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Sound Horsekeeping Program

Sound Horsekeeping is a new program offered by the Snohomish Conservation District for horse and stable owners in Snohomish County and on Camano Island. The goal of the program is to recognize people who have taken steps to improve pastures, reduce mud, manage manure and provide wildlife habitat. These actions not only keep horses healthier and make chores more efficient, they also protect streams, creeks, wetlands, and ultimately, Puget Sound.

Horse owners are asked to install a minimum of three water quality-related practices to help protect natural resources. Once we verify the installation, the farm and ranch owners receive a sign that can be placed on a fence or barn to signify the owners as a ‘Sound Horsekeeping Operation’.

Contact Jessica Paige at 425-377-7015 to learn more about the Sound Horsekeeping program and how you can get a sign for your farm. Email Jessica at Jessica at snohomishcd.org.

Farm Planning - The District Can Help You!

Whether horses are your passion or your business, you no doubt want to keep them healthy and happy! Keeping a horse is a big responsiblity and your local conservation district can help you manage your pastures, prevent mud and manure problems, keep weeds at bay, and help to make your chore time more efficient!

Snohomish Conservation District has four farm planners available who will visit your farm for free and offer suggestions based on the goals you have for your property. The District has a cost-share program to assist landowners pay for improvements that not only keep horses healthier, but they keep our watersheds healthier too!

Farm 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 Small Farm and Horse operations
Brett de Vries
Leif Fixen
Stillaguamish watershed planner 
Forestry; Crop and Dairy
Engineers  
Kelly Cahill Agriculture; pipelines; composting
Derek Hann Stormwater; drainage
Water Quality & Restoration  
Kristin Marshall Habitat, restoration, CREP

Ryan Williams 

Habitat; restoration; CREP

Farm Planning

Thinking about a farm plan to help you manage your equine property? We offer free farm planning services. Read this handout to find out what a farm plan can do for you.

Cost share

Need help implementing some of the practices that you need to prevent mud, manure buildup, or destruction of your pastures in winter? SCD has a cost-share program with a fairly simple application process. Call one of the farm planners to learn more.

Looking for Property?

Selecting just the right piece of property is essential in your future success boarding or hosting horses on your place. Check out this fact sheet to help you learn what it takes to make a good horse property.

Horses Make ManureManure Share

Do you need manure? Do you have some to share? Call our manure share number to find a source for your garden or locate someone in need of manure. Contact Alan Shank at

425-377-7009

Resources

NW Horse Forum

Small Farm Tips Guide

Stewards of the Trail Pocket Guide

 

 


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