By Kate Halstead, WSU Extension
EVERETT, Wash. – A 12-week course, Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching, begins Jan. 19 and will be held 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. It is the first course in the Cultivating Success series.
PASCO – “Tilling the Soil of Opportunity,” a course in business planning for current and aspiring small-scale farmers, ranchers and other agricultural businesses will be offered in Tri-Cities beginning in February.
The course is designed for those who are operating or interested in starting a small farm or agricultural business. Classes will cover all aspects of business planning, marketing, finances and legal issues, and participants will write a business plan as they progress through the course.
Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. from Feb. 20 through May 7, 2008. Registration for the full course is $200.
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Photo: Sergio and Lilia Marquez in their orchard with Malaquias Flores, right, coordinator of WSU’s Latino Small Farms Program. (Photo courtesy of Flores)In 1977, Sergio Marquez left Mexico. He was 15 when he arrived in central Washington to work in the apple orchards around Wapato. After more than 20 years of experience as a laborer and foreman, Marquez dreamed of owning an orchard. A few years ago, his boss suggested that Marquez buy his farm.“I thought he was just kidding,” Marquez recalled. “Then he gave me a very good deal for 106 acres of apples with all the equipment.” Malaquias Flores, coordinator of the Latino … » More …