Whether horses are your passion or your business, you no doubt want to keep them healthy and happy! Keeping a horse is a big responsibility and your local conservation district can help you manage your pastures, prevent mud and manure problems, keep weeds at bay, and help make your chores more efficient!
Snohomish Conservation District has farm planners who will visit your farm for free and offer suggestions based on the goals you have for your property. In some cases, the District may even be able to help cover the cost of improvements that not only keep horses healthier, but keep our watersheds healthier too!
We can help you with:
- mud and manure
- winter paddocks
- nutrients and fertilizing
- and more!
Saturday, January 28, 2017
at Stanwood High School
At the Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool, you can attend classes on a multitude of topics, network with others, enjoy a prime rib lunch and visit with local agricultural businesses.
Snohomish/Skagit County Manure Nutrient Management Training
After great results from last year's Nutrient Management Training, the Snohomish and Skagit Conservation Districts are updating and offering the training again This year you will hear highlights on current and local issues and funding opportunities. Information on the Confined Animal Housing Operation permit that the Department of Ecology will be releasing soon will be presented. The Department of Agriculture will reinforce the importance of record keeping and what they have been experiencing out in the field since last year's training.
Snohomish Conservation District Plant Sale
Every year, Snohomish Conservation District hosts a one-day native plant sale so residents can purchase high-quality native and climate-adapted plants at a reasonable cost.
Learn more: https://www.theplantsale.org/
Program Highlights & News:
Snohomish Conservation District has an opening for a Resource Planner I position. The Resource Planner I is focused on providing technical assistance and education to equine and small farm landowners in Snohomish County and Camano Island.
Farmers, producers, and ag technical advisors gathered together to dig in and learn about soils and nutrients at the May 3rd Discover Soils Field Day. Held in one of Natural Milk Dairy's fields, the group learned about how soil type and structure affect water-holding capacity, how to read soil test results, and what are the ideal conditions for spreading manure.
Update: Apologies, our rain barrel supply for our May 20 one-day sale has sold out.
Thanks so much for your interest, we're so surprised by the number of pre-orders coming in! So we're a happy-sad mix of emotions to announce that the rain barrel supply for our May 20 one-day sale has sold out. Thanks again for your support and enthusiasm for our rain barrel program!
Would you like to provide feedback on our 2017 work plan? Now's the chance, our 2017 work plan is open for comments and review from now until Monday, May 16 at noon.
Western Washington and more specifically, Snohomish County, has an ideal climate for growing grass. One of the reasons for this is due to our temperate climate with plenty of rainfall. For example, the city of Snohomish averages 50 degrees Fahrenheit and has about 275 frost-free days per year. This is accompanied with about 35 inches of annual precipitation.
We partnered with Alayne Blickle, from Horses for Clean Water, to create this informative series of short videos on a range of essential horsekeeping topics. The best news? Each of the 9 videos is under 2 minutes long!
Soil temperature mirrors air temperature. So instead of putting a thermometer in the ground, you can use a formula called “T-Sum 200” to track soil temperatures indirectly and determine when grass will begin to grow.
2015 was another exciting and productive year here at the Snohomish Conservation District. We have enjoyed our opportunity to engage with such a diverse and committed set of landowners and partners. The accomplishments for 2015 are based upon and driven by the willingness of private landowners and managers to actively manage the natural resources they control. Additionally, the accomplishments for 2015 are significantly impacted via project collaborations with partners. We sincerely thank everyone that has made a positive contribution and impact on natural resource management this past year.
If you haven’t already prepared for more rain and cold here in Western Washington, it’s not too late. Here are a few tips and tricks to beat the winter weather this year and establish more permanent solutions for next year.
We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!