Small Acreage Program

2017 Ag Entrepreneurship & Business Planning Classfarmers market booth2

Registration is now open!

Are you a small acreage farmer looking to improve your business? Take our Ag Entrepreneurship & Business Planning Class to learn tips and tools to develop a successful business plan.

This 10 week course runs Thursdays 6-9pm, February 23 – April 27 in Hazel Dell, WA. Class topics include business planning, marketing, research methods, budget and record keeping, taxes, regulations and much more. Classes are taught by local farm marketing specialists, accountants, attorneys, agricultural professionals, and farmers sharing their farming and marketing experience. At the end of the course, students will emerge with a full business plan to take with them to guide their farm business decisions into the future.

Registration is $100 per family or farm. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis.

Before you register, you must take our pre-registration survey.  Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey today. Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link. Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

For more information, contact Amber Lefstead, WSU Clark County Small Acreage Program  Coordinator at amber.lefstead@wsu.edu or 360-397-6060 ext. 5729

Upcoming Small Acreage Program Events:

Now Scheduling Model Property Assessment VisitsDoing Our Part for Clean Water sign

Want a ‘Doing Our Part for Clean Water’ sign for your property? If you score 2.5 or higher on our Water Quality Self-Assessment Guide for Small Acreages, you’re a great candidate.  Contact stiendm@wsu.edu

For information on the Small Acreage Program or Living on the Land curriculum, workshops and classes, contact:
Doug Stienbarger, Extension Director
(360) 397-6060 ext. 5742
stiendm@wsu.edu

The Small Acreage program, funded by the Clean Water Program in partnership with WSU Extension – Clark County provides educational workshops and other outreach to residents on how to manage issues such as mud and manure management, fencing and pasture management, and other water quality topics unique to rural properties.

The goal of the Small Acreage program is to reduce pollution entering storm and surface water coming from residential and agricultural properties by giving residents the knowledge and skills necessary to manage their land and animals in a way that will help keep water clean.

Publications and Videos

Finding Services

Managing Runoff

Wells and Septic Systems

Land Management

Stream Buffers for Agricultural Lands

Pasture and Grazing Management

Managing Manure

Other Resources

Small Farm Publications and Videos

 

Workshops and Training

The Small Acreage program offers workshops throughout the year on issues of interest to rural landowners. Topics include mud and manure management, pasture management, wells and septic maintenance, and fencing for livestock.

For those who wish more in-depth information, the program also offers a 12-week series, Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages. Graduates of this training come away with a workable plan for their property that they created themselves based on what they learned in class. For the next class, check the calendar (http://clark.wsu.edu/calendar/index.asp) or call 360-397-6060 x 5742.

Small Farm Tours

The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is often true. Tours of farms and properties that follow clean water management practices, such as guttering to reduce mud, fencing to keep animals from eroding streams, composting of manure, and siting of outbuildings to improve efficiency, help participants see what is possible on their own property.

Small Acreage Recognition Program

The Small Acreage Program, supported by Clark County’s Clean Water Program, wishes to publicly recognize residents who are implementing clean water management practices on their acreage. If you or someone you know are doing good things on their small farms or rural property to protect our water, please let us know. Email Doug Steinbarger at  stiendm@wsu.edu

Annual Report & Impacts

Small Acreage Program 2015 Annual Report (4.9 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2014 Annual Report (7.9 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2013 Annual Report (6.5 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2012 Annual Report (5.5 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2011 Annual Report (3.7 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2010 Annual Report (1.8 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report (467 KB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report: Appendices (3.9MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report (516 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report: Appendices (2.7 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report (792 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report: Appendices (7 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report (572 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report: Appendices (6.4 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report (570 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report: Appendices (6.6 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report (400 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report: Appendix A (6.8 MB PDF)

Small Acreage Program 2003 Annual Report (1.9 MB PDF)