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WSU Snohomish County Extension office has moved!

Our office is now located in the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Administration Office at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, 98296.

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Growing Groceries: Growing Berries in Western Washington

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

fresh strawberries in cartons

Learn the basics of growing blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries including variety selection, siting and soils, planting, mulching,  irrigation, fertilization, pruning, along with management of common pests and diseases including Spotted Wing Drosophila.

Speaker: Dr. Tom Walters is a researcher and consultant for northwest berry growers, helping them find ways to raise berries more profitably and sustainably through his company, Walters Ag Research. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University with an emphasis on field plant breeding and holds a B.A. in biology from Reed College in Portland. Dr. Walters worked in the field for Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. in Burlington where he was responsible for research supporting nursery and fruit production on more than 500 acres in Washington state. In addition, he worked on berry research at the WSU NW Research Station in Mt. Vernon before starting his company.

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 2023-2024 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…

g raspberries

growing blackberries