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Raising Livestock, Small Farming courses start this month

Sep 2nd, 2014 | Category: News

SKAGIT/WHATCOM – Several multi-week training courses about raising livestock and small farming start this month. The Raising Livestock Workshop Series, offered through the WSU Extension Livestock Advisor program, begins Monday, Sept. 15, offering a 10-week course about raising your own animals. The course covers beef, sheep, goats, poultry, swine and rabbits, as well as feeding, housing, breeding, fencing, pastures, weeds and more. Classes will held at Skagit County Extension in Burlington from 6 to 9 p.m. each Monday. Several livestock farm tours are included to show best management practices of raising livestock. The cost of the 10-week program is $125 and can include a second person from the same farm or family to attend at no cost. At the completion of training participants are certified as a WSU Livestock volunteer and asked to return 50 hours of volunteer time over a two-year period. To download an online application go to, or call program coordinator Joan DeVries at WSU Skagit County Extension at (360) 428-4270, ext. 240 for more information.

The WSU Cultivating Success – Sustainable Small Acreage Farming and Ranching course is available in both Whatcom and Skagit counties. Participants learn about aspects of livestock and crop production, soils and fertility, pest management, season extension and more. The Whatcom class starts Tuesday, Sept. 9 and will be held in Bellingham. For cost and registration, see or contact The Skagit class begins Sept. 24 and will be presented at WSU NWREC (Mount Vernon)  from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evenings, and includes two Saturday field trips. Course fee is $250 per farm. To register, call Don McMoran, WSU Extension Educator, at (360) 428-4270, ext. 225. The Small Farm Business Planning Course will be offered in October.


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