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Whole Farm Planning

It is suggested that this course be taken first in the Cultivating Success series and helps participants explore the unique challenges associated with starting up and successfully running a farm or food business. Whether you are just exploring the opportunities available or already have an existing operation, you’ll learn what it takes to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm enterprise.

This course also offers a crucial opportunity to build your community network with your cohort and with presenters including local growers, organizations, and university specialists with expertise in direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, agronomy, livestock production, and more.

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Upcoming Offerings:

Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching – Skagit County

Program Contact: Kate Smith 360-428-4270 ext. 223 • kate.smith@wsu.edu Our Cultivating Success Program offers courses that provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills and support necessary to develop a sustainable small acreage farm. Cultivating [...]

Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching – Snohomish County

There are now five million fewer farms in the U.S. than there were in the 1930s and of those remaining, almost 40 percent of the farmers are at least 55 years old. Without new farmers [...]
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Cultivating Success: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching – Spokane County

Tuesday nights 6:00-9:00 pm, September 24 to December 10, 2019 (No class on November 26) During this 12-week class series, students will learn how to apply successful whole farm management principles to a small farm [...]

Course Locations:

Skagit County Snohomish County Spokane County
Covering these primary topics:

  • Sustainability Concepts
  • Whole Farm Planning
  • Evaluating Resources
  • Enterprise Assessment Marketing Strategies
  • Crop Production
  • Ecological Soil Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Livestock & Grazing Management
  • Equipment & Facilities
  • Enterprise Budgets
  • On-Farm Field Trips