Farm Tour: Mud, Manure, and Native Plants (in both English and Spanish)
Nestled along Coal Creek, Trinity Ranch worked with KCD to plant native trees and shrubs along the water to prevent erosion and reduce the spread of invasive blackberries. Trinity has also built some awesome composting bins and great paddock drainage - both good to check out before winter rains. Get ideas for managing mud, utilizing native plants, and composting animal manure. See well-cared-for animal residents with reduced environmental impacts.
This is a family-friendly event! Come for breakfast at 9:45.There will be a table set up with kid activities as well as an adult to monitor the table.
November 2nd (10:00am12:00pm)
This tour is held on private property. Address and directions will be emailed out to those registered the week of the event.
Farmer Roundtable Discussion
These popular Roundtables gather not only the new generation of farmers in the Sammamish Valley but also those who have been farming long-term in the Valley. Discussion topics have included: new technologies, environmental challenges, business models along with food policy and security issues. In addition, the November program will include a joint listening session conducted by both the Grange and 21 Acres for farmers and community members about their interests in creating a local food product for the marketplace. Perhaps you’ve even considered a family recipe that your friends and neighbors have encouraged you to make and sell, if so, this is a conversation you won't want to miss.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free program and meet those who are committed to bringing local food into our community. Due to the engaging conversation, the popularity of the Roundtable and the joint listening session, this program may extend past the usual 8 p.m. closing time. Please join the incubator, student and experienced farmers in the Sammamish Valley and connect and network with other farmers and growers in the area.
November 6th (7:00pm)
Sammamish Valley Grange
14654 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville
For more information, please e-mail for more information
Focus on Farming and Focus on Forestry Conference
This year’s conference will feature 24 workshops in 6 industry tracks, plus Focus on Forestry workshops. Lunchtime keynote speaker Dr. Michael Rosmann a farmer and psychologist at Harlan, Iowa. His professional work has contributed to the understanding of why people farm, their unique behavioral health issues, and stress affects our crops and livestock.
Morning keynote Erin Pirro has been helping farmers large and small make their businesses run better since 2001. Labor is one of our biggest expenses, but it’s also one of our greatest opportunities. Building a professionally-run business pays huge dividends - not only to the bottom line but in creating a company culture where people want to work. A good team is an asset to any company, and building the one you want opens doors to everything: a day off, a vacation, even a legacy that outlives you.
This year's works shop tracks include Industrial Hemp Production, Flower Farming, Agritourism, Livestock Production, New and Beginning Farmers, The Business of Farming and Focus on Forestry! Join us for this wonderful day of learning, great food and don't forget the trade show!
November 7th (7am-5:30pm)
Evergreen State Fairground, Monroe WA
Tilth Conference Growing a Productive Future: Production and Beyond
The Tilth Conference takes place in November to celebrate the slowing down of the production season.
We've got a great lineup of presenters and panelists on their way to Yakima this November for Tilth Conference!
You can browse the preliminary program for this year's conference, including session speakers and descriptions, on our website. We'll be updating the website every week with additional sessions and full descriptions. Plus, be sure to check out this year's Farm Tour where we'll be visiting Inaba Produce Farms, Gilbert Orchards and Bale Breaker Brewing. Also on Friday there will be a PSA Grower Training, hosted in partnership with Washington State Tree Fruit Association and WSDA. Fulfill that FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement!
Conference registration includes all weekend conference sessions, the Friday evening happy hour mixer, the trade show, Saturday and Sunday keynote speakers, weekend meals (including the Saturday banquet dinner), Saturday evening awards ceremony and social activities.
November 8th 10th
Yakima Convention Center, 10 N 8th St, Yakima, WA 98901, Yakima, WA
Grants for Farmers Workshop
Did you know that there are several grant opportunities available just for farmers? Grant writing can be daunting, but the potential benefits to your business are well worth the effort. Join Pierce County Fresh for a workshop designed to teach you the basics of great grant writing and to provide information about specific grants available to farmers including the USDA Value Added Producer Grant and the Washington State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund.
- Dr. Angela Beard, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy has more than 30 years of experience in the world of non-profits and grant writing. She will be breaking down the basics of effective grant writing from building your grant statement to outlining S.M.A.R.T. objectives.
- Carlotta Donisi is a Business & Cooperative Programs Specialist at USDA Rural Development. Carlotta provides assistance with the Value Added Producer Grant for farmers/ranchers, as well as Renewable Energy-Energy Efficiency grants for farmers/ranchers and small businesses.
- Erin Murphy is the Statewide Education Coordinator at Tilth Alliance. She will be detailing the nuts and bolts of the Washington State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund, a grant program offered in conjunction by Tilth Alliance and The HumanLinks Foundation
- Nancy Iscovitz is the Special Projects Director for HumanLinks Foundation, a private family foundation that has awarded approximately $1.5 million in grants to WA sustainable farmers over the last 5 years. The Foundation is co-sponsoring a new program with Tilth for 2020.
- Micha Ide owns and operates Bright Ide Acres with her husband in Orting, WA, and also manages the Pierce County Fresh buy local marketing program. Micha has successfully applied for and received several grants as a farmer (and is always applying for more!).
November 19th (2:00pm)
Pierce Conservation District
308 W Stewart Ave, Puyallup, WA 98371
Pollinator Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes Short Course
This full day workshop provided by the Xerces Society will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes.
- Principles of pollinator biology and integrated crop pollination
- The economics of insect pollination
- Basic field identification and evaluating pollinator and beneficial insect habitat
- Land management practices for pollinator protection
- Pollinator habitat restoration
- And selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites.
Presentations from farmers actively implementing pollinator habitat restoration on their farms will be included.
There is a $25 registration fee for the workshop. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Scholarships are available.
November 19th (9:00am 3:00pm)
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center, 2606 W Pioneer Ave, Puyallup , WA 98371