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WSU Compost Trials video on YouTube

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Check out some great new research on the benefits of compost to a variety of crops.

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Snohomish Conservation District now has a manure spreader for residents to borrow

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Snohomish Conservation District is 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 residents to use. Please contact Brett de Vries, 425-335-5634, ext. 114, at the Conservation District to learn more about how to borrow 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.

Snohomish Conservation District Free Soil Testing Program Proposal

Property owners within the Snohomish Conservation District are eligible for free soil testing on their property to be administered by a staff planner.

Specifics:

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.

Cultivating Success Series to be Held September Through December

WSU is hosting their Cultivating Success series on Tuesday evenings, 6:00pm-9:00pm from Sept. 10 thru Dec. 10, 2013 (plus 2 Saturday field trips). Class participants explore the unique advantages available to the small farm and ranch owner. The course provides a broad overview of production and marketing options for today’s small farm.

Learn more at: http://snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/CultivatingSuccess2013.htm

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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.

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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.

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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.

Caitlin on the FarmCall 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 

 

Alan Shank

Dairy; Horse operations

 

Caitlin Price   Youngquist

Composting; Manure
Brett de Vries
Leif Fixen
Stillaguamish watershed planner 
Forestry; Crop operations
Engineers  
Kelly Cahill Agriculture; pipelines; composting
Derek Hann Stormwater; drainage
Water Quality & Restoration  
Bill Bowe Water quality
Ryan Williams Habitat; restoration; CREP

More Resources

Agriculture and Farming Resources

What is a Farm Plan?

WSU Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources

Office of Farmland Preservation - Olympia

See more agriculture links on our 'Links and Resources' page here


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