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Small Acreage Program

 

The Small Acreage program provides educational workshops and other outreach to residents on how to manage issues such as mud and manure management, fencing and pasture management, and other water quality topics unique to rural properties. If you are interested in receiving emails about upcoming classes and events, please sign up for the Small Acreage Program Listserv .

Classes, workshops, tours, and other events are offered throughout the year. See below for upcoming events and resources:

Living on the Land
Harvest Celebration
Workshops and Training
Well and Septic Workshops
Small Acreage Expo
Small Farm Tours
Model Property Assessments
Agriculture Business Planning
Publications

Living on the Land

Living on the Land is a 12 week class series where small acreage landowners learn stewardship practices to help better care for their land.  Living On the Land participants learn about important topics pertaining to soil, water, plants and animals that guide sound stewardship decisions for small acreage management.  Topics are presented by local and regional experts and include pasture management, controlling weeds, wildlife, soil health, well & septic maintenance, and many more.  Graduates of this training come away with knowledge about how different aspects of their property interact, practices that enhance natural resources, and helpful strategies for improving their property by taking a whole farm approach.

When: Thursdays, September 5 – November 21, 6pm-9pm, (Note: This class will meet Tuesday October 29, instead of Thursday October 31st)
Where: Hazel Dell, WA
Cost: $35/person or $50/family – up to two attendees. (partial scholarships are available on a limited basis)
Registration: This course is now full for 2019. If you would like to be notified of when the 2020 Living on the Land registration is open, please email smallacreage@clark.wa.gov.

Class size is limited to 30 students and registration fills quickly, so fill out the survey soon!  Upon completion of the survey, you will be contacted and given a registration link.  Please allow several days for your survey to be reviewed and registration link sent.

For more information or to be added to the wait list for 2019 classes, contact  WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at smallacreage@clark.wa.gov or 564-397-5729

Harvest Celebration

Baby chick petting at Botany Bay Farm

Nine farms will open their doors to the public on Saturday, September 21st,  to show the bounty of local agriculture in Clark County and give neighbors an opportunity to tour and meet their area farmers. In previous years over one thousand area residents came out  to participate. There will be a variety of fun-filled events such as animal petting, hay rides, self-guided tours, a seed-saving workshop, u-pick produce, family-fun games, and photo ops with alpacas. The farms offer tours and sell farm fresh products.

What: Annual Harvest Celebration
When:  3rd Saturday in September, September 21, 2019
Where: Nine farms throughout Clark County
Cost: FREE
Registration: not needed. Just show up!
2019 Program and Map: Program and Map

If you would like to help with this event or for more information, contact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at smallacreage@clark.wa.gov or 564-397-5729.

Workshops

The Small Acreage program offers workshops throughout the year on issues of interest to rural landowners. Topics include mud and manure management, pasture management, wells and septic maintenance, fencing for livestock, and more! See below for our upcoming offerings:

Streamside Planting with Native Plants

Where: Vancouver, WA

Date: October 19th, 2019

Time: 10am – 1pm

Cost: $10 per person

Registration and details at: https://streamplants.bpt.me

Composting Manure Workshop

Where: Vancouver, WA

Date: NOTE: This workshop has been rescheduled. The new date is: October 30th, 2019

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: $10 per person

Registration and details at: https://compostingmanure.bpt.me

 

WSU Women in Agriculture – January 25th, 2020

Date: Saturday,
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Vancouver, WA
Cost: $30-$35/person
Register: (coming soon)

Well and Septic Workshops

How do I sign up? To register for a Well and Septic workshop, select from these options, all take place from 6pm to 9pm.

Hazel Dell – Wednesday, March 13, 2019 https://bpt.me/4095014

Ridgefield – Wednesday, June 26, 2019 https://bpt.me/4091336 …(NOTE: the location has changed and is now WA Department of Fish and Wildlife in Ridgefield, 5525 S. 11th St. Ridgefield, WA 98642)

Whipple Creek (Ridgefield) – Wednesday, July 24, 2019 https://bpt.me/4091294  (Note: this workshop is full)

La Center – Wednesday, December 11, 2019 https://bpt.me/4091348 (Note: this workshop is full)

Time: 6PM-9PM

Where: Exact location provided upon registering

Cost: $15/household

What: Homeowners with septic systems and wells are invited to attend the Well and Septic workshop to learn valuable tips about maintaining their septic system and protecting their water supply. Clark County homeowners with owner-occupied, gravity fed septic systems can get certified to perform their own septic inspection at the workshop, saving money while learning important maintenance tips.  Gravity fed septic systems must be inspected every three years with every other inspection performed by a certified O&M professional.

Septic inspection training and well safety tips will be presented by officials from Clark County Public Health, who help homeowners meet regulations protecting surface and ground water by ensuring septic systems and wells operate properly. By participating in the workshop and taking a short exam, homeowners can perform their next septic inspection and file it with Clark County Public Health rather than hiring a certified O&M professional to do it.

