Spring WSU Extension Livestock Advisor training begins Feb. 17, 2014 and is being held at Stanwood High School. Acquire knowledge and confidence to raise your own beef, sheep, goats, poultry, swine and rabbits either traditionally or organically on your farm. Starting with soils, forage production, fencing, pasture management, weeds and mud we explore pasture based livestock systems, greenhouse, to traditional barns. Additionally several farm tours are included to show best management practices of raising livestock. Cost of the 10 week program is $225 and a second person from the same farm or family may attend at no cost.
BJ and Karen Martin had the idea that they could live closer to the earth, grow more of their own food, and start a small farm that would launch them on a path to self-sufficiency. But, where to start?
“The WSU Livestock Advisor program helped us make wise choices about which livestock would work for our environment. The course provided a network of contacts, and the instructors and our classmates we’re extremely supportive. We’re now producing the vast majority of our food and happy to give back to the community through WSU’s volunteer opportunities. We’re enthusiastic supporters of WSU’s Livestock Advisor Program”.
Gain the skills and knowledge you need to add livestock to your farmstead this spring! Save yourself wasted dollars, time and energy by learning first hand the best ways to raise livestock.
To download an online application please go to http://skagit.wsu.edu/agriculture/volunteer.htm , or call program coordinator Joan DeVries at Skagit County Extension, 360-428-4270, Ext. 240 for more information.
Joan R. DeVries
WSU Livestock Advisor Program Coordinator
WSU Skagit County Extension
11768 Westar Lane, Suite A
Burlington, WA 98233
360-428-4270 Ext. 240 Fax: 360-428-4263
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