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Growing Groceries: Basics of Irrigation & Weed Management

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

several raised beds with drip irrigation

Join us for a discussion of several types of irrigation products and their application in the food garden. In addition, we’ll focus on the details of installing drip irrigation and its application for gardens and plants.

Speakers: Richard Simpson has been in the irrigation business for over 40 years. Starting out by digging ditches for his brother-in-law’s installation company, he ended up doing most of the bidding and project management. He and his wife, Peggy, ran their own sprinkler installation company for over 10 years, putting in everything from self-designed residential jobs to large school, park, and commercial installations. After deciding that working half-days (6 AM to 6 PM) was a little much, he was talked into joining his main sprinkler supplier as an outside salesman and filled that role for almost 30 years with a short 2 year break in the middle as a designer/consultant for a local firm specializing in golf course and ballfield irrigation. His project sales have taken him around most of the Northwest and he has had the good fortune to work with many knowledgeable and professional people in the irrigation industry. He has maintained Irrigation Association Certifications as a Designer, Water Auditor, and Golf Auditor for many years.

Kate Ryan of Soil Sisters Plants & Produce will share what she’s learned in over 30 years of growing and selling vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants in western Washington. A self-professed lazy gardener, she’s learned from her many mistakes over the years. A founding member of the Growing Groceries program, Kate enjoys sharing what she’s learned over the years with others.

Growing Groceries

In partnership with WSU Snohomish County Master Gardeners, the Growing Groceries program brings beginning and experienced gardeners together with speakers and topics focused on growing healthy food using sustainable gardening practices.

No matter if you only have a tiny apartment deck, small garden space, or plenty of acreage you can grow fresh, healthy food in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way.

Developed over the last decade, our program goal is to increase community access to fresh, healthy food by teaching the latest research-based techniques for growing food.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs; contact WSU Extension at 425-338-2400 at least two weeks prior to the event.


Online via Zoom


Take just the classes you want at $5 per class or save $25 and take all 15 for $50!


Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 Growing Groceries Education series. Visit to register.

Using Zoom

Because of security issues, you must have your own Zoom account to participate, and you must have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the webinar at least three hours before the webinar start time.
You can easily create a free Zoom account if you do not already have one. Be sure you register with the same name and email address that you used for creating your Zoom account.

Other classes in the series…


Online via Zoom


Kate Ryan
(425) 357-6024