For more information or to be informed when upcoming workshops are available: contact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Program  Coordinator at smallacreage@clark.wa.gov or 564-397-5729

Small Acreage Expo

WSU Clark County Extension and the Public Works Clean Water Program are celebrating our 14th Annual Small Acreage Expo on Saturday, April 13 at the 78th Street Heritage Farm. This is fun-filled event, with eleven different workshops held throughout the day on topics such as sustainable pasture management,  composting, pollinators, addressing landscape drainage, and landscaping with native plants. Become certified to self-inspect your gravity-fed septic system. Take a tour of the 78th St. Heritage Farm and much more!

Participants will also have the opportunity to peruse educational booths to learn more about local organizations and agencies serving the small acreage community.

What:  Small Acreage Expo
When: April 13th, 2019 Annually in April
Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm
Cost: $15 for preregistration. $25 for walk-ins
Register at: https://smallacreageexpo2019.bpt.me

For more informationcontact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Program Coordinator at smallacreage@clark.wa.gov or 564-397-5729

 

Small Farm Tours

Serendipity Alpaca Ranch Tour Highlights Stewardship

Saturday, June 29th, 2019 – 11 AM to 1 PM

Ridgefield, WA

WSU Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites participants to tour Serendipity Alpaca Ranch in Ridgefield, WA that was recognized for stewardship efforts. The five-acre ranch sustainably keeps alpacas and a couple of goats. Participants will have the opportunity to see grazing control options and different fencing types, as well as learn about practices to manage drainage, runoff and reduce mud. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask animal husbandry questions and see the pasture and compost areas.

Registration is $10 and tour size is limited, so pre-registration is required. Register and find more details at https://alpacaranch2019.bpt.me or call 564-397-5729.

Tours of farms and properties that follow clean water management practices, such as guttering to reduce mud, fencing to keep animals from eroding streams, composting of manure, and siting of outbuildings to improve efficiency, help participants see what is possible on their own property.

 

Small Acreage Recognition Program

The Small Acreage Program, supported by Clark County’s Clean Water Program, wishes to publicly recognize residents who are implementing clean water management practices on their acreage. If you or someone you know are doing good things on their small farms or rural property to protect our water, please let us know!

Do you manage your small acreage in ways that also protect our waters? Do you …Doing Our Part for Clean Water sign

  1. Drainage – have gutters and downspouts on your buildings; and your runoff does not discharge directly into streams, creeks, or ditches?
  2. Vegetation features – have vegetation around steams, creeks, and wetlands; livestock fenced out or restricted from waterways?
  3. Limited erosion & compaction – have limited areas of bare soil?
  4. Inspected septic – know the location and type of septic system and when it was last inspected; limit activity on drainfield?
  5. Protected Wellhead – know where your well is located and wellhead is adequately protected?
  6. Safe chemical & fuel storage – store your chemicals and fuels properly away from wells and septic systems?
  7. Livestock manure – manage manure to minimize nutrient runoff?
  8. Manage pasture – have few weeds, limited bare soil areas, and little compaction in your pasture?

If you do some or all of these, you should consider applying to receive a Clean Water Sign. The Clean Water Sign shows your neighbors and the public that you are managing your land in ways that also protect our precious local waterways.

Completing our Assessment Guide for Small Acreages will give you an idea if you might qualify to receive this free Clean Water sign.  Send your completed survey to the Small AcreageCoordinator at smallacreage@clark.wa.gov  and you will be contacted for a site visit to determine if you qualify for a sign.

Farm Business Planning

Are you a small acreage farmer looking to improve your business? The Ag Entrepreneurship & Business Planning Class can help you develop a successful business plan for your farm business.

This 10 week course occurs every winter. Class topics include business planning, marketing, research methods, budget and record keeping, taxes, regulations and much more. Classes are taught by local farm marketing specialists, accountants, attorneys, agricultural professionals, and farmers sharing their farming and marketing experience. At the end of the course, students will emerge with a full business plan to take with them to guide their farm business decisions into the future.

Registration is $100 per family or farm. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis.  Before you register, you must take our pre-registration survey.

For more information, contact the WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at smallacreage@clark.wa.gov or 564-397-5729

Publications and Videos

Finding Services

Managing Runoff

Wells and Septic Systems

Land Management

Stream Buffers for Agricultural Lands

Pasture and Grazing Management

Managing Manure

Other Resources

Annual Report & Impacts

Small Acreage Program 2018 Annual Report (4 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2017 Annual Report (3.2 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2016 Annual Report (4 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2015 Annual Report
(4.9 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2014 Annual Report (7.9 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2013 Annual Report (6.5 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2012 Annual Report (5.5 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2011 Annual Report (3.7 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2010 Annual Report (1.8 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report (467 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2009 Annual Report: Appendices (3.9MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report (516 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2008 Annual Report: Appendices (2.7 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report (792 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2007 Annual Report: Appendices (7 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report (572 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2006 Annual Report: Appendices (6.4 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report (570 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2005 Annual Report: Appendices (6.6 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report (400 KB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2004 Annual Report: Appendix A (6.8 MB PDF)
Small Acreage Program 2003 Annual Report (1.9 MB PDF)[/textblock][/column]

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