WSU Compost Trials video on YouTube
Check out some great new research on the benefits of compost to a variety of crops.
Snohomish Conservation District and the Skagit Farmers Supply, Stanwood Store, now offer a manure spreader for residents to rent
Snohomish Conservation District and the Skagit Farmers Supply – Stanwood Store are encouraging all residents with livestock to help protect water quality by properly managing and applying manure. They now have a 26 bushel ground-driven manure spreader available for rent at the Stanwood store. Please contact Brett de Vries, 425-335-5634, ext. 114, at the Conservation District to learn more about how to rent the spreader and other things you can do to protect rivers and streams. The District also offers complimentary farm planning, engineering services and educational resources.
Contact Brett de Vries at the Conservation District, 425-335-5634, ext 114 or brett at snohomishcd.org.
Property owners within the Snohomish Conservation District are eligible for free soil testing on their property to be administered by a staff planner.
1. Any land owner can receive up to 5 free soil tests if they sign up for a site visit with a SCD Farm/Resource Planner.
2. There will be a limit of 250 free soil tests, to be administered on a first come first served bases.
3. Once test results are received, a follow-up consultation and nutrient management plan are provided.
EQIP - Funding From the Environmental Quality Incentive Program is Now Available
Thinking about an improvement on your farm or rural property? A Federal program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) called EQIP has funding for many large and small-scale projects. Check out the list of eligible projects here. Then, contact one of our resource planners listed at the bottom of this page to receive help applying.
NEW - NRCS Announces Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative
SPOKANE, Wash. (Dec. 12, 2011) – Washington producers interested in extending the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner can apply for technical and financial assistance through USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today.
The initiative was first introduced in December 2009 as a pilot project under the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative for farmers to establish high tunnels – also known as hoop houses – to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way.
Made of ribs of plastic or metal pipe covered with a layer of plastic sheeting, high tunnels are easy to build, maintain and move. High tunnels are used year-round in parts of the country, providing a steady income to farmers – a significant advantage to owners of small farms,limited-resource farmers and organic producers.
“There is great potential for high tunnels to expand the availability of healthy, locally-grown crops – a win for producers and consumers,” said State Conservationist Roylene Rides at the Door. “We know that these fixtures can help producers extend their growing season and hopefully add to their bottom line,” she said.
The Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative will assist producers in addressing resource concerns by providing technical andfinancial assistance in improving plant quality, improving soil quality, reducing nutrient and pesticide transport, improving air quality through reduced transportation inputs, and reducing energy use by providing consumers with a local source of fresh produce.
While there is a continuous sign-up for the program, applications will be evaluated periodically as funding becomes available. Evaluation periods will end February 3, 2012, March 30, 2012 and June 1, 2012. For the location of your local NRCS office, visit the NRCS website at www.wa.nrcs.usda.gov or call 509-323-2900.
Snohomish Conservation District has several certified farm planners ready to assist you with a farm plan, a free site visit to walk your property, and with finding other resources to help you accomplish your goals.
Call the office at 425-335-5634, ext 4 and ask to speak to a farm planner for your area.
Also, check out this 'Farm tips guide' to help you select the management changes and on-the-ground projects that can help your farm be sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and safe for you and your animals. Farm Tips Guide
Planners and their areas of expertise:
|Farm & Resource Planners|
|Bobbi Lindemulder||Sustainable agriculture; Beef operations|
|Organic and new farming techniques; Urban fringe; goats|
|Dairy; Horse operations|
Caitlin Price Youngquist
|Brett de Vries
|Stillaguamish watershed planner
Forestry; Crop operations
|Kelly Cahill||Agriculture; pipelines; composting|
|Derek Hann||Stormwater; drainage|
|Water Quality & Restoration|
|Bill Bowe||Water quality|
|Ryan Williams||Habitat; restoration; CREP|
See more agriculture links on our 'Links and Resources' page here