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Get ready for spring at the WCD’s Small Farm Expo

Feb 20th, 2017 | Category: Features

Forage management, raising pigs, and more coming up

The Small Farm Expo, hosted for the first time last year by the Whatcom Conservation District, is back next month and in a larger location. Save the date for Saturday, March 11 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden.

Attendees are welcome to get their hands dirty during the demonstrations. Free soil tests and free tarps are available for qualifying farmers. COURTESY PHOTO

Attendees are welcome to get their hands dirty during the demonstrations. Free soil tests and free tarps are available for qualifying farmers. COURTESY PHOTO

This open house style event offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits focused on agricultural technology, products and services, as well as seminars and demonstrations. Designed to be an informal meet-and-greet and networking event, visitors will find opportunities to engage with vendors, experts, veterinarians, and other producers, as well as discover new resources to help improve and expand healthy agricultural and livestock production.

The event also offers an opportunity for vendors, manufacturers and exhibitors from across the farming industry to showcase their agri-business products. Participants will be given the chance to connect with supporting organizations, learn about the latest news affecting producers, ask and answer questions, and network with other farmers who share their concerns and desire to be successful. Free soil tests and free tarps are available for qualifying farmers.

The Small Farm Expo is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Haggen Expo Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. For more information on the event, contact Aneka Sweeney at asweeney@whatcomcd.org. A Facebook page for the event is also available.

 

Other workshops coming up

The WCD also has several more workshops and events coming up for farmers, growers, homesteaders and anyone interested in learning more. The schedule includes:

• Forage Management for Dairy Producers: Thursday, Feb. 16, noon  to 1:30 p.m. at Ten Mile Grange, 6985 Hannegan Road, Lynden. The featured speaker is Shabtai Bittman, a research scientist with Agriculture Canada. The event is co-hosted by the Drayton Watershed Improvement District.

• Pasture Management for non-dairy livestock: How to Grow Great Grass: Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-7:30 p.m. at Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. Tipton Hudson, Associate professor, rangeland & livestock management, Washington State University Extension will present on forage management for improved grazing and production. Karen Pickering, Publisher, Northwest Horse Source, will present on farm plans for horse owners. Co-hosted by the Drayton Watershed Improvement District.

• Raising Pigs: Saturday, Feb. 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Have you been wondering what it takes to raise a few pigs in the backyard? Interested in adding pastured pork to your farm or homestead? This workshop will give you the overview you need to get started. Co-hosted by Scratch and Peck Feed, Cloud Mountain Farm Center and Whatcom Conservation District.

• How Social is Your Farm?: Thursday, March 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Glen Echo Community Club, Everson. Guest Speaker Erin Vincent, Community Relations Director with the Dairy Farmers of Washington, will present a workshop style social media training.

For more information about these events, see http://whatcomcd.org/farm-speaker-series.

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