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Cultivating Success in the South Puget Sound – Begins Sept 17!

Exciting 12-week program offers new and existing farm operators assistance in developing environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural businesses.

The 12-week course Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching will be held on Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 9:00pm starting Sept. 17, 2013 in Olympia, WA.

Class size is limited and pre-paid registration is required. Cost for the 12-week course is $275 for 2 persons representing an agricultural enterprise or household. Visit http://smallfarms.brownpapertickets.com/ to register with your credit card.

Check out the flyer for more information.  Click through for registration.

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Washington Ag News and Views – August 2013

The Office of Farmland Preservation is pleased to present this month’s ‘News and Views’ feature, a collection of news features, articles, and editorials on the subject of agriculture from media outlets around the state. The information and opinions contained in the articles are those of their respective authors, and are not necessarily those of the Office of Farmland Preservation or the Washington State Conservation Commission.

September 2013 Farmland Presevation Newsletter now available

The September 2013 edition of the Farmland Preservation Newsletter is now available.

The September edition includes information about upcoming farmland advocate meetings hosted by the Office of Farmland Preservation and the State Conservation Commission, information on heritage barn preservation grants, farm classes, wetland banking, changes to wastewater permit fees, USDA reports on farm size and farm expenditures, and much more.

Directly download the newsletter by clicking the following link:

September 2013 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 Josh Giuntoli at jgiuntoli@scc.wa.gov

PCC Farmland Trust seeking intern

PCC Farmland Trust is currently looking for a self-motivated, organized and enthusiastic intern to assist Stewardship Program staff in land stewardship, volunteer coordination, habitat restoration, and education program activities for the next year! This is a one year, full-time, paid WCC/AmeriCorps Individual Placement (IP) position from October 7th 2013 – September 14th 2014.  Qualified applicants should submit their WCC application, cover letter and resume by August 16th with interviews taking place in late August through early September. This is an incredible opportunity to play a key role in helping us to fulfill our mission of conserving and stewarding organic farmland in Washington State while gaining valuable job skills and diverse experiences. The candidate will have an opportunity to learn about farmland preservation and stewardship, natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, non-profit/land trust management, and issues related to local food systems.

Applicants must first submit the WCC/AmeriCorps application here and select PCC Farmland Trust (King County) as one of your preferred sites. Candidates will then need to send a cover letter and resume to brenda.campbell@pccfarmlandtrust.org in order to be considered. The full position description can be found online at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/wcc/Recruitment/PCCFT.pdf