this fall, local farmers and those interested in becoming farmers have
a unique opportunity to learn about new farming models. Selected county
extension offices in Washington and Idaho are now taking registrations
for a weekly course on Sustainable Small Farming & Ranching. This evening
course is part of an expanding series developed by the Cultivating Success
program of Washington State University and the University of Idaho.
“This course was designed for beginning farmers and for current
producers who are interested in taking their farm in a new direction,” said Marcy
Ostrom, Director of WSU’s Small Farms Program and a co-instructor at
Students learn how to apply successful whole farm management principles
to small farm operations, farming principles that focus on environmentally
sustainable practices, marketplace profitability trend identification,
andskills to assess the feasibility of a potential on-farm enterprise
“The beauty of this course is that it gathers people with different
backgrounds into a participatory learning environment, ” Ostrom said.
The WSU-UI partnership was launched six years ago. So far, over 800 people
have taken the course in several locations throughout Washington and Idaho.
A second course on business planning will be offered after Christmas.
The cost of the 12-14 week course ranges from $125 – $200. Some
scholarships are available. Courses can be taken for continuing education units or college credit.
Funding for Cultivating Success is made possible by The USDA Risk
Management Agency, USDA SARE, and USDA Higher Education Challenge Grants.
For information on additional course locations or for more details
about the Cultivating Success Program see http://www.cultivatingsucc ess.org
<http://www.cultivat ingsuccess. org/> or contact:
Mary Kempfert in WA at: mkempfert@wsu. edu or (253) 445-4565
Amanda Snyder in ID at: amsnyder@uidaho. edu or (208) 885-2049