|| September 8, 2010
|| Arno Bergstrom, Director
WSU Kitsap County Extension
(360) 337-7225, email@example.com
Sustaining the Small Farm
Course offers overview of production and
(Port Orchard, WA)- Small and mid-sized family farms have unique
advantages that larger-scale operations do not enjoy. They can quickly adapt
to new markets. They tend to be viewed positively by their neighbors. And
they can meet growing consumer demand for sustainably-raised products.
But how do smaller farms identify and use the advantages of their size? This
is a key question in a semester-long course offered this fall in two
locations, Bremerton and Silverdale, "Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and
Ranching" will help participants find answers to this question.
The course gives students a broad overview of production and marketing
options on today's small farm. Participants will include established farmers
seeking to sustain their existing operations as well as beginning farmers.
Course presenters include successful local producers and university
specialists with expertise in direct marketing, value-added processing,
production planning, and more. Participants will have a chance to conduct
farm tours and field visits to see different operations and processing
options up close.
Enrollment is beginning now. The first course is scheduled for Wednesday’s
starting September 15th at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton and
the second course location starts on Thursday September 16 at the Kitsap
County Training Center on the Kitsap County Fair Grounds. Both offerings are
held from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at their respective locations.
This course is part of the Cultivating Success series, a collaboration of
Washington State University's Small Farms Team, University of Idaho
Extension and the non-profit Rural Roots. Funding for the courses comes from
the USDA Risk Management Agency and the Western Region Sustainable
Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program.
For questions about course details and registration, contact Arno
Bergstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 360-337-7225.
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