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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.

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July 2020

Preserve the Harvest 1: Basics of Safe Canning

July 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Live online via Zoom Wednesday, July 8 7:00 - 8:00pm Home food preservation can be easy and fun with a little instruction. Attend this free online class to learn the basics of hot water bath and pressure canning. New to the science of canning? Been a few years since you've canned? Learn about the most recent research and changes to home canning procedures along with links to plenty of safe, tested recipes. First in the Preserve the Harvest series, we'll…

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Preserve the Harvest 2: Jams, Jellies, and Spreads

July 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Live online via Zoom Wednesday, July 22 7:00 - 8:00pm Delight in the bright flavors of fresh fruit and discover how easy it is to capture sunshine in a jar. Create that perfect balance of fruit, sweetener, and other ingredients to enhance flavor and shelf life with research-based recipes. Low and no-sugar recipes covered. Second in the Preserve the Harvest series, we'll cover the basics of making shelf-stable jams, jellies, and preserves. This free, virtual class features a live presentation…

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August 2020

Preserve the Harvest 3: Quick Pickles

August 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Live online via Zoom Wednesday, Aug 5 7:00 - 8:00pm Crisp, tasty pickles are the ultimate test of a canner’s skill. Learn how to make a great product every time with a variety of fresh produce. Third in the Preserve the Harvest series, we'll cover the basics of making shelf-stable quick pickles. This free, virtual class features a live presentation and slide show along with plenty of time to answer any questions you have about canning foods at home. A…

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Preserve the Harvest 4: Tomatoes, Salsa, & Relish

August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Live online via Zoom Wednesday, Aug 19 7:00 - 8:00pm Learn how to turn the local abundance of tomatoes and fresh vegetables into jars of color and flavor for the dreary days of winter. Last in the Preserve the Harvest series, we'll cover the basics of making shelf-stable tomato products along with salsa, and relish. This free, virtual class features a live presentation and slide show along with plenty of time to answer any questions you have about canning foods…

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September 2020

Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching

September 22, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$200

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.

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Raising Livestock Workshop Series

September 23, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$125

Livestock Program Starts Sept 23 Are you interested in raising your own bacon and eggs but don’t know where to begin? Whether choosing smaller, low-line beef or larger framed cows, pastured poultry, milking goats, a family cow, sheep for meat or fiber, rabbits, or pastured swine these classes will give you an overview of livestock housing, selection, nutrition, reproduction, and fencing. Learn how to perform routine health checks, vaccinate, trim hooves, worm your animals, and start a flock of chicks. Pasture…

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October 2020

Explore 4-H – Virtual 4-H Open House

October 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free
Official 4-H Logo: 4 leaf green clover, with H on each leaf

Join us online 10/10 at 10 a.m. to learn more about 4-H, what makes it special, and how to get involved this year.  Meet staff, volunteers, and alumni, and ask your 4-H questions! For more information and the free Zoom link, visit: https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/2053/2020/10/Infographic-Explore-4-H-4.pdf (pdf)

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Online: Sustainable Community Stewards Mini-Series

October 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until November 21, 2020

Free

NEW! Now offering a Mini-Sustainable Community Steward Training via Zoom! Wanting to take your sustainability learning to a new level?Join us for four Fridays of Fun! This mini-version of our Sustainable Community Stewards training, will run for four Fridays, from 10 am – 2 pm, starting Friday, October 30th, covering topics like: What Does Sustainability Mean; Climate Change 101; Water Conservation;  Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and Renewable Energy Sources, while offering ample breaks for sustainably paced virtual learning. Cost is…

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November 2020

Online: Sustainable Community Stewards Mini-Series

November 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until November 21, 2020

Free

NEW! Now offering a Mini-Sustainable Community Steward Training via Zoom! Wanting to take your sustainability learning to a new level?Join us for four Fridays of Fun! This mini-version of our Sustainable Community Stewards training, will run for four Fridays, from 10 am – 2 pm, starting Friday, October 30th, covering topics like: What Does Sustainability Mean; Climate Change 101; Water Conservation;  Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and Renewable Energy Sources, while offering ample breaks for sustainably paced virtual learning. Cost is…

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Online: Sustainable Community Stewards Mini-Series

November 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until November 21, 2020

Free

NEW! Now offering a Mini-Sustainable Community Steward Training via Zoom! Wanting to take your sustainability learning to a new level?Join us for four Fridays of Fun! This mini-version of our Sustainable Community Stewards training, will run for four Fridays, from 10 am – 2 pm, starting Friday, October 30th, covering topics like: What Does Sustainability Mean; Climate Change 101; Water Conservation;  Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and Renewable Energy Sources, while offering ample breaks for sustainably paced virtual learning. Cost is…

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Online: Sustainable Community Stewards Mini-Series

November 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until November 21, 2020

Free

NEW! Now offering a Mini-Sustainable Community Steward Training via Zoom! Wanting to take your sustainability learning to a new level?Join us for four Fridays of Fun! This mini-version of our Sustainable Community Stewards training, will run for four Fridays, from 10 am – 2 pm, starting Friday, October 30th, covering topics like: What Does Sustainability Mean; Climate Change 101; Water Conservation;  Reducing Your Carbon Footprint and Renewable Energy Sources, while offering ample breaks for sustainably paced virtual learning. Cost is…

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January 2021

Growing Groceries: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants

January 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5.00

Learn proper soil and fertility management and how to grow healthy soil for healthy crops.

