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Recent Articles about Clallam Extension

WSU Extension’s Regional Small Farms Program 

 Serving the tri-county area of Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap, this team covers a lot of ground with a tremendous amount of expertise, passion and breadth of resources.   Since 2015, the Food & Farms team across Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties have worked closely with farmers and community members to provide a wide array of educational and networking opportunities, support a profitable agricultural economy, promote land and water stewardship, and to ensure that members of our community have access to healthy food. 

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How food access, community health and farmers markets are interwoven

 

Farmers Markets have been an access point for fresh farm foods and artisan goods for over five thousand years. Pikes Place Market is the oldest in Washington, having started in 1907. The Sequim and Port Angeles Markets have both been open for more than 20 years.

Also true is that WSU Clallam Extension has been providing support to help our local markets all the while. WSU Extension serves as a science-based resource for community health, agricultural practices, and economic development. Sharing many overlapping goals, farmers markets and WSU extension offices have long worked collaboratively. Let’s spotlight the Community Health side of farmers markets!

5 Ways Farmers Markets Champion Community Health:

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Artwork courtesy of Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market, artist Sarah Necco

Clallam Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Joyfully In-Person May 7th, 2022

Having creatively kept the plant sale alive over the past 2 years of the pandemic, there is great joy in returning to an in-person event. The Master Gardeners love this day and can’t wait to see the Woodcock Garden abuzz. 

For at least 20 years, the Master Gardeners have been hosting this spring plant sale to raise funds for the operation of the Woodcock Garden, the 5th Street Community Garden in Port Angeles, the Youth Enrichment Programs in our local schools plus other educational programming. Read the full story here.

Eat Local First, Win $100 & the Symbiotic Nature of CSA’s

Eat Local First was created in response to the loud and clear message coming from consumers and farmers alike that the demand for local farm-fresh products has never been greater and that a need for a state-wide directory was outstanding. The result is that partners from around the state began working together to create a comprehensive online Washington Food & Farm Finder which continues to develop in breadth and scope.

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The Positive Trajectory of Gleaning in Clallam County

Gleaning is the practice of harvesting unused or surplus produce and distributing it to those experiencing food insecurity. It reduces food loss, provides access to fresh produce and builds community connections. This practice has long historical standing and is mentioned in many religious texts from around the globe, when farmers would intentionally leave produce in the fields to be harvested by the hungry. Today, gleaning occurs on small farms, commercial farms, at farmers markets, in backyards, and from urban fruit and nut trees. Read the whole article here.

Vicki Zmuda, Native Harvest Gleaning Coordinator

SNAP-Ed in Clallam County

We at SNAP-Ed recognize that the causes of poverty, poor health and limited food access are systemic and often insurmountable. Through partnerships with community organizations and service providers such as schools, health care and food banks, SNAP-Ed targets the structures and systems that prevent people with limited resources from accessing nutritious, wholesome food and opportunities for physical activity. SNAP-Ed employees and their partners work to remove the barriers people face.

Four main topics addressed in the SNAP-Ed program are:

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Native Pollinator Corridor

Native pollinators need more than native flowers, they need uninterrupted corridors and appropriate housing. Each native pollinator has a unique way of nesting, this can take place deep in a grass tuft or inside a particular hollow stem of a native plant. This sort of detail drives the passion of Cathy Lucero, a group of Master Gardeners and various volunteers connected through the Clallam Conservation District to recreate roadside management teams that care for our native flora and fauna. Read the whole story here.

 

 

4-H Looks at Clallam’s Opioid Epidemic & Takes Steps

How 4H teens from Peninsula College’s Upward Program took action

Read the full article on this unique research team and what they learned

 

Show the Process of Researching the Opioid Epidemic in Clallam County

A Farmer’s Seed Pinning Meeting

What does your garden have to do with seed saving?

For seed production, the overwintered plants are left to bud and bloom, allowing for spring pollination followed by seed formation and seed harvest. When you go to the garden centers in spring to purchase seed packets, you are partaking of that harvest. To ensure accuracy with all the different varieties that are out there, the pollination needs controls. The seed must be accurately pollinated and this takes planning because pollen travels with bees, other pollinators and winds over miles.

Read the full article on Pinning and Seed Saving in Clallam here

Pinning Meeting in process