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2013 Focus on Farming Conference - November 21, 2013. Comcast Arena, Everett
Looking for a new tractor and some advice on farm direct marketing? Ever wondered about aquaponics? Then you’ll want to register early for Snohomish County’s 10th-annual Focus on Farming conference this November.
Discounted early registration is now available online, and includes a gourmet, locally produced lunch. The one-day conference runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Comcast Arena in downtown Everett.
Registration information, directions and workshop sessions are available online at http://www.focusonfarming.org. The annual conference features workshop opportunities, farm-fresh local food, a 17,000-square-foot tradeshow and respected speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is Will Allen, former basketball star and founder of Growing Power, a Milwaukee, Wis., based urban farming project.
Master Beekeeping Apprentice Level Course, Fall 2013 - Next class begins Jan. 6th, 2014
Topics include: basic bee biology and beekeeping history, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, as well as havesting and processing honey with a focus on Western Washington.
Participants completing the course and passing the Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) receive a certificate towards the Journeyman and Master Beekeeper levels.
When: Five consecutive Mondays, Nov. 18 - Dec. 16, 2013.
Where: WSU Snohomish Co. Ext Cougar Auditorium; 600 - 128th St SE, Everett
Cost: $85 per person; space is limited.
Cultivating Success - Agricultural Entrepreneurship
Tuesday evenings; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Jan. 14 thru Apr. 1, 2014 plus 2 Saturday workshops
This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and financial statements along with how to cultivate capital resources.
2014 Country Living Expo & Cattlemen's Winterschool - Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Stanwood High School
Come and learn about living in the country, network with other small farmers, enjoy a prime rib lunch and visit with local agricultural businesses offering you service.
Dormant Pruning - Lecture & Hands-On - Feb. 19, 2014; 6–9:00pm
Hands-On: Sat. Feb. 22, 2014; 11–2:00pm
Topics covered include the basics of pruning with an emphasis on the techniques and goals of dormant pruning. You’ll learn what issues can be addressed or exacerbated, the physiology of a tree’s response to pruning, along with what to look for when deciding to prune, or not to prune. Then you’ll put theory into practice as you work in small groups to prune several trees in the orchard.
See the "Puget Sound Forest Stewardship" page for upcoming Forestry classes and events
Rain Garden Workshop for Landscape Professionals - Nov. 6 & 7, 2013. Everett.
Go HERE for locations and dates in other Counties.
The 12,000 Rain Gardens campaign for Puget Sound and its partners are offering 2-day workshops specifically for landscape professionals including: landscape designers, architects, installers, maintenance specialists, business staff and more. Each 2-day workshop will cover roughly the same material, tailored for the location where it happens, so pick the location and dates from one of the links above that work best for you and sign up.
Deadline for applications has been extended until Dec. 16th
Join over 350 Snohomish County Master Gardeners in sharing good gardening and environmental stewardship practices with county residents by becoming a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Community Educator. Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Master Gardener training class.
Training focuses on familiarization and learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor, and answer horticulture questions for the general public in a collaborative environment. All training is open book and no memorization is expected. Training involves approximately 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week, daytimes, every Thursday starting in early January and extending into April.
Tuition for this extensive training program is $245 to cover the direct costs plus a volunteer commitment of 50 hours each year for two years working, learning and having fun with other like-minded volunteers on a variety of community educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $745. For more information and an application, visit the Extension website at http://snohomish.wsu.edu and look under "News and Announcements," call the Master Gardener Hotline at 425-357-6010, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural ResourcesCheck out the links to our Beachwatchers, Carbon Masters, Forest Stewardship, Shore Stewards and Rain Gardens programs.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.