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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: August 31, 2011

Contact: Arno Bergstrom
(360) 337-7225 or

No: 2011-060


Sustaining the Small Farm
Course Offers Overview of Production, 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 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 for registration information.


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