OLYMPIA – People looking for ways to enter farming and expand their expertise in raising livestock, growing a grain crop, producing fruits or vegetables, or beginning a shellfish operation won't want to miss the Whole Farm Planning Course provided by the Washington State University Extension Thurston County. This 12-week course will provide practical information for planning your envisioned farm business.
What: Whole Farm Planning Course
Where: Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503
When: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 through Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Registration: Sign up online at https://extension.wsu.edu/thurston/agriculture/cultivatingsuccess/
Classes are held on Tuesday evenings starting on June 11, and will run through August 27. Participants will gain knowledge of the practical aspects of sustainable production systems for a wide variety of enterprises. The course involves guest lectures from local farmers, field trips, and classroom instruction. Students will develop a whole-farm plan during the course.
Participants will also hear from a different guest speaker, mostly farmers, at each class. Whole Farm Planning will help students think through both the personal and family aspects of considering a new enterprise, and become familiar with the common agricultural principles. Course topics include introduction to soils, crop planning, equipment and facilities, integrated pest management, marketing, livestock management, and more.