Summer Harvest Day - Sunday Early August, Date to be Announced!
Come join us for this open farm event and learn about the many programs at Whatcom County's own nonprofit education farm center. Explore the farm and orchards. Taste freshly picked fruit and vegetables. Experience the rain garden propagation demos. Learn about the farm intern program, crop research trials, the value of Integrated Pest Management and about local beekeeping and honey. Create a picnic with fresh produce from the farm stand and Gusto Pizza. Enjoy summer's bounty!
|Cloud Mountain Farm Center is hosting a speaker series this winter and spring designed for local farmers. Experts on a variety of subjects will provide presentations and question and answer sessions to help inform farmers on topics of interest and importance. These donation-based sessions will be hosted at Cloud Mountain beginning February 19th and offered once a month through June.
May 7th 2:00pm – 5:00pm
On Farm Compost
Andy Bary, Washington State University Department of Crop and Soil Sciences teacher
On-farm compost production offers farmers an opportunity to create a high quality soil amendment out of local wastes, and reduce farm input costs with a low level of labor. To ensure farmers have access to current technology and understand how to create effective compost systems, Chris Henderson of Small Acres and Cloud Mountain Farm Center will host Andy Bary for this 3-hour interactive discussion. There will be working compost piles on site with easy to replicate aeration systems for attendees to view.
The 3-hour interactive course is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of those interested in on-site compost production. In addition, it will be an excellent refresher for experienced farmers looking to increase the speed of composting operations and quality of their finished compost.
Session is free, donations welcome.
May 14th 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Benefits and Methods of Conservation and How Your Local Conservation District Can Help
Aneka Sweeney, M.Ed. Education & Outreach Coordinator, Whatcom Conservation District
Aneka Sweeney from the Whatcom Conservation District will share the history and mission of Conservation Districts as well as how your local Conservation District can provide technical, educational and financial support to your small acreage or large acreage farm. She will also explore common best practices for soil health, water conservation and retaining the ecosystem services of your land.
Session is free, donations welcome
June 18th 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Pollinators and Beneficial Attractants
Eric Mader, Xerces Society and Jim Myer, Cascadian Home Farm
Annual Fall Fruit Festival October 3rd & 4th
An annual event for over two decades, we have over 200 varieties of fruit and fruit products to taste and enjoy. Live music provides background, and Julia's Pumpkin Patch is open for u-pick or we-pick pumpkins and gourds. Admission fee goes to support educational programs at Cloud Mountain Farm Center.
$3.50/person, $9 carload