WSUoffers small farming classes

Published on Thu, Feb 1, 2007
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WSU offers small farming classes

Washington State University’s Whatcom County Extension program will begin offering its popular course on sustaining a profitable small farm or agricultural enterprises beginning February 7.

Individuals are invited to sign up for this intensive, hands-on learning opportunity. The course features a full line-up of local guest speakers: bankers, accountants, attorneys, and successful farm owners.

Participants will gain skills in business planning, direct marketing and record-keeping. They’ll also receive information on federal and state programs targeted to the needs of small producers, including resources to improve risk management and conservation practices.

The course is designed for both beginning farmers as well as current growers who are looking to take their farm in a new direction. The course is offered by the Cultivating Success Program, a collaboration of WSU’s Small Farms Program, the University of Idaho and the non-profit organization Rural Roots. Guest lecturers for the courses are regional growers who are models of sustainable agriculture in their farming and marketing practices.

Students will complete the course having developed a business plan they can take to the bank to finance their new enterprise or use as a roadmap for their farm business.

The cost of the course is only $300 including materials. The cost to community members has been reduced due to a Risk Management Agency grant. Continuing Education Units are available and college credits are available at a higher cost.

The course will be held Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lynden Library.

To sign up for the course contact Colleen Burrows at the WSU Whatcom County Extension Office at 360/676-6736 or at

For more information about the class and registration forms, visit For more information about the Cultivating Success program, visit