WSU Master Goat Farmer Program offered in Jefferson County in January

WSU Jefferson County Extension offers the Master Goat Farmer Program on Marrowstone  Island from January 17-19th , 2014. The 3-day advanced course, offered by WSU since 1988,provides goat farmers/owners in-depth training of goat production topics including nutrition, pasture management, health and disease, lactation, mastitis, reproduction, housing, breed  selection, and food safety.

Course presenters include Susan Kerr, WSU Northwest Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist; Gary Fredericks, WSU Cowlitz Extension County Director, and Lorrie Conway. Course participants will experience hands-on and classroom presentations, along with a field trip to neighboring goat dairy, Mystery Bay Farm. Participants will also receive a CD of educational publications related to goat care and management.

The Master Goat Farmer Program will be held at WSU Twin Vista Ranch on Marrowstone Island on Friday, Saturday and Sunday January 17th , 18th and 19th

Class size is limited. Cost is $60 per person, plus $30 for additional family members. To register, visit jefferson.wsu.edu.

For more information: Susan Kerr at kerrs@wsu.edu or 360-848-6151 or Kellie Henwood at (360) 379-5610 ext. 201.

Upcoming WSU Extension Class for Beginning Farmers- Sign up now

Upcoming farm course offers overview of production and marketing options

 

Do you farm and need some help improving your bottom line? Do you dream of farming, and aren’t sure where to begin?  The “Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching” course offered through a joint effort between WSU Jefferson and Clallam County Extensions provides beginning and expanding farmers with planning and decision-making tools, production skills, and support necessary to develop or improve their sustainable small farm or ranch.

 

Course presenters include successful local producers and university specialists with expertise in direct marketing, value-added processing, production planning, and more.  Course participants will have a chance to participate in field visits to see different operations and processing options up close.  They also qualify for college or continuing education credit.

 

Sustainable Farming and Ranching runs weekly on Wednesday nights from January 22nd thru March 19th, 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Gardiner Community Center in Gardiner, including 3 intensive Saturday field trips to various farms throughout both counties. The class is part of the Cultivating SuccessTM Program, a collaboration of Washington State University’s Small Farms Team, University of Idaho Extension and the non-profit Rural Roots. Support comes from the USDA Risk Management Agency and the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. 

 

Class size is limited. Cost for the nine-week course is $250 per farm or family. Paid pre-registration is required.  Register online at jefferson.wsu.edu or contact Kellie Henwood at WSU Jefferson County Extension at 360-379-5610 ext. 201.

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