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Food Systems

Program Contact: Loren Imes, Master Gardener/Food Systems Coordinator
(360) 639-6059 •

WSU Extension Island County provides educational and networking assistance to production agriculturalists and small-acreage landowners involved with food & fiber production, animal husbandry, horticulture, floriculture, and forestry/woodlot management.


Sustainable Farming and Ranching

Registration is now open!

Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching

Learn how to apply successful whole farm management principles to your small farm operation. Evaluate your farm’s resources, develop marketing strategies, explore vegetable, flower or livestock production in a bilingual course with like minded students.

This class from the Cultivating Success™ program, connects students with the farmers and exposes you to real world situations through a community-based, experiential approach. Whether you are a community member wanting to learn the basics of farming/ranching or an experienced farmer/rancher wanting to try something new, Cultivating Success™ provides educational opportunities for you to be successful!

This course will be offered in both Skagit and Island County through in-class activities, guest lectures, video conference, and two additional field days. Course fee is $260 per farm.

Offered in collaboration with Skagit Valley College SAGE Program ENVAG170. Community participants will receive WSU Continuing Education Credits.

Classes are Thursday evenings from 6pm-8:30pm, September 27th through December 6th 2018

Two class locations are offered and will be connected through video-conferencing. Choose the location convenient for you:

WSU Skagit County Extension Office 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A Burlington, WA 98233

WSU Island County Extension Office 406 North Main Street, Coupeville WA 98239

For more Information, email


Island County Food Systems Newsletter

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September, 2018

Whidbey Island AgWeatherNet Stations

AgWeatherNet provides access to current and historical weather data from Washington State University’s automated weather station network along with a range of models and decision aids. The weather data, advisories, customized weather alerts and decision support systems provided by AgWeatherNet and WSU can help improve production and product quality, optimize resource use and reduce environmental impact.

Current weather conditions at Coupeville.

Current weather conditions at Langley.

A full range of weather data for both Whidbey Island stations and others around the state are available here.

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