Workshops and Conferences
Periodically there will be local workshops and conferences available to the general public to provide encouragement, information, and networking opportunities.
Cascadia Grains Conference
Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching Course
Smart phones, high-tech tools help farmers put every drop to work
By dryland standards, potato growers in Washington’s rainy Skagit County don’t irrigate much—only about five inches a year. Read More
Family Forest Owners Accomplish Goals and Reduce Risk
Is your forest healthy? How do you know? When harvesting timber, what is your fair share? Is a handshake good enough? How do you enhance wildlife habitat and protect your land from wildfire? How do you harvest timber sustainably without trashing your land? The Forest Stewardship Shortcourse will help you answer these questions. Beginning October 24 through December 12, an outstanding series of weekly classes will be conducted for owners of small-scale family forests (typically 5-500 acres). You can become eligible for cost-share assistance to implement practices, be considered for reduced property taxes, and become a certified forest. This award-winning program is known as the Forest Stewardship – Coached Planning Shortcourse, and is conducted by WSU Extension and the WA Dept. of Natural Resources. It is called “Coached Planning” because a major part of this training involves “coaching” participants as they develop simple management plans for their forests. Among the topics to be covered are: forest ecology; forest health; applied silviculture; reforestation; responsible timber harvesting; forest soils; riparian area management; fish and wildlife habitat; cultural resources; special forest products; forest recreation; and more. Course fee is $75 per person, family or land parcel. Participation is limited to 30 registrants on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of the registration and fee. Classes will be held weekly on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the McCleary Community Center in McCleary, WA. The course is taught by the state’s recognized experts from WSU, DNR, and other natural resource agencies. The course has never been held in Gray’s Harbor and surrounding communities, so take advantage of this unique opportunity. If you are interested in this training, please call the WSU Extension office at (509) 667-6540. To download a brochure/ registration from the web, go to http://forestry.wsu.edu