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Small Farms Classes and Events

Program Contact: Kellie Henwood, Regional Small Farms Program
(360) 379.5610 x 201 •

Produce Safety Workshop


May 23, 2019


WSU Classroom, 97 Oak Bay Rd, Port Hadlock, WA 98339


Register here!

The National Young Farmers Coalition and the Washington Young Farmers Coalition (WAYFC), in partnership with Washington State University Extension, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Tilth Alliance, are offering this Produce Safety Alliance Grower training to help familiarize young and sustainable farmers with the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This subsidized workshop will help you grow food more safely.

Who should attend:

Fruit and vegetable growers! By law, all non-exempt farms will be required to have at least one owner or managerial staff member on site who has attended an approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) training such as this one. Even exempt farms will be required to keep certain records, which will be covered in this workshop. And, regardless of your scale, everyone can benefit from learning about food safety practices on the farm!

What will happen:

Powerpoints! Growers will learn from teachers with produce growing experience about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and exemptions, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. We try to keep it fun and there will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

After attending the entire course, participants will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and refreshments provided.

Learn from:

  • Cara Fraver from the National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Maggie Kaiser from the National Young Farmers Coalition
  • Karen Ullman from Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • Erin Murphy from Tilth Alliance

Weather Stations Webinar: A Tool for Farmers

June 4th, 12-1pm

Free! Register here.

Webinar will be recorded in case you miss it.

WSU Extension Regional Small Farms Program presents a free webinar for farmers on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. This introductory webinar will showcase WSU AgWeatherNet, a free online tool that provides access to current and historical weather data, which can improve production and product quality, optimize resource use and reduce environmental impact.

Topics will include:
-Locating the nearest weather station near you
-Why is this tool important for farmers?
-Horticultural Uses: growing degree days, humidity, rainfall, tracking life cycles of pathogens and pests
-Olympic Peninsula weather patterns
-Tracking drought
-Hydrologic cycle, stream dynamics, and rainfall

Speakers include:
-Dave Brown, Director of AgWeatherNet at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA
-Bob Simmons, WSU Extension Olympic Region Water Resources Specialist

Facilitator: Kellie Henwood, WSU Extension Regional Small Farms Program

Poultry Education Series 2019

For the backyard beginner or small-scale commercial poultry producer.

Join WSU Extension’s Regional Small Farms Program and Peninsula Poultry Breeders Association for this educational series for poultry growers. This series is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge in raising poultry from the backyard beginner to the small-scale commercial poultry producer.

We are offering 5 classes throughout the year. Please note that each class will take place in a different location (Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap County locations).

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COST: $25 per class per person

Youth enrolled in 4H or FFA may attend for free with an attending adult.

Class 3 October 1, 5:30-8:30pm
Council Chambers, Norm Dicks Building, 345 6th. St, Bremerton, WA
Section 1 & 2: Breeding, Incubating and Hatching Your Own Flock

Register for Class 3 here.

Class 4 October 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm
Council Chambers, Norm Dicks Building, 345 6th. St, Bremerton, WA
Section 1: Chicken Health & First Aid
Section 2: Bio-security & Safe Handling

Class 5 November 13th, 5:30-8:30pm
Location TBA
Section 1 & 2: Winterizing your Poultry Flock

With Special Guests Throughout Series:
Lisa Van Horn, WillowCroft Farm and Peninsula Poultry Breeders
Scratch and Peck Feeds
Washington State Dept. of Agriculture

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Email Kellie Henwood with your contact info indicating which county you live/farm in. We’d love to help you!

Kellie Henwood
Regional Small Farms Coordinator

Clallam | Jefferson | Kitsap or (360) 379-5610 ext. 201

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (360) 379-5610. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.