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September 26, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Conservation Center
This workshop will focus on managing your soils for better forage production and animal health. Learn how to find out what soil types are on your property to inform grazing and fertilizer timing, grass species selection, and more. Learn how and when to take a soil test as well as interpret the results. Retired Natural Resources Conservation Services Soil Scientist Chuck Natsuhara will be on hand to help give you tools to better understand the ground beneath your feet. Local Farmer, Larry Bailey, will add his experience of implementing nutrient management practices on his farm in Orting.
September 26, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Are you interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to help save your business money, or reduce your environmental impact, but have been turned off by the starting costs? There are opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington Conservation Commission and Spark Northwest are running a workshop in Pierce County illustrating how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get your energy conservation ideas off the ground. RSVP for location.
September 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Get inspired to get your farm ready for winter by visiting this 5-acre, well-managed horse farm. In the four years since David and Elizabeth have owned the property, they have built a paddock adjacent to the barn in which to keep their two horses in the winter and during droughty times in the summer to ensure that their pastures stay healthy and productive. They installed 5/8 minus gravel footing material in the paddocks to prevent mud. They have divided the pastures into several smaller areas to facilitate rotational grazing, which will allow the grass to rest and re-grow. The manure that is removed from the stalls and paddocks is placed in a tarp covered pile to compost it and turn it into a valuable soil amendment that they spread back onto the pastures in the fall. They will be demonstrating this at the workshop, so come learn how easy it is to use the District’s rental manure spreader and learn what you can do to improve your own farm.
September 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - September 23, 2018, 6:00 PM @ Washington State Fairgrounds, the Northwest Outdoors Building
Want to chat? Come and visit us at the the fair and learn about what we're up to this fall!
September 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Dropstone Farm
Nestled in the river valley near Orting,
Dropstone Farm has fenced off
a long stream corridor from their
field and livestock operations. A
tributary to the Carbon River, this
section of stream bank is lacking
in native vegetation to keep water
temperatures cool and invasive reed
canary grass at bay. Planting event is
co-sponsored by PCC Farmland Trust,
who helped protect this valuable
agricultural land into perpetuity.
September 22, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ The Farm at Franklin Pierce School District
Learn about espalier, a term for a fruit whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall, supported on a lattice, or a framework of stakes.
September 22, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Ft. Steilacoom Park
Our park is a wonderful place. Volunteers are working each month to make it even better! Can you join us?