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Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching

Gain the knowledge necessary to start or continue farming sustainably and successfully

Interested in farming? Not sure how to begin? Do you dream of beginning or expanding your own small farm? The Cultivating Success™ series of courses combines workshop and on-farm learning experiences to help foster the success of new and existing farms and agri-ventures. Cultivating Success helps participants explore the unique advantages available to the small and mid-size farm.

Join us for the first course in the series, Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching to be held on Mondays, 5:30pm to 8:30pm, September 18 through December 4, 2017 plus an all-day Saturday farm field trip. New this fall, the course will be offered in three central Puget Sound locations. We’ll be using web technology to take advantage of speakers and facilitators in different locations. This allows us to accommodate folks in near Stanwood, Enumclaw, and Vashon Island.

Weekly presentations include local growers, organizations, and agriculture professionals with expertise in direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, agronomy, livestock production, and more.

Sponsored in a collaborative effort with WSU Snohomish County Extension, Snohomish Conservation District, WSU King County Extension, King Conservation District, and King County, Cultivating Success provides students with the tools necessary to create/develop/expand a sustainable farm operation.

Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the twelve-week course is $300 per farm or family (up to three people). Visit to register online or download the form from and mail with your check.

New!!—You may be able to use AmeriCorps Awards to help pay registration costs. Please check with your award administrator for details on how to apply. For questions on using AmeriCorps Awards for WSU Extension’s Cultivating Success courses, contact Kevin Wright, WSU King County Extension Director, (206) 263-1917,

Our course facilitator is Holly Small, a local agriculture teacher and small farmer. Small has been leading, developing, and expanding the Cultivating Success series since 2009 to excellent reviews. During that time, she’s become a go-to authority for local farms and farmers looking to expand opportunities and production while developing a long-term sustainable operation. Small is a WSU graduate in animal science and agriculture economics with an MS in agriculture education. In addition, she spent a number of years working for Northwest Farm Credit Services as a loan officer and the Nestle Regional Training Center at Carnation Farm as their public relations and conference center manager.

For more information on the Cultivating Success courses, visit, contact Holly Small, or Kate Ryan, 357-6024