the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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washington: local food systems training for young adults


Registration is currently open for the 2014 year of Cascade Mountain School. Five programs for middle and high school students run from June to August. Need-based scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.

This year’s course offerings are:

  • Sustainable Agriculture Course: June 21-July 3. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams. Students dig into what agricultural sustainability means at the individual, local and global scales while farming, cooking and bicycling around this beautiful valley. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.
  • Mt. Hood Watershed Science Camp: July 20-25This adventurous, science-based camp for students age 14-18 explores the Hood River watershed.  Students start on the flanks of Mt. Hood and backpack, bicycle, and raft down the Hood River while learning how this rich ecosystem functions.
  • Farm to Table Bike Camp for High School Students: July 27-August 1. This fun-filled camp for students age 15-18 is based in in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams.  Students farm, cook, and bicycle through a beautiful organic valley while having conversations about food and food choices.
  • Farm to Table Bike Camp for Middle School Students: August 3-8. This fun-filled camp for students age 12-14 is based in in Trout Lake, Wash., at the base of Mt. Adams. Students farm, cook, and bicycle through a beautiful organic valley while having conversations aboutfood and food choices.
  • Field Ecology Course: August 3-16. This for-credit course for students age 15-18 is based on Mt. Adams and in Trout Lake, Wash.  Students get a hands-on field science experience working alongside professional scientists and learn about climate change, glaciers and mountain ecology. High school science credit, college credit and 20 hours of service credit are available.

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young farmers in the news

“Greenhorns”: California couple learns farm life running local CSA farm
By Polly Keary, Editor

Andrew Ide, 27, has a degree in philosophy and theology. His wife Micha, 29, has a degree in anthropology and part of another in interior design. Both have experience in the California corporate world.

None of that knowledge is doing them any good now.

The chickens are out.

Read the rest of the article here.

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tilth producers conference, washington


Seattle, WA – Tilth Producers of Washington is pleased to announce registration is open for its annual conference at the Yakima Convention Center, November 8-10. The conference is open to all and typically attended by 400 organic and sustainable farmers, orchardists, ranchers and industry representatives. The 3-day conference features 30 workshops, Spanish language sessions, farm tours, an organic apple tasting and a keynote address by fourth generation farmers David Mas Masumoto and daughter Nikiko Masumoto of California’s Central Valley. Attendance is $170 for members and $220 for non members. Scholarships applications will be accepted until October 11th.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Nourishing the Future: Cultivating Our Farming Legacy.” Workshop presenters from the state’s organic and sustainable farming sector will address topics such as ecological weed management, fire blight, seed growing, leasing land, renewable energy, farm financing, quinoa production, draft horses and food safety.

The conference is preceded by a Friday symposium, “Small Scale Livestock and Poultry Production,” hosted by Washington State University, and a tour of Yakima Valley farms utilizing high tunnels to extend the growing season and increase productivity. Conference social events include a Friday session dedicated to the intergenerational transfer of farming knowledge, “Learning from Elders”, in addition to an annual organic wine tasting and auction, a dance and an awards banquet where Tilth Producers honors a Farmer and Advocate of the year. The weekend concludes with Tilth Producers annual meeting and board elections.

The conference is funded in part by USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant. For more information and to register please visit

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free ag business training from L+I, washington state


Free Agricultural Business Training

WHEN: Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:30am – 4:15pm

WHERE: Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way, SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

COST: FREE! Pre-registration highly recommended because this training will fill up. Email, Mail or Fax a copy of the attached registration form to:; MAIL: Dept. of Labor & Industries, Attn: Oscar Cerda, PO BOX 44400, Olympia, WA 98504-4400; FAX360-902-5292.

CONTACT: For all questions please contact Oscar Cerda at:

Do you have a business plan? Do you need to update your marketing plan? Want to learn more about common business issues faced by beginning or new farmers? Want to learn what you can do to control your company’s workers compensation premiums? Want to learn about farm insurance, or financing?

Then this Free training event is for you. All of the experts that can answer these questions have been brought together to bring you Agriculture Business Training. More than 20 different classes are available on everything from marketing your business to saving money on premiums and safety.

