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Cultivating Success


The goal of Cultivating Success™ is to create and implement educational programs to increase the number and foster the success of sustainable small acreage farmers and ranchers.

The WSU Food System’s, Cultivating Success™ Program consists of three courses, Is a Small Farm in Your Future?Whole Farm Planning and Agricultural Entrepreneurship, and an On-Farm Internship Program. The goal of these educational opportunities is to provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills, and support necessary to develop a sustainable farm or food business. Cultivating Success™ connects the student with farmers and exposes them to real world situations through a community-based, experiential approach. Whether you are a community member wanting to learn how to plan your farm business, or an experienced farmer/rancher wanting to try something new – Cultivating Success™ provides educational opportunities for anyone interested in the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in your food or farm business!

The three courses, Is a Small Farm in Your Future?Whole Farm Planning and Agricultural Entrepreneurship courses are offered in various locations around Washington to audiences that include new and experienced farmers, academic students, immigrant farmers, and agricultural professionals. See if there’s a course coming up near you!

You can also find out more about the Cultivating Success™ Idaho program by visiting


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Upcoming Offerings:

Farm Walk 2019 Viva Farms Berry Growers – Innovations in Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Production

Viva Farms – Berry Growers Come meet the farmers from Arado Farm, Silva Family Farm, Regino’s Farm, Pure Nelida, Farias Farm, and Cabrera Farms, who grow at the Viva Farms Incubator in Burlington, WA. Throughout [...]

WSU Extension Mechanical Cultivation Field Day

WSU Extension Mechanical Cultivation Field Day REGISTER NOW : See WSU/OSU Mechanical Cultivation Flyer HERE Join OSU and WSU Extension an exciting workshop on mechanical cultivation for vegetable weed management. Workshops will be offered in Puyallup, WA and Aurora, OR. The event will include an [...]

Farm Walk 2019 Lost Peacock Creamery How Not to Start a Goat Dairy: Lessons Learned & Models for Success from a Veteran, Female Farmer

Join farmers Rachael Taylor-Tuller and Matthew Tuller of Lost Peacock Creamery as they share their story of how they came to be farmers, why they landed on a goat dairy, and how they are working [...]

Find a Course in Your Area:

Is a Small Farm in Your Future? Whole Farm Planning Agricultural Entrepreneurship On-Farm Internship
The foundational elements of Cultivating Success™

  • Farmer Mentorship
  • Experiential Learning
  • Community Place-Based
  • Whole Systems Focused
  • Small Farms