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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, or by approved plan. Effective July 6, 2021, Snohomish County WSU Extension will have a limited administration presence at Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish). The McCollum Park campus (Everett) continues to be closed to the public.  We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

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Kate Ryan

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January 2022

Growing Groceries: Pruning Fruit Trees in Western Washington

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
apples on tree branch

You’ll learn the basics of apple and pear fruit production including variety and rootstock selection, nutrient management, and basic care including pruning, irrigation and pest management.

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Growing Groceries: Raising the Pea/Bean Family & the Basics of Cover Cropping

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
pea pods in hand

We'll cover the Legume family which includes peas, beans (both green and dry), and lentils as well as the one member of the Solanaceous family that can be planted out early – potatoes! Discussion of all includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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February 2022

Growing Groceries: Raising Berries in Western Washington

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
fresh strawberries in cartons

Topics include variety selection, soil preferences, fertility, pruning, pest and disease management, and cultural requirements for strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and other small fruits.

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Farming by the Numbers #1: Farm Bookkeeping Basics

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5

The Farming by the Numbers series will help you learn the basics of farm recordkeeping, taking sales online, and paying employees from experts and experienced farmers.

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Growing Groceries: Pests, Predators, and Pollinators: An Introduction to IPM

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
just-hatched praying mantis

Basics of managing disease, insect, and weed pests in the home garden. Discussion covers a variety of techniques including prevention, cultural practices like row covers, mulching, and more. Weed management practices include using mulches, hardscaping, and different cultivation techniques.

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Farming by the Numbers #2: Online Sales

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5

The Farming by the Numbers series will help you learn the basics of farm recordkeeping, taking sales online, and paying employees from experts and experienced farmers.

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Growing Groceries: Raising the Broccoli and Buckwheat Families

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
red russian kale plant

Includes broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, mustard, Brussels sprouts, and other members of the Brassica family. Discussion includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Farming by the Numbers #3: Paying Employees

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5

Learn the basics of farm recordkeeping, taking sales online, and paying employees from experts and experienced farmers.

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Growing Groceries: Raising the Carrot, Lettuce, & Corn Families

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
beds of carrots corn lettuce

The Carrot (Apiaceae) family also includes parsnips and celery along with many herbs like dill, fennel, and caraway. Puget Sound's mild climate makes it a great place to grow members of the lettuce (Asteraceae) family just about year-round. In addition, you’ll learn to raise sweet corn worthy of bragging rights when we cover members of the corn (Poaceae) family.

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Farming by the Numbers #4: Financial Statements, Cash Flow, & Loan Readiness

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5

Learn the basics of farm recordkeeping, taking sales online, and paying employees from experts and experienced farmers.

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March 2022

Growing Groceries: Raising the Tomato & Potato Family

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00

Topics covered include variety selection, cultural requirements, as well as the major disease and pests affecting these species.

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Growing Groceries: Raising the Cucumber, Squash and Melon Family

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
cucumber squash melon plants

Our last class in the 2021 Growing Groceries series will focus on growing all things Cucurbit! From luscious melons to giant pumpkins, summer squash to zucchini and winter squash we'll cover all these amazing vegetables and cucumbers too!

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Growing Groceries: Raising Culinary & Tea Herbs

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
basil planted in front of corn

We’ll cover the basic perennial and annual herbs used in so many sweet and savory dishes along with the not-so-common ones like epazote and lemongrass. In addition, we’ll talk about some of the easy to grow tea herbs like chamomile, catnip, hyssop.

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Growing Groceries: Seed Starting and Raising Transplants

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
just sprouted tomato seedlings in tray

Beginning with how and when to start to seeds, to watering techniques, thinning and transplanting, you’ll learn how to save money and be successful in starting your vegetables from seed.

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Growing Groceries: Growing in Hoop Houses, Cold Frames, and Small Greenhouses

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$5.00
homemade greenhouse

You will learn how to create a productive, sustainable, and attractive garden by mixing colorful vegetables, edible flowers, easy to grow herbs, fruit trees, and berries into the landscape. We will consider some basics (soil prep, plant needs, maintenance issues) as well as design concepts and lots of examples of edibles in the landscape.

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