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Marketing & Market Research for Farmers

Who’s going to buy what you are selling? Do you know who your customers are? How will you convince them to buy from you? Join us for an evening on Marketing & Market Research for Farmers. Learn how to identify potential customers and connect with them during this workshop. We’ll look at some of the market research tools available to the modern farm business along with a discussion on how to capture the interest – and purchasing dollars – of potential customers. Emily Felt, from Sno-Isle Libraries Business Services, will demo some of the new resources they have available for conducting market research and identifying potential new customers. In addition, writer, photographer, and farm-to-table documentarian Audra Mulkern will share what she’s learned about capturing and retaining customers through the gentle art of storytelling. Founder of The Female Farmer Project, Audra’s work highlights the rise of women in agriculture as well as helping change the way we look at food and farming.

Tues. December 4
7:00pm-9:00pm
WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.
Registration


The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets

Regardless of what vegetable crop(s) you’re growing or on what acreage, it takes vision and a plan to move from seed to start to planting, harvest, and sales. It takes record-keeping and analysis to determine if a crop is worth your time to grow, or how you might make it worthwhile. Join us for an evening with Becky Zaneski as she brings The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets to life. From season planning and field mapping to tracking labor costs and sales data, Becky’s common-sense approach helps you make sense of the data. Co-founder of City Grown Seattle, an urban market gardening business, she is a farmer with a strong software background and a passion for growing vegetables. She currently farms at Full Tilth Farm in Poulsbo, a 5-acre farm producing vegetables, berries, and eggs using organic practices...and spreadsheets!

Wed. December 12
6:00pm-8:00pm
WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.
Registration


Lease Literacy for Farmers & Landowners

Farmland owners often wish to lease their land to someone willing to farm, while there are plenty of folks looking to start or grow a farm by leasing land. But how do you go about setting up an equitable lease? What do you need to look for and/or avoid? What makes a good lease contract? What factors lead to positive landlord-tenant relationships? Both landowners and renters have the same questions. This informal workshop is designed to help address some of the challenges landowners and tenants have related to developing and maintain good land lease arrangements. We’ll have a lawyer familiar with land leases on hand to explain the legal details and answer questions. In addition, much of the evening will be devoted to a panel of experts on the topic: farmers, landowners, and farm incubator managers willing to share their experiences regarding what works, what doesn’t, and how to create good lease relationships

Wed. December 19
7:00pm-9:00pm
WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St SE Everett, WA inside McCollum Park.
Registration


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.
6pm-8:30pm
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 p.m. to 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 December 12
10-11:30am
SnoValley Tilth Office, 4621 Tolt Ave, Carnation WA 98014 (upstairs).
Email for more info


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 January 9
10-11:30am
SnoValley Tilth Office, 4621 Tolt Ave, Carnation WA 98014 (upstairs).
Email for more info


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
10-11:30am
SnoValley Tilth Office, 4621 Tolt Ave, Carnation WA 98014 (upstairs).
Email for more info


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
10-11:30am
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
6:30-9pm
Registration