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Small Farm Expo coming up March 9

Mar 1st, 2019 | Category: Features

LYNDEN – The 4th annual Whatcom Small Farm Expo offers something for everyone. Presented by the Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works, the Expo will be held Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front Street in Lynden. Admission and parking are free; all ages welcome. Participants can view agricultural exhibits, products and services, and attend seminars by local veterinarians, financial advisors, and horticulturists. Local businesses and organizations will offer information about services and resources in the vendor area. small farm expo web

Topic talks are scheduled throughout the day:

• 9:30 a.m.: Optimize Your Pasture Management: Talk nutrients and forage growth with Steve Groen and Molly Pershing, of Skagit Farmers Supply. Learn how to work with an agronomist to optimize your pasture management and forage production.

• 10 a.m.: Competition or Co-opetition: Hear from a panel of farming peers and regional marketing specialists about innovative farmer owned cooperatives and other collaborative marketing strategies. Panelists include Jeff Voltz (Northwest Agriculture Business Center), Anna Chotzen (Viva Farms), Nancy Hibbing (North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative), and Cat Olson (Puget Sound Food Hub).

• 11 a.m.: What’s Buzzing: Mason bees and honey bees on your farm: Everything you wanted to know in 20 minutes and where to learn more about these two different pollinators, with Wild Bird Chalet and Bee Works.

• 11:30 a.m.: Farm Funding Opportunities: Grants, Incentives and Costs: Whatcom Conservation District will share information on small farm costshare and incentives, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and other resources.

• Noon: Meat the Future: Successful models in animal agriculture: Learn about production practices, process, aggregating and selling animal products with a focus on pasture-based and regenerative models, with Rebecca Thistlethwaite. She is the author of Farms with a Future (Chelsea Green, 2012) and The New Livestock Farmer (Chelsea Green, 2015). As the Program Manager of the eXtension community-of-practice Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), she develops and delivers technical assistance and educational content for niche meat producers and processors around the country. She also runs Sustain Consulting. She currently lives in the Columbia River Gorge. Her website is rebeccathistlethwaite.com.

• 1 p.m.: Farms to Tables: A panel of Whatcom County direct market farmers will share how they run their businesses based on direct to consumer marketing and sales, with Ten Fold Farms, Twin Sisters, and City Sprouts Farm.

• 1:30 p.m.: Vet’s Corner: Working with a large animal vet to improve herd health.

For more information and updates about the Small Farm Expo, see the Facebook event page or contact the WCD office at (360) 526-2381.

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