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!
Program Highlights & News:
Rain gardens are a bright new idea for dealing with two frequent issues for horse properties: excess runoff and MUD!
More and more frequently now people are recognizing that people, wildlife and the environment all benefit from a landscape of native plants. To promote the use of native plants, Conservation Districts in Washington State hold native plant sales every winter.
Many horse owners don’t realize how helpful native trees and shrubs can be on a horse property. People, wildlife (including our valuable native pollinator insects), horses, and the environment can all benefit from a landscape of native plants.
As Westsiders here in Washington, it’s difficult to imagine the threat of a wildfire as we tromp through the rain and mud for close to eight months of the year. But due to our beautiful dry summers, the landscape can dry out quickly, presenting a window of time where a grass or forest fire can pose a serious threat to property and lives.
It’s that time of year when the grass gets greener and grows fast! Here are some things to keep in mind before you open up the gates to the pasture...
Michael Hipp joined the staff of Snohomish Conservation District in March to lead the District’s Sound Horsekeeping program and assist landowners with livestock and farm management. A native Texan, Michael built and managed a horse ranch for many years north of Amarillo.
Two teams from Stanwood High School competed at the Northwest Regional Envirothon on March 29 at Brightwater Environmental Learning Center in Woodinville.
For the past eight years, the District has received funding through an assessment, which has been leveraged with grants and other funding sources. The District Board of Supervisors plans to file a new rate proposal with the Snohomish County Council to ensure that the District can continue to provide these services into the future.
We’re filling our office to the brim with rain barrels and keeping our doors open late for this special one-day only pick-up event, just in time for summer watering. You will get a pre-assembled 55-gallon barrel with sturdy components (spigot, overflow spout, mesh over inlet).
We have loads of information, fact sheets, videos and landowner stories to help you learn ways you can manage your land!