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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Stephen Bramwell, WSU Extension Thurston County, 360-790-9308, or email  

Whole Farm Planning Course
Sustainable Farm and Ranch Management

​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

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.



County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3