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Cultivating Success

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

Cultivating Success Farm Walks

Visit a unique farm belonging to some of our graduates and learn more about the program that’s helping grow new farms and farmers

Interested in farming? Not sure how to begin? Do you dream of beginning or expanding your own small farm? The Cultivating Success™ program combines workshop and farmer-based learning experiences to help foster the success of new and existing farms and agri-ventures.

Come learn more about the Cultivating Success program during one of three Farm Walks this summer. Stroll the farms, learn how the farmers apply concepts taught in the courses, and discover how the Cultivating Success program can provide the tools necessary to help realize your farm dream.

Aug 28 – Hazel Blue Acres – Silvana

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

Buckwheat-cover-cropFoundation Courses

Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching
Mondays, 5:30-8:30pm, Sept. 18 through Dec. 4, 2017 plus all day one Saturday.

Agricultural Entrepreneurship: The Business Side of Farming
Mondays, 5:30-8:30 pm, Jan. 8 – Mar. 12, 2018

For more information

For more information on any of the courses, contact Holly Small, or 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

Cultivating Success Instructor

Holly ThompsonAgriculture teacher and small farmer Holly Small has been leading, developing, and expanding our Cultivating Success courses since 2009 to excellent reviews.

During that time she’s become a go-to authority for local farms and farmers looking to expand opportunities and production while developing a long-term sustainable operation.

A WSU graduate in animal science and agriculture economics with an MS in agriculture education, Small has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services as a loan officer and the Nestle Regional Training Center at Carnation Farm as Public Relations & Conference Center Manager.

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