUT can be taken by producers with any sized operation as a means to learn more about specialty farming.


Kellie Henwood, Regional Small Farms Coordinator, (360) 379-5610 ext. 201

Nicole Witham, WSU Food Systems Program Coordinator, (425) 218-3608


WSU facilitators will be present at both locations providing live simulcast web technology from the Jefferson County location. Participants will be interacting with both audiences through presentations, group discussion and in-class facilitation.

Course Requirements

  1. Continuing Education Students

Community members (non-academic) may earn 1.5 Continuing Education Credits by attending classes. CEU students will not be required to complete on-line assignments. CEU are awarded on a basis of at least 80% attendance. This means missing no more than three classes (including field trips). Although highly encouraged, continuing education students are not required to complete assignments.

Women in Ag Conference – Save the Date!

Saturday November 18, 2017 – All day

Peninsula College, 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA 98362

“We Can Do It!” is the theme for the 2017 Conference. It will be an engaging, interactive day full of inspiration, learning and networking with other women farmers. The conference is a one-day event held simultaneously throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

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Kellie Henwood
Regional Small Farms Coordinator or (360) 379-5610 ext. 201