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Small Farm Classes & Workshops

Program Contact: Tessa Halloran, Master Gardener/Small Farms Coordinator
(360) 427-9670 Ext. 682 •

Kids participate in a soil science activity at the GreenSTEM SummitThe WSU Extension Small Farms Program is proud to offer classes, workshops, and farm tours geared towards homeowners and small farm producers.

The WSU Extension Mason County Small Farms Program also participates in educational outreach events for youth such as:

  • On-farm school field trips
  • The Salmon Center’s annual GreenSTEM Summit
  • Northwest Youth Corps events

Current workshops and links to register are listed below. If you have any questions or requests, please contact Tessa at or (360) 427-9670 ext. 682.

Upcoming Workshops:

‘Be Septic Smart’

Attend this ongoing series of workshops with WSU Extension Mason County and Mason County Environmental Health to learn about the beneficial impact that properly maintaining your septic system can have on Mason County’s natural resources, different types of septic systems, and landscaping your septic system!

This workshop will include free educational materials and the opportunity for you to ask our staff any questions you might have. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Next Workshop: Virtual Lunch n’ Learn on October 12th from 12:00PM-1:30PM via Zoom

Register for 'Be Septic Smart'

Cultivating Success™ Whole Farm Planning

This course will walk you through a step-by-step process, to help you prepare a well thought out plan for your land, life, and farm business. Learn how to use a whole system lens to create a living plan for your small farm future. Classes will meet weekly through Zoom, in an online classroom environment and you will be able to connect with a statewide community of other aspiring farm planners. Leave with tools for decision making and a road map to plan for your farming endeavors. Includes many opportunities for networking and community building in smaller breakout groups too! Come build a solid plan for a farm or food business that suites you.

Cultivating Success ™ Planificación holística de la granja le guiará paso a paso en el proceso de crear un plan para su terreno y su negocio agrícola. Aprenda a utilizar una visión sistemática y holística para planificar el futuro de su pequeña granja. Las clases tomarán lugar en línea semanalmente a través de Zoom y podrá interactuar con otros agricultores principiantes esparcidos por el estado. Obtendrá herramientas para la toma de decisiones, y para guiar y planificar sus pasos en el mundo agrícola. También habrán muchas oportunidades para conocer a personas nuevas y empezar a construir comunidad en grupo! Le ayudaremos a desarrollar un plan sólido para una granja o negocio agrícola que se adapte a sus necesidades.

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Previous Workshops:

European Green Crab ‘MoltSearch’ Training

Invasive European green crab are voracious eaters that threaten our shellfish beds, clamming beaches, and nearshore habitat for salmon. At this training, volunteers joined Washington State University Extension and University of Washington Sea Grant to learn how to monitor our beaches for signs of green crab presence by searching for their molts.

This event included a 2-hour workshop which taught volunteers how to identify the crab molts, where and how to conduct a 20-minute Molt Search survey, how report your findings using a mobile app, and how to collect additional data on Dungeness crab molts. This was part of a pilot program, but additional workshops are expected in the future.

Learn More About European Green Crab

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Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Tessa Halloran at 303 N. 4th St. Shelton WA 98584, (360) 427-9670 ext. 682, at least two weeks prior to the event.