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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.

Cultivating Success

Program Contact: Kate Ryan, Agriculture Program Coordinator
(425) 357-6024 •

The Cultivating Success™ program combines classroom and on-farm learning experiences to help foster the success of new and existing farms and ranches.

A farmer has learned to utilize buckwheat as a cover cropFoundation Courses

Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching

First in the series, the 12-week course helps participants explore the unique advantages available to the small farm and ranch owner.

The course gives participants a broad overview of production and marketing options for today’s small farm. Whether you are just exploring the opportunities available or already have an existing operation, you’ll learn what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm enterprise.

Agricultural Entrepreneurship: The Business Side of Farming

One of two foundation courses in the Cultivating Success program, this course helps new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing.

This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and financial statements along with how to cultivate capital resources.

For more information

For more information on any of the courses, contact Kate Ryan,, (425) 357-6024.

Cultivating Success Partners & Supporters

We wouldn’t be able to offer the Cultivating Success series or have been able to expand the course offerings without the generous support of our program partners and supporters. Please help us thank them for their generosity.

Western Extension Risk Management Education USDA RMA Snohomish Conservation District
Northwest Farm Credit Services Moss Adams King Conservation District
Northwest Agriculture Business Center Skagit NRCS King County
Whitney Keyes Productions Department of Ecology Washington State Department of Agriculture

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 (425) 338-2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.

Who should take the course?

Current and future small- to mid-scale farmers and ranchers and those considering farming as a career and/or lifestyle.

Learn how West Valley Beef ranchers Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder came to be supporters of Cultivating Success.

Chuck and Bobbi Lindemulder


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