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Conference Promotes Small Farming

PULLMAN, Wash. — The three-day conference, “Small Farming in Western Washington: Linking Farms and Communities,” has something for just about everyone.

Keynoter Marty Strange, East Randolph, Vt., will discuss local agriculture’s role in community development. Strange was a co-founder of the Center for Rural Affairs, Walthill, Neb., and has written several books on issues that affect rural communities, family farms and agricultural resources.

Other speakers will cover such diverse topics as agritourism, and ginseng production to bamboo farming and raising ostriches and emus for fun and profit.

The conference will be held Feb. 21-23 in the Fort Worden Conference Center, Port Townsend. Inexpensive housing is available at the conference site. The conference is sponsored by Washington State University Cooperative Extension.

Registration will cost $60 on or before Feb. 7 and $70 afterwards. Single day registrations are available at a reduced fee. Contact Chris Eder, Extension Conference Planning, Hulbert Hall 305, Washington State University, P.O. Box 646230, Pullman, WA 99164-6230, telephone (509) 335-2954. You may e-mail her at edercj@wsu.edu.

More information on the program is available from Curtis Beus, Clallam County extension chair, Port Townsend. His telephone number is (360) 417-2279. You may e-mail him at beusc@wsu.edu.

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