Small Farms Classes

Program Contact: Kellie Henwood, Regional Small Farms Program
(360) 379.5610 x 201 •

Introduction to Holistic Management

Presented by Roots of Resilience

Sponsored by WSU Extension, Western SARE, Clallam Conservation District, Jefferson Conservation District

Tuesday July 11th

8:30am – 4:00pm

Doors and registration open at 8:00am
***Registration is required beforehand***
Early Registration – Before June 30th – $75

Regular Registration – After June 30th – $85

To register visit

Light refreshments served, but please bring a bag lunch.

Sales and Registration Cut-Off Date
Thursday July 6th If you have not registered, please do not show up the day-of. There is limited capacity for this workshop.

Please send Kellie an email with the following:
Name, contact email and phone number, a short paragraph stating your interest in this workshop, reason for requesting scholarship, and how you will apply the knowledge gained in the workshop no later than Friday June 30th by 4pm.


We will begin with lectures and presentation in the morning with Sandra Matheson, President of Roots of Resilience PNW. After lunch break, we will take a tour and walk at a nearby grazing site for Land Monitoring exercises. Please be prepared to drive to nearby location and/or carpool with other participants. Bathrooms, parking and wheelchair access is available.

Topics presented are:
1) Holistic Planned Grazing Creating A Holistic Grazing Plan
Participants to learn the fundamentals of how to create a holistic grazing plan. Due to time constraints, participants will not complete a plan, but will walk away with tools to start the process on their farm.
What is covered / learned:
-Learn basic concepts and prepare a grazing plan that puts the animals in the right place at right time for the right reason.
– Learn a planning system that allows you to manage all the variables farmers deal with on a yearly basis (calving, breeding, water issues, hunting seasons, etc.,)
-Pre-plan for drought or other crisis
-Improve forage production, biodiversity and soil health
-Manage the land to capture the maximum rainfall
-Enhance triple bottom-line (People, Profit and Planet)
-How to address livestock, land, conservation, regulation, and social needs in a proactive manner.

2) Holistic Land Planning Creating An Ideal Holistic Land Plan
The workshop will provide the fundamentals for participants to create their own holistic land plan.
What is covered / learned:
-What is a Holistic Land Plan?
-Why is a Holistic Land Plan important?
-Fundamentals of how to create a Holistic Land Plan
-Take into consideration the land, people, animals and animal behavior
-How to implement a Holistic Land Plan over time
-How Holistic Land Planning integrates with Holistic Financial Planning

3) Ecological Land Monitoring Monitoring Your Land
Participants will improve their skills at reading the land and will practice some basic ecological monitoring. After the workshop, farmers will be able to perform some monitoring when they return home.
What is covered / learned:
-Learn the importance of yearly Ecological Monitoring
-When to carry out annual Ecological Monitoring
-How to select sites, tools needed and the process of reading the transects
-How to recognize the indicators of ecological health
-How used the results from Ecological Monitoring to diagnose problems and establish trends

Sandra is a life-long farmer, educator, filmmaker, author, speaker, and retired veterinarian. She runs a cow/calf operation and grass fed beef and yak business. Sandra participated in the five-year Washington State University IFS Holistic Management Project. She is an Accredited Consultant/Field Professional in Holistic Management and certified Consensus facilitator. Sandra is the President of Roots of Resilience and the North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative.

Participants will receive access to the seven e-Book series of Grazing, Land Planning and Monitoring!


On-Farm Compost Workshop

Thursday July 13th

Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive

Visit to Short’s Family Farm


WSU Extension welcomes Andy Bary back to the Olympic Peninsula for another fun, informative workshop about compost! Andy researches and educates producers about on-farm composting at Washington State University’s Puyallup Research Station. Workshop participants will have hands-on learning opportunities.






Topics Include:

  • On-farm Composting and Uses
  • Feedstock Options
  • Odor Management
  • Manure and Pathogens

Hands-on demos include:

  • Bulk Density
  • Compost Moisture
  • Compost Calculator

Lunch not included

Registration required

To register, visit


Women in Ag Conference – Save the Date!

Saturday November 18, 2017

Locations around the state, including Clallam and Kitsap County Extension

“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.

Would you like to receive periodic email updates about classes, workshops and resources offered from WSU? Email Kellie Henwood with you contact info indicating which county you live/farm in. We’d love to help you!

Kellie Henwood
Regional Small Farms Coordinator, Clallam – Jefferson – Kitsap or (360) 379-5610 ext. 201


Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (360) 379-5610. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.