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: 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 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 wait list for 2019 classes, contact WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 564-397-5729
Nine farms opened their gates to the public on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 to show the bounty of local agriculture in Clark County and gave neighbors an opportunity to tour and meet their area farmers. Nearly 600 area residents came out to participate. 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: 3rd Saturday in September
Where: Multiple farms throughout Clark County
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
Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Vancouver, WA
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
Cost: $10 per person
Registration and details at: https://compostingmanure.bpt.me
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)
Where: Exact location provided upon registering
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
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: Annually in April
Where: 78th Street Heritage Farm
Cost: $15 for preregistration. $25 for walk-ins
Register at: (coming soon)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted for a site visit to determine if you qualify for a sign.
Farm Business Planning
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 $100 per family or farm. Partial scholarships are available on a limited basis. Before you register, you must take our pre-registration survey (coming soon)
For more information, contact the WSU Clark County Small Acreage Coordinator at email@example.com or 564-397-5729
Publications and Videos
- Small Acreage Landowner Services Directory (715 KB PDF)
- Soil, Water, Forage Testing Labs in the Pacific Northwest (PDF)
- Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Improving Drainage (335 KB PDF)
- Keeping Clean Water Clean and Reducing Mud: Managing Roof Runoff (227 KB PDF)
- Reduce Mud and Keep Water Clean: Sacrifice Areas (852 KB PDF)
- Simple Steps to Protect Your Surface and Well Water (150 KB PDF)
- Reducing Mud on Small Acreages (video clip)
Wells and Septic Systems
- Don’t Let Your Dollar$ Go Down the Drain! Septic Tank Additives (818 KB PDF)
- Protect Your Drinking Water: Simple Tips for Well Maintenance (1 MB PDF)
- Protecting Your Inve$tment: Inspecting Your Septic System (303 KB PDF)
- Save Time and Money – Properly Landscape Your Septic System (PDF)
- Water Quality Self Assessment Guide for Small Acreages (2.6 MB PDF)
- Constructing Ponds and Water Features: What Does it Take? (517 KB PDF)
- Current Use Taxation (545 KB PDF)
- Information on Small Acreage Management; A Resource List (604 KB PDF)
- Management Practices for Small Acreages: Keeping Water Clean (548 KB PDF)
- Natural Insect Control for Small Acreages (PDF – 580K)
- What Can You Do On Your Land? FAQs (652 KB PDF)
- Natural Insect Control For Small Farms (Slide show & narrative)
Stream Buffers for Agricultural Lands
- Riparian Buffers for Western Washington Agriculture (Video & PDF)
- Establishing Riparian Buffers Adjacent to Agricultural Lands (Video & PDF)
Pasture and Grazing Management
- Small Farm Publications and Videos (food safety, animal production, agricultural buffers)
- Tips On Land & Water Management for Small Acreages in Southwest Washington (PDF)
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)
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