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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 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: September – November, 6pm-9pm, Where: Hazel Dell, WA Cost: $35/person or $50/family – up to two attendees. (partial scholarships are available on a limited basis) Registration: If you would like to be notified of when the 2020 Living on the Land registration is open, please email email@example.com.
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 notification list for future Living on the Land classes, contact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 564-397-5729
This is an annual celebration where multiple farms open their gates to the public to show the bounty of local agriculture in Clark County and give neighbors an opportunity to tour and meet their area farmers. Nearly 600 area residents came out to participate in 2019. There were 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 offered tours and sold farm fresh products.
What: Annual Harvest Celebration When: Saturday, September 19th, 2020 (3rd Saturday in September) Where: Multiple 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 email@example.com or 564-397-5729.
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:
WSU Women in Agriculture – January 25th, 2020
Date: Saturday, Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM Location: Vancouver, WA Cost: $20-$35/person Register: WomenInAg.wsu.edu
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 564-397-5729
CANCELLED -Small Acreage Expo
WSU Clark County Extension and the Public Works – Clean Water are celebrating our 15th Annual Small Acreage Expo in 2020 at the 78th Street Heritage Farm. This is fun-filled event, with 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: Saturday, April 11th, 2020 Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm Cost: $15 for preregistration. $25 for walk-ins Register at: https://smallacreageexpo2020.bpt.me/
For more information: contact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Program Coordinator at email@example.com or 564-397-5729
Small Farm Tours
Gifts of the Planet Farm Tour Highlights Stewardship
Saturday, November 16th, 2019 – 11 AM to 12 PM
WSU Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program invites participants to tour Gifts of the Planet Farm in Woodland, WA that was recognized for stewardship efforts. The half-acre farm is a highly productive organic farm that grows blueberries, apples, and pears. Participants will learn about organic fertilization, compost management, fencing to protect crops, as well as learn about practices to manage drainage, runoff and reduce mud. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and see a hoop house, vegetated stream buffer, the orchard and blueberry crops.
Registration is $10 and tour size is limited, so pre-registration is required. Register and find more details at https://fruitfarm.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 …
Drainage – have gutters and downspouts on your buildings; and your runoff does not discharge directly into streams, creeks, or ditches?
Vegetation features – have vegetation around steams, creeks, and wetlands; livestock fenced out or restricted from waterways?
Limited erosion & compaction – have limited areas of bare soil?
Inspected septic – know the location and type of septic system and when it was last inspected; limit activity on drainfield?
Protected Wellhead – know where your well is located and wellhead is adequately protected?
Safe chemical & fuel storage – store your chemicals and fuels properly away from wells and septic systems?
Livestock manure – manage manure to minimize nutrient runoff?
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.
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.
When: Wednesdays, January 22 – March 25, 2020, 6:00pm-9:00pm
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 (coming soon)
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