Cultivating Success

Circular food systems buoy Washington agriculture, reinvigorate local economies

WSU Extension is developing interconnected, equitable, and sustainable food systems across the state, ensuring that Washington’s bountiful food systems are protective of land, water, and people.

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Planning for Sustainability Key to Profitable Farming

EVERETT, Wash. — Washington State University Snohomish County Extension is offering a 12-week “Cultivating Success: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Farm Business Planning” course to help new and existing farmers gain skills in business planning and direct marketing. The course runs on Tuesday evenings starting January 17 through April 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at […]

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Welcome to Green Times! For over 30 years, Washington State University has been at the forefront of sustainable and organic agriculture education, innovation, and research. WSU scientists provided some of the first direct evidence of the nutritional value of organically grown food and are leaders in calling for changes in the way Americans practice agriculture. […]

Course Helps Aspiring Farmers and Ranchers in “Cultivating Success”

EVERETT, Wash. — The rising market demand for locally produced food is increasing opportunities for current and would-be farmers and ranchers. But to succeed farmers must be able to adapt quickly, making decisions about crops, farming practices and marketing. Washington State University Snohomish County Extension is offering a 12-week course to provide small-acreage farmers and […]

Sustaining the Small Farm Course Offers Production, Marketing Overview

Small- and mid-sized family farms have unique advantages over larger operations in being able to quickly adapt to new markets, having a positive image, and the ability help meet growing consumer demand for locally grown farm products. But how can smaller operations use these advantages? “Sustainable Small-Acreage Farming and Ranching,” an award-winning 12-week course, can help. The course […]

Entrepreneurship Course Helps Farmers Plan for Financial Success

EVERETT, Wash. – Farming can be a wonderful lifestyle, but achieving financial success requires that farmers view their operations as a business. Beginning farmers must look at their enterprise as a new business requiring all the careful planning that entails, while existing operations considering diversification or expansion must carefully evaluate how any changes might impact […]

Business Planning Course Available for Westside Farmers and Growers

EVERETT, Wash. – “Agricultural Entrepreneurship – Tilling the Soil of Opportunity,” a 10-week course in business planning for current and aspiring small-scale farmers and other agricultural businesses will be offered in Everett beginning later this month. The course is being offered by Washington State University Snohomish County Extension. The course is designed for those who […]