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Agricultural Entrepreneurship Course

‘Buying local’ seems to be on everyone’s list of resolutions. The popularity of keeping dollars in local circulation is gaining momentum. For farmers, capturing a larger share of this trend is crucial to growth and longevity. New farmers must look at their farm like any new business venture, while existing operations must carefully evaluate how any changes can affect land, labor, capital, resources, and profitability.

One of two foundation courses in the Cultivating Success program, the 12-week Agricultural Entrepreneurship course helps new and current farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing.

Tuesdays Jan 15 through April 2 + Saturday March 2.
6 - 8:30 p.m.
WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium.
Registration


Beginning Beekeeper Course

WSU Snohomish County Extension is sponsoring a spring session of the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program. The five-week course is perfect for anyone with no previous beekeeping experience and anyone wanting more information about beekeeping before making the decision to acquire a hive.

Monday evenings, February 25 through March 25, 2019
6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in McCollum Park at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th ST SE, Everett.
Registration


Food Safety Work Group

A series of work group sessions for farmers who are working (or want to start work on) food safety plans, the second Wednesday of each month through March 2019. Please come to gather, ask questions, and make progress on your food safety plans. Ele Watts form WSDA will attend these sessions to answer questions and give guidance.

Wednesday February 13
10 - 11:30 a.m.
SnoValley Tilth Office, 4621 Tolt Ave, Carnation WA 98014 (upstairs).
Email for more info


Agriculture Commission Meeting cancelled

King County Agriculture Commission Meeting for Thursday February 14, 3-6 p.m. at Preston Community Center is cancelled due to road conditions.


Crop Insurance 101 for Diversified Farms

Join Viva Farms Operations Director Rob Smith for this evening workshop. Participants will learn about new federal crop insurance programs appropriate for diversified and small-scale farms. This affordable workshop is made possible through a grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency. Spanish translation available upon request. Email or call (360) 969-7191 x4 to request translation.

February 21, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sammamish Valley Grange #286
14654 148th Avenue Northeast
Woodinville, WA 98072
Registration

The Snoqualmie Valley Watershed Improvement District’s water bank request period has closed, but they do have additional irrigation water supply for the 2019 season. Late applications carry an additional fee and approval dates are not guaranteed for early season, but will be accepted if there is water available. Anyone farming in the lower Snoqualmie who is in need of access to water rights in 2019 should contact Cynthia Krass.


Food Safety Work Group

A series of work group sessions for farmers who are working (or want to start work on) food safety plans, the second Wednesday of each month through March 2019. Please come to gather, ask questions, and make progress on your food safety plans. Ele Watts form WSDA will attend these sessions to answer questions and give guidance.

Wednesday March 13
10 - 11:30 a.m.
SnoValley Tilth Office, 4621 Tolt Ave, Carnation WA 98014 (upstairs).
Email for more info


Basics of Safe Canning

With the right recipes and methods, it’s easy to provide your family with safe, nutritious home-canned products. Learn the basics of food safety and canning skills, including bacteria and food spoilage, canning equipment, and canning high/low acid foods. This class is essential for anyone new to the science of canning as well as for those needing an update on the most recent research and changes to home canning procedures. We strongly encourage anyone taking one or more of the hands-on classes to take this class as well. Demonstration of hot water bath & pressure canning, no hands-on.

Wed. May 15
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Registration