harvested vegetablesSNOHOMISH, Wash. – The fall course series, “Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching,” will begin Sept. 18 and, for the first time, simulcast to three locations near Stanwood, Enumclaw and Vashon Island.

The course is designed for small and mid-sized farmers, as well as people interested getting into farming. It provides participants with the tools necessary to create, develop and expand a sustainable farm operation. The series includes lectures, workshops and on-farm learning experiences.

The “Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching” series will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 18-Dec. 4, and features an all-day Saturday farm field trip.

Weekly sessions include presentations by local growers, organizations and agriculture professionals. Topics include direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, agronomy, livestock production and more.

The course is collaboratively sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension, Snohomish Conservation District, WSU King County Extension, King Conservation District and King County.

Class size is limited, and pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the 12-week course is $300 per farm or family (up to three people). Visit SSFAR.eventbrite.com to register online or download the form from snohomish.wsu.edu/SSFAR and mail with your check.

Participants may be able to use AmeriCorps Awards to help pay registration costs. For information contact Kevin Wright, WSU King County Extension director, 206-263-1917, wrightkc@wsu.edu.

The course facilitator is Holly Small, a local agriculture teacher and small farmer.

For more information on the course series, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/SSFAR, contact Holly Small, hollynthompson@wsu.edu, or Kate Ryan, kate.ryan@wsu.edu, 425-357-6024.