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Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: Two Worlds, One Iris (Unfortunately!) by Patrick Spence

January 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom! Topic: "Two Worlds, One Iris (Unfortunately!)" Description: We all know the Siberian Iris; Caesar’s Brother, Butter And Sugar and others. What we call Garden Siberians. But few people know these irises have cousins from the Himalayan mountains. What we call Sino-Siberians. In this program, we will discuss the past, present, future and cultural needs of these two very different types…

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Agricultural Entrepreneurship

January 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$200

During the course, participants develop a business plan they can literally take to the bank to finance a new enterprise or expand an existing farm-based business.

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Growing Groceries: Blueberries in Western Washington

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5.00
cluster of blueberries in palm of hand

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

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Growing Groceries: Starting a Vegetable Garden

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5.00
food garden with raised beds and wood chip pathways

Includes a discussion on site selection, raised beds, planning your crop calendar, plant families, intercropping, succession planting, cover crops, and crop rotation.

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Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: Deer Resistant Design by Karen Chapman

January 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom! Topic: "Deer Resistant Design" Description: As you learn time-and taste-tested design strategies for your garden. Karen will highlight tips and tricks that will help you create a beautiful fence-free garden that thrives despite the deer in this PowerPoint presentation followed by a Q&A. Cost: $85 for the entire series, if purchased in advance. Tickets for individual sessions will be available…

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Growing Groceries: Apple & Pear Trees in Western Washington

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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February 2021

Growing Groceries: Seed Starting and Raising Transplants

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: Hummingbird Madness by Ciscoe Morris

February 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!! Topic: "Hummingbird Madness" Description: If you don’t have hummingbirds living in, or at least frequenting your garden, you’re missing out on one of the most fun parts of gardening. There’s nothing that can match watching these little avian mischief makers performing aerial acrobatics while chasing each other around the garden in an endless mating game. Ciscoe will share his favorite…

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Growing Groceries: Onion and Beet Families

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5.00
onions growing

The onion (Allium) family includes garlic, leeks, and shallots as well. The beet (Chenopod) family includes everyone’s favorite, spinach, as well as chard and quinoa. Discussion of both families includes variety selection, cultural requirements, common diseases and pests.

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Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: Successful Gardening Amid Tree Roots by Christina Pfeiffer

February 12 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom! Topic: "Successful Gardening Amid Tree Roots" Description: Mature trees are a valuable asset in the landscape. Yet installing new gardens and maintaining old gardens amidst the expanding shade and roots can present challenges for the trees and companion plantings alike. This talk will offer practical solutions to choosing and placing plants that will thrive without compromising the roots and health…

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Growing Groceries: Compost Makes the Garden Go ‘Round

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5.00
compost bins

Composting is easy to do, saves money, and is kind to our environment. You'll learn everything compost: what is good compost, where to find it, how to use it to enrich your garden, as well as how to make compost from your own kitchen and yard waste.

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2021 Online Washington Forest Owners’ Winter School – Feb. 27th

February 22 @ 9:00 am - February 27 @ 3:00 pm
Free
A winter forest scene, covered in snow

Take time during the off-season for forestry education Do you want to learn new things about enjoying and caring for your property? Do you want to learn things like why so many trees are dying and what to do; how to protect your property from wildfire; agroforestry and nontimber product opportunities; how to improve wildlife habitat; how to successfully plant and care for young trees; and much more? Do you want to participate in roundtables and discussion panels to get…

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Growing Groceries: Raising Strawberries and Cane Berries

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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March 2021

Growing Groceries: Vegetables in Containers and Year-Round Salad Greens

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$5.00
lettuce plants

Topics include sunlight requirements, container types, soil, drainage, fertilizer, irrigation and strategies for maximizing your harvest. Growing salad greens year-round is easy and saves money. Speakers: Diane Decker-Ihle has been a Snohomish County Master Gardener since 1990 and an avid gardener most of her life. She helped establish the WSU Extension Snohomish County Growing Groceries Program in 2009 and has been teaching Growing Groceries classes ever since.  She has been an advisor for several community gardens and managed her church’s…

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Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: Clematis – Selection and Design with the Queen of Vines by Marilyn Glenn

March 5 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for The Annual SCMGF Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series, from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom! Topic: "Clematis - Selection and Design with the Queen of Vines" Description: Whether you have only one clematis or a dozen you can always introduce one more into your garden. Learn about the different types of clematis based on bloom time and vigor and how they can be used for vertical height and as companion plants. Learn that selection starts…

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