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pacific NW+alaska USDA grain prices

canola2USDA Announces Harvest Prices for 2013 Crop Year Small Grains and Canola Revenue Products

SPOKANE, Wash., September 5, 2013 — USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced approved harvest prices for the 2013 crop year for revenue protection insurance plans within the Common Crop Insurance Policy for wheat, barley, fall canola, and rapeseed in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Barley (Alaska) Spring TBD approx. 10/1/13
Barley Winter $4.31/bu.
Barley Spring $4.31/bu.
Canola Fall $0.220/lb.
Canola Spring TBD approx. 10/1/13
Rapeseed Fall $0.303/lb. (set equal to Projected Price)
Rapeseed Spring (set equal to Projected Price)
Wheat Winter $7.26/bu.
Wheat             Spring $7.26/bu.
Wheat (Alaska) Spring $7.33/bu.

Harvest prices for spring canola and Alaska barley will be announced in early October. Harvest prices for corn and soybeans will be announced in the next couple of months.

For producers who bought a 2013 crop year Revenue Protection or Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion policy, the harvest price is used to determine the calculated revenue. The harvest price is multiplied by the appraised and/or harvested production to determine the calculated revenue. The calculated revenue is subtracted from the final revenue guarantee to determine possible indemnities (insurance losses).

Producers should contact their insurance agent to learn more program details related to these price announcements.

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handmade soba

Sharing the art of noodle making: Sonoko Sakai’s Kneading Conference West workshop will lead participants through the step by step hands-on process that turns buckwheat into delicious Zaru Soba (cold buckwheat noodles served with a dipping sauce and garnishes).


Sonoko Sakai is a food writer, Japanese cooking instructor and noodle maker.

Her kitchen stories and recipes have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Saveur and Zester Daily. Sakai’s cookbook, The Poetical Pursuit of Food, Japanese Recipes for American Cooks (Potter) is about the season-to-season days spent in her grandmother’s kitchen in Japan. Sakai is founder of Common Grains, a cultural and educational project dedicated to providing people in the world with a deeper understanding and appreciation for Japanese food and culture.  One of Common Grains’ missions is to showcase the everyday importance of grains within a healthy lifestyle. Sakai is working to develop a community grain hub in Southern California with a grant from Anson Mills.  Sakai lives with her husband in Los Angeles.  Their son, Sakae and his wife Binah live in Seattle.

TO ENROLL email  First come, first served.
The 2013 Kneading Conference West schedule.
Register NOW!
Save your spot at the Kneading Conference West.
September 12-14, 2013
Washington State University Agriculture Research and Extension Center
Mount Vernon, Washington
Registration fee: $300.
Tuition includes all days, multiple workshops and lectures, and delicious meals from local farms and producers.
For more information:

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farm listening session with congresswoman delbene, washington

Join us for a Farm-Based Listening Session with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene!
Saturday, April 13th, 10 AM – 12:30 PM Local Roots Farm, Duvall

Share your thoughts on the Farm Bill and other federal policy issues that affect Washington farmers with our new House Agriculture Committee member, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. Join us as we show the Congresswoman around a successful, working, direct-market farm in her district and talk about key issues. Not familiar with policy issues and want to join us anyway? Don’t worry – the event will start with a briefing on key issues!

10:00 AM: Policy issue briefing and walk-through
11:00 AM: Congresswoman DelBene arrives, tour 12:00 PM: Question and answer period See this information on our policy blog

For more information or to RSVP, contact Ariana Taylor-Stanley: [], 206.660.8958 This event is a collaboration between Tilth Producers of Washington, the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group, and the Washington Young Farmers Coalition. Funding is provided by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Please support our work on the Tilth 2013 Policy platform.

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farmhand job on diversified farm on orcas island, WA

Job opening at Coffelt Farm !

The farmhand is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day tasks of caring for the farm.  S/he works closely with the Farm Manager and Garden manager.  This is an 8 month position. Contact James @ if interested.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping care for all livestock, including, sheep, chickens, beef, dairy cows, and hogs.
  • Assisting with harvest of livestock.
  • Helping to maintain facilities, equipment and tools.
  • Participating in on-site educational activities.
  • Participating in garden and orchard care.
  • Participating in marketing of farm products via farm stand and/or Farmer’s Market, CSA’s and restaurants.
  • Assisting with routine care of apiary.
  • Keeping a written daily log of activities.


  • Farm-related work experience.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of CFS
  • Positive attitude and willingness to work cooperatively and take direction.
  • Self-motivated, ability to perform physical labor in all types of weather.


