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Online Learning Library

Welcome to the Regional Small Farms Online Learning Library. Our team strives to post as much applicable content for our region as possible. If you are looking for specific online or webinar resources please reach out to your local extension agent.

Scroll through our online tools by headings or click table of contents below to jump to a specific section:

Soil Health


Dirt Talk – Intro to Biochar

This Dirt Talk was a panel of farmers and biochar makers that showcased various farms creating and using biochar. Topics included: -What is biochar -How it is used and benefits -Overview of process -Equipment needed

How to Collect Soil Samples

A how to on obtaining soil samples for soil testing.

Reduce Tillage in Vegetable Production

Video from WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources on Reduced Tillage in Vegetable Production, resources and practices.

WSU Organic No-Till Symposium

Please note that you must register to receive access to the Organic No-Till Symposium webinar recordings.

Part I – Organic No-Till Systems, Livestock
Integration, and Novel Cover Crop Planting
Part II – Tarping in Organic No-Till Systems & Pacific NW Tarping/Occulation Strategies

WSU Compost Outreach Project Videos

 

 

Business of Farming

(Financing, Taxes, Labor, Insurance & Accounting)


Insuring Your Farm

Presentation on insuring your farm and business with Paul Heely of Country Financial.

Labor Laws

Presentation on Labor Laws presented by Melissa Crumb of WA L&I. Covers liability questions for farmers including: – are you an employer? – independent contractor? – farm labor contractor, – and controlling costs.

USDA Grants Webinar

A moderated info-session and discussion about upcoming USDA Grant Program applications and how each program may work for your farm. Topic include: -Value Added Producer Grant, -Rural Energy for America Program, -Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement

Agricultural Leases 101

Discussion on agricultural leases and what farmers should know. Guest speakers Mark Bowman of the NODC and Denis Sterns a local Jefferson County Attorney.
Resource list for Agricultural Leases 101 webinar.
Summary of lease topics.

Preparing for a Farm Loan

Topics covered include: – preparing to work with a lender, – Information lenders look for,  -Property issues lenders see when trying to finance land, -How to use resources of Farm Service Agency and Craft3.
Resource list for Preparing for a Farm Loan Webinar

Setting Your Farm Up for Hiring Employees

Topics covered: -Payroll services, – Challenges finding consistent labor, – Find labor locally/regionally/nationally, -Use your labor efficiently, -Hear from a local farmer about farm labor successes and challenges

Employment Insurance:

Topics Covered: -Insurance requirements of covering employees farm, -Owned or lease land: how do properties need to be covered?, -Risk activities: employees using equipment, driving farm vehicles and other activities to consider, -Hear from knowledgeable farm insurance agents

Costs of Farm Labor

Topics covered: -Federal & state tax requirements for hiring labor, – Setting up new payroll services on your farm, – The costs of providing benefits for your employees, -WA (L&I) labor law requirements, -Hear from a knowledgeable accountant and WA L&I staff

Marketing & Selling


Using Social Media to Grow Your Farm Business

This NCAT/ATTRA webinar discusses how you can use social media for your farm business to grow your customer base and market your products.

E-Commerce Marketing Strategies for Farm and Food Businesses

Join Susan Shoemaker, Business Assistance Specialist with North Olympic Development Council, share her thoughts on several topics: -Optimization of website, -Practical tips on using social media, -Development and linking of websites and e-commerce platforms, –Thoughts on setting up a website and e-commerce platform if starting from scratch.
E-Commerce Marketing Strategies for Farm and Food Businesses Resource List

 

 

Water, Weather & Drought


Weather Stations Webinar: A Tool for Farmers

This introductory webinar showcases WSU AgWeatherNet, a free online tool that provides access to current and historical weather data to help Washington growers and citizens understand and prepare for the challenges and changes that weather brings.

 

 

Pest Management


Dirt Talk – Cut worms, Cabbage maggot, Carrot rust fly

Join Laurel Moulton, WSU Regional Small Farms Pest Specialist, and Betsey Wittick, owner of Laughing Crow Farm and farmer/viticulturist at Bainbridge Vineyards in a discussion on Cut Worms, Cabbage Maggot and Carrot Rust Fly.

Dirt Talk – Wireworms: Lifecycle and Integrated Management Strategies

Join Dr. Brook Brouwer, director of Washington State University Extension in San Juan County, and Laurel Moulton, IPM Specialist for a discussions around Wireworms.

Dirt Talk – Clubroot

Join Betsey Wittick, owner of Laughing Crow Farm and farmer/viticulturist at Bainbridge Vineyards in a discussion of helpful identification and management information on Clubroot.
Dirt TalkIPM Clubroot_Resource Sheet

Dirt Talk – Downy Mildew

Join Scott Chichester, owner of Chi’s Farm in Sequim, sharing helpful identification and management information for farmers in our region on Downy Mildew. Focus on basil and spinach in a greenhouse/high tunnel situation.

Diagnosing Tomato Problems

“Tips for Diagnosing Tomato Plant Problems” presented by WSU Extension Diagnostician,  Jenny Glass. This resource is applicable to farmers as well as gardeners.
Tomato Resources Sheet

 

 

Animal Agriculture


From Pig to Porkchop

How much meat to expect from a butchered hog.
Supporting document for video with a description of live animal and carcass data