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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: September 8, 2010
Contact: Arno Bergstrom, Director
WSU Kitsap County Extension
(360) 337-7225,
No: 10-42

Sustaining the Small Farm
Course offers overview of production and marketing options

(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 or by phone 360-337-7225.

For more information about this course and to register, go to:

Doug Bear, Public Communication Manager
360-337-4598 or

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014