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WSU Cultivating Success™ launches statewide

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - December 15 @ 8:30 pm

Online course explores the opportunities available or for new and existing operations to create, sustain, and grow a viable small farm in Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties.

(WA) The WSU Food Systems Program with support from the Veteran’s Affairs office and in collaboration with eighteen WSU Extension locations from across Washington State are launching Cultivating Success™: Whole Farm Planning, a bilingual online event utilizing interactive virtual platforms over a 9-week curriculum to create, sustain, and grow viable small farms.

Cultivating Success™: Whole Farm Planning is a 9-week, step-by-step course, to help prepare a well thought out plan for land, life, and farm business. Learn how to use a whole systems lens to create a living plan for a small farm future. Classes will meet weekly through Zoom, in an online classroom environment. Participants can connect to a collective statewide cohort for main topics and lectures from experts in sustainable practices, direct market farming, value-added processing, integrated pest management, livestock, and more. Opportunities for discussion and community building in smaller regionally based groups with local farmers and ranchers will build a solid network and a whole farm plan to suite any operation.

$125 for a 9-week course offered fully online through Zoom with 100% Scholarships available for Military Veterans. Scholarships are also available to farmers who see the registration cost as a barrier, thanks to support from the Jefferson Land Trust, Kitsap Community Agricultural Alliance and the North Olympic Land Trust.

Starts October 20th running through December 15th, 2020 (with a break November 3rd). Class meets every Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. ¡Curso traducido al Español! This course will be offered with Spanish language interpretation and facilitation.

Course objectives include gaining knowledge of the practical aspects of whole farm planning for a wide variety of enterprises, understanding the various components of sustainable small-scale farming systems and gaining skills in assessing the feasibility of developing a viable, sustainable, small-scale farming enterprise including how to evaluate personal and family goals, evaluate land and personal resources, and improve environmental outcomes. Participants will learn about available resources and support networks for sustainable farming and develop a whole farm plan that meets social, environmental, and financial goals.

This course builds on the foundational elements of Cultivating Success™: farmer mentorship, experiential learning, community place-based, and whole systems thinking with a small farms focus. This series is offered thanks to the WSU Food Systems Program, 18 WSU Extension locations across Washington State with support from the Veteran’s Affairs Office.

Thank you to our foundational contributors and supporting funds from WSU Extension, the Washington State Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Rural Roots, the Veteran’s Affairs Office, University of Idaho Extension.

 

WSU Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

Details

Start:
October 20 @ 6:00 pm
End:
December 15 @ 8:30 pm

Organizer

WSU Extension Regional Small Farms Program
Phone:
(360) 379-5610 ext. 201
Email:
go.wsu.edu/regionalsmallfarms
Website:
kellie.henwood@wsu.edu