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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

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: Wednesdays, August 29 – November 14, 6-9pm,
Where: Hazel Dell, WA
Cost: $35/person or $50/family – up to two attendees. (partial scholarships are available on a limited basis)
Registration: Before you register, you must take a pre-registration survey. This helps us ensure  the class will be a good fit for you.

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 or 564-397-5729

Harvest Celebration

Baby chick petting at Botany Bay Farm

Ten farms opened their doors to the public on Saturday, September 15,  to show the bounty of local agriculture in Clark County and gave neighbors an opportunity to tour and meet their area farmers. Over one thousand area residents came out  to participate in a variety of fun-filled events such as animal petting, hay rides, self-guided tours, and photo ops with alpacas. Farms offered tours and sold farm fresh products.

What: Annual Harvest Celebration
When:  2nd Saturday in September
Where: Farms throughout Clark County
Cost: FREE
Registration: not needed. Just show up!
2018 Map: 2018 Harvest Celebration Program


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 – October 27

On Saturday, October 27, the 2018 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska a unique opportunity to gather in 34 different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and practical advice for learning new skills.  This year’s event “Pump Up Your Financial Fitness” covers the topic of strengthening your farm operation with a healthy cash flow. Locally, the conference will be held at the WSU Clark County Extension at the Heritage Farm.

The financial management of an agricultural business often takes a back seat to the production aspects of the operation, but it matters how you manage your cash flow to be successful as a farmer.   Learning and using strategies to project and manage the cash flow will make a difference in farm sustainability.  This interactive and engaging conference will motivate women in agriculture to become better financial managers. The format of this conference enables us to offer our headline speakers at all locations, while still tailoring the conference content for each region.  Last year, nearly 600 women attended at the various sites.

The lineup for the day includes Robin Reid, farm economist and LaVell Taylor, farm analyst, both with Kansas State University.  Both speakers are also farmers and understand the importance of sound record keeping.  Conference participants will leave with the best strategies to start projections for next year, know how to monitor cash flow against actual income, manage family living expenses and the record keeping tools.  Sarah Beth Aubrey, author, farmer and owner of Aubrey Coaching and Training, will provide the tools to help women be successful and profitable doing “what they love most.”  Her message is about new ways to prioritize and balance the work between, farming, family and personal time.  Her ideas for encouraging young women to farm and how to develop the management skills with women you employ are most valuable for continued farming success.

We will have a local panel of women farmers who have been successful in their financial management methods.  They will explain their best financial strategies and how they bring balance to their daily jobs and responsibilities. This conference is designed for women who are farming, as well as new and aspiring farmers.  Supporting spouses, students, interns or people who own an agriculture-related business are also welcome.  Financial lenders can learn the best practices for financial management.

The conference registration fee is $35, but if you register between now and October 14, you will receive the early bird  special of $30.  The conference registration fee includes the workshop, light breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Vancouver, WA
Cost: $30-$35/person

Riparian Restoration – October 13 

Many of us think spring is the season for planting. The temperatures are warming up and we want to get out in the garden and dig in the dirt. But here, west of the Cascades, where we get most of our rainfall between October and May, the best time to start planting trees and other vegetation is in the fall. Come out to our Riparian Restoration workshop to learn about the best native plants to plant along rivers, streams, lakes and ponds to improve aesthetics and health.  The class will be held at La Center Middle School and along East Fork Lewis River. Participants will learn about and see riparian restoration in a combination of classroom instruction and nature walk.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: La Center, WA
Cost: $10/person

Manure Management – May 17

Cows and horses produce 50-60 lbs of manure daily. Learn how to turn your mountain of manure into a resource in this workshop that will teach proper manure management and composting.  Hear valuable advice from Doug Stienbarger, Director of WSU Clark County Extension and natural resources specialist.

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Location: Public Safety Complex. 1505 NW 179th St #110, Ridgefield
Cost: $10/person

Well and Septic Workshops

WhenTuesday, July 31 OR
Wednesday, October 3
Time: 6-9 PM
Where: 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.

How can I sign up!? Online registration is available at

For more information: contact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Program  Coordinator at or 564-397-5729

Small Acreage Expo

WSU Clark County Extension and the Public Works Clean Water Program celebrated the 13th Annual Small Acreage Expo on Saturday, April 14 at the 78th Street Heritage Farm. Over 100 people attended this information- and fun-filled event. Eleven different workshops were held throughout the day on topics such as sustainable pasture management,  composting, addressing landscape drainage and landscaping with native plants.

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

What:  Small Acreage Expo
When: Annually in April
Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm
Cost: $15 for preregistration. $25 for walk-ins
Program: 2018 Small Acreage Expo Program

For more informationcontact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Program Coordinator at or 564-397-5729


Small Farm Tours

They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” … 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.

Vossenberg Farm Tour September 29

WSU Clark County Extension’s Small Acreage Program and Vossenberg Farm in Ridgefield will host a tour of the 26 acre commercial horse stable and training facility on Saturday, September 29.  We invite the public  to view practices that reduce mud, control runoff, manage manure, and much more.  In 2005, the Small Acreage program recognized the Vossenberg Farm with a Doing Our Part For Clean Water sign for implementing stewardship practices to protect water quality and natural resources.

Tour participants will hear from Anna Collier, competitive rider, trainer, and farm manager.  She will talk on strategies she uses to manage Vossenberg Farm effectively and care for horses stabled there.  Participants will also get tips and share ideas for dealing with common issues on small acreage properties.

When: Saturday, September 29, 10AM – 12PM
Where: Ridgefield, WA
Cost: $10 per person
Pre-Registration Required!

Horse Property – April 28

Tour a 3-acre property to see stewardship practices in action. In 2016, the Brumigan’s small acreage was recognized by WSU Clark County Extension as a Model Property for demonstrating a commitment to stewardship by implementing practices to control runoff, reduce mud, manage manure, and maintain healthy pastures.  Tour participants will have the opportunity to get tips on keeping horses, and gain ideas for improving management practices.

When: Saturday, April 28, 10AM – 12PM
Where: Battle Ground, WA
Cost: $10 per person

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  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. The current 2018 is full. 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.

For more information or to be placed on the wait list for 2019 classes, contact the WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at 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 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)