Farmer Education

2018 Farmers Roundtable Series

The Farmer Roundtable Series provides ongoing educational opportunities for local farmers to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and promote the viability of farming in our region. This set of discussions gives the local agricultural community the opportunity to share their experiences related to a given subject. In these workshops, we learn hands-on from Whatcom County farmers, land managers and other agricultural professionals in a field-based setting.

The 2018 Farmer Roundtable series is brought to you in collaboration with the Whatcom Conservation District as an extension of their popular Whatcom Farm Speaker Series.

For more education events check out Whatcom Conservation District Speaker Series

If you have any questions or issues registering for a workshop please email Jane at

Bees and Pollination: How to enhance bee habitat on your farm

Come check out a great example of farmer created pollinator habitat and learn more about bees from local expert, Timothy Lawrence.

Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5-7pm
Location: Squalicum Lake (address given upon registration)
Speakers: Timothy Lawrence (WSU) and Emily Hirsch (WCD)

