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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Selling to Wholesale Customers

Katherine Myrvold, Sales and Farmer Training Programs Coordinator for Viva Farms discussed wholesale market channels at the October 2020 presentation of the Whidbey Island Growers Association. You can view the recording here https://youtu.be/VgnEOsNOrVo

Viva Farms https://vivafarms.org/ is a non-profit Farm Business Incubator and Training Program established in 2009 with two locations; in Skagit County and King County Washington. Viva has educated over 900 small farmers (150+ Spanish speakers) in sustainable organic farming, and is currently incubating 24 independent farm businesses (7 Latino owned).

KN95 Masks Available to Island County Farmers

I have limited numbers of KN95 masks available to Camano and Whidbey farmers for free courtesy of the Island County Department of Emergency Management and the State of Washington.

KN95 masks have been in short supply, with priority going to people working on the front lines in the pandemic. They are now available again, but with flu season approaching and with Covid-19 cases around the country on the rise, shortages may again happen. Please contact me if you and/or your staff would like some.

Here is a link to basic instructions for the proper fitting and use of these types of masks – https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2010-133/pdfs/2010-133.pdf

Pesticide Pre-License Review Webinars

WSU is offering two types of Pesticide Pre-License Review Webinars before the November – March training season. Pre-license Exam Review webinars are for people preparing to take the Washington state pesticide applicator exams.

For more information and to register, visit the webinar website:

https://pep.wsu.edu/pre-license-review-webinars/

Free Drive-in Wi-Fi at Extension Offices

Drive in WiFi sign

Both WSU Extension Island County offices in Coupeville and on Camano Island at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center (Blue Building) offer free drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots accessible in the parking areas to provide internet access for Washingtonians who don’t have broadband service at their homes.

On Camano:
WSU Extension Island County Multi-Purpose Center
141 NE Camano Drive

On Whidbey:
WSU Extension Island County Main Office
406 N Main St.
Coupeville

Additional free Wi-Fi is available at all Island County Sno-Isle Library branches and other locations throughout Washington State. You can see a full list of public locations here.

Resources and Recording of July Whidbey Island Growers Association Presentation on Ag Resiliency and Climate Change

We had a great discussion at the July meeting of the Whidbey Island Growers Association. The topic was Agricultural Resiliency and Climate Change and featured three excellent speakers:

Bennett LaFond, Snohomish Conservation District
Eli Wheat, SkyRoot Farm, Organic Farm School, and faculty in the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington
Jake Stewart, Sweetwater Farm

Bennett shared the Snohomish Conservation District’s Ag Resiliency Plan and Climate Impacts Assessment Tools and discussed the community process that created the plan. Then we heard from local farmers Eli Wheat and Jake Stewart with thoughts and discussion on agricultural resiliency for Whidbey farms.

Resources from the discussion
Additional Resources
Recorded Presentation

 

The Whidbey Island Growers Association is sponsored by WSU Extension Island County and the Whidbey Island Conservation District. Monthly meetings are the first Monday of each month and are open to all who support local agriculture and food systems. Contact Loren Imes (WSU) or Shannon Bly (WICD) with questions and comments, or visit www.whidbeycd.org/agricultural-community.html to learn more.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights.

Asian Giant Hornet Presentation to Washington State Beekeepers Association

WSU Extension Island County Director Dr. Tim Lawrence recently made a presentation to the Washington State Beekeepers Association on the Asian Giant Hornet. Learn of the threat they pose to honey bees, and what beekeepers can do to respond.

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