Cultivating Success

Program Contact: Kate Ryan, Agricultural Program Coordinator
(425) 357-6024 •

The Cultivating Success™ program combines classroom and on-farm learning experiences to help foster the success of new and existing farms and ranches.

Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching

Monday evenings, 5:30-8:30pm, Sept. 19 through Dec. 5, 2016 plus all day Sat. Oct. 1.


Carnation Farm’s Alpine Room
28901 NE Carnation Farm Road
Carnation, WA 98014

Agricultural Entrepreneurship

Mondays 5:30-8:30pm Jan. 9 thru Mar. 20, 2017; plus two Saturdays Feb. 25 and Mar. 4, 2017 all day.


We’ll be using web technology to simulcast the course between two locations so students can participate closer to home.

Carnation Farm’s Alpine Room ECC Gray Wolf Hall
28901 NE Carnation Farm Road 2000 Tower Street
Carnation, WA 98014 Everett, WA 98201


Each course is $300 per farm/family (up to three people)

Class size is limited for both courses and pre-paid registration is required. Register online at or download this form and mail with your check.


For more information on the courses, contact Holly Small, or Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.

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. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Karie Christensen at (425) 357-6012 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Who should take the courses?

Current and future small- to mid-scale farmers and ranchers and those considering farming as a career and/or lifestyle.

Learn how West Valley Beef ranchers Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder came to be supporters of Cultivating Success.

Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder

Cultivating Success Instructor

Holly ThompsonAgriculture teacher and small farmer Holly Small has been leading, developing, and expanding our Cultivating Success courses since 2009 to excellent reviews.

During that time she’s become a go-to authority for local farms and farmers looking to expand opportunities and production while developing a long-term sustainable operation.

A WSU graduate in animal science and agriculture economics with an MS in agriculture education, Small has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services as a loan officer and the Nestle Regional Training Center at Carnation Farm as Public Relations & Conference Center Manager.