|| August 31, 2011
|| Arno Bergstrom
(360) 337-7225 or
Sustaining the Small Farm
Course Offers Overview of Production, Marketing
(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 local sustainably-raised products.
How do smaller farms identify and use the advantages of their size? "Sustainable
Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching" answers this is a key question in a 14-week
course offered this fall in Bremerton and Silverdale.
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, with the first course scheduled to begin on
Wednesday September 14, 2011. Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching
course also qualifies for college or continuing education credit.
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 more details and to register, contact WSU Kitsap County Extension at
360-337-7157 or go to
www.kitsap.wsu.edu for registration information.