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Upcoming Value-Added Workshop

Geared to small scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products. See the VA Prepared Foods Flier here.

DATE: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

TIME:  9:00am to 4:00pm

LOCATION: TBA – Olympia area (Thurston Co.)

FEE: $95, general admission (pre-registration is required)

- Lunch, beverages and course packet included.

INSTRUCTORS: Fred Berman, Project Manager, NABC, Girish Ganjyal, Food Processing Specialist, WSU

This workshop will provide the region’s small scale prepared food producers with up-to-date information and technical knowledge of the food product development process for the specialty food industry and how to bring such products to market – targeted to start-up entrepreneurs and food product developers. Read more

October 2014 WA Farmland Preservation Newsletter now available

The October 2014 edition of the Farmland Preservation newsletter is now available.

The October edition includes information upcoming conferences and workshops, new farm bill programs, job opportunities, public comment opportunities, grants, calendar items and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

October 2014 Farmland Preservation Newsletter (PDF)

As always, there is plenty more to browse and dates to note. If you have suggestions for newsletter content, drop a line to us at

WSU Extension Offering Latino Outreach Training

“But They Don’t Come”

Strategies to Increase Latino Participation

in Extension Programs

— A Full-Day Workshop —

Have you noticed the change of demographics in your region/county? Have you wondered about working with non-traditional audiences? Do you know the trends of the population in Washington and who Extension and other organizations will serve in the future? Are you prepared?

The Latino/Hispanic community has rapidly grown in the state of Washington and extension professionals are increasingly challenged to reach out and work with these audiences. Any model, approach and technique to reaching out to Latinos/as will not be effective without understanding the needs and characteristics of, as well as the cultural and socio-economic factors connected to, the Latino community. The purpose of this training is to provide tools, skills and strategies to Extension educators and other professionals that will assist them in working effectively with Latino/Hispanic communities. Read more