  • Stipend  $450/month
  • Basic housing (trailer)
  • Produce, milk and eggs and some meals

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washington women in ag conference

womeninagwashingtonFebruary 23, 2013
Women in Agriculture
A conference to learn, network and share your knowledge about farming.
The 2013 Women in Agriculture Conference will broadcast engaging speakers to several locations throughout the state. This localized format of the conference is designed so women producers can benefit from a statewide conference while still meeting their on-farm duties at home.

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restaurant farming gig, lummi island, washington

lummi restaurantFarm Manager at Willows Restaurant and Inn on Lummi Island, WA

The Willows Restaurant and Inn is looking for a farm manager to oversee and direct intensive vegetable production for three Lummi Island restaurants. The farm is located on the West Shore of Lummi Island, well sited for sun, consists of high production raised beds and greenhouses. Farm Manager is independent and self-directed but must work closely with the chef and management staff to develop and implement an annual farm plan. The plan includes budget, record keeping, planting dates, crop varieties, succession planning. Additionally expectations are to manage and direct other farm help and kitchen staff in the harvest and distribution of produce.
Qualifications/Knowledge needed: Continue reading

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holistic management with allen savory

Young farmers in the area – scholarships are available! email

Holistic Management Keynote and Workshop Presented by Allan Savory of the Savory Institute
9 November 2012,
Town Hall Seattle, Seattle, WA

Are you ready to change the world?

Whether you take the big picture view or work as an individual from the bottom up, a holistic approach to decision-making in business and in your personal life can help change both the global world and your world.

Eating our Way to Healthy Planet: Can how we eat help reduce climate change?

Agriculture and livestock production are often named as major contributors to climate change and other environmental problems such as poor air quality, polluted water supplies and degraded land. There is truth in these accusations, but the blame needs to be focused on the way that the food is being produced; not the food itself. This realization can help consumers make decisions about buying and eating food that actually sustains our environment instead of hurting it.

Allan Savory will talk about how a holistic approach to food production can bring the land back to life, increasing the amount of carbon being sequestered in the soil. Allan will also discuss how consumer behavior can create market pulls that will result in large-scale changes in how food is produced, which in turn can greatly reduce the impacts of climate change. These decisions can make a difference in the health of our planet and the people who live on it.

Registration caps at 300 attendees

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more information HERE

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reminder: washington young farmers mixer

That’s right, the Washington Young Farmers Coalition is doing it again, and this year, we’re teaming up with Viva Farms and Happy Little Farm to present you with a better-than-ever, not-to-be-missed night of potluck and revelry, spit-roast and dancing with the Tuckborough Stringband, farm jokes and celebration. Help us wrap up the 2012 growing season in high farm style!

Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 5:00 PM
Happy Little Farm
18385 Torset Road, Conway, WA 98273 (Skagit County)

What to bring: friends, a potluck dish to share, your dancing shoes, and a tent if you plan to stay overnight.

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3rd annual washington young farmers mixer!

The Washington Young Farmers Coalitionis ever-so-pleased to announce:
Its 3rd Annual Washington Young Farmers Mixer!

That’s right, the Washington Young Farmers Coalition is doing it again, and this year, we’re teaming up with Viva Farms and Happy Little Farm to present you with a better-than-ever, not-to-be-missed
night of potluck and revelry, spit-roast and dancing with the Tuckborough Stringband, farm jokes and celebration.

Put it on your calendar now, and plan to help us wrap up the 2012 growing season in high farm style!

Monday, October 8th, 2012
5:00 PM
Happy Little Farm
18385 Torset Road
Conway, WA 98273 (Skagit County)

What to bring: friends, a potluck dish to share, your dancing shoes, and a tent if you plan to stay overnight.

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vineyard and home for sale, oroville, washington

Custom three level home, tasting cabin, and vineyards on 4 1/2 acres. Ten yr old Vines (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Cab Franc. Production 6 to 8 tons.

Three bay garage with two converted into wine storage. All equipment included (2 tractors, mowers, vineyard sprayer, weed sprayer, fertilizer spreader, and more including older Ford PU and trailers, (3) 1000 litre Stainless Tanks, (3) 500 litre Stainless Tanks, 20 American Oak Barrels. Owners are retiring.   For more information:


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