Cultivating Success Courses

Program Contact: Kate Selting Smith
360-428-4270 ext. 223 •

Our Skagit County Cultivating Success Program offers courses that provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support necessary to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. Cultivating Success connects the student with the farmers and exposes them to real world situations through a community-based, experiential approach. Whether you are a community member wanting to learn the basics of farming/ranching or an experienced farmer/rancher wanting to try something new – Cultivating Success provides educational opportunities for anyone interested in the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful small acreage farmer or rancher.

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SSFR Poster 2015Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching

Learn how to apply successful whole farm management principles to your small farm operation. Evaluate your farm’s resources, develop marketing strategies, explore vegetable, flower or livestock production in a bilingual course with like
minded students. This 12-week course will begin Thursday September 22nd, 2016 and includes two Saturday field trips. Course fee is $260 per farm.


Offered in collaboration with Skagit Valley College SAGE Program ENVAG170. Community participants will receive WSU Continuing Education Credits.

Thursdays 6pm-9pm

September 22nd through December 8th 2016

WSU Skagit County Extension Office

11768 Westar Lane, Suite A Burlington, WA 98233


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AgEnt Poster 2016Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

Take your farm business to the next level with this 12 week course. A unique combination of guest speakers, in class discussion and assignments, this course dives into the business side of running a farm, from sales and marketing to financial management. At the end of the course, you will have the core elements of a business plan to guide your farm forward. Course fee is $260 per farm.

Thursdays 6pm-9pm

January 5th-March 16th 2017

WSU Skagit County Extension Office

11768 Westar Lane, Suite A Burlington, WA 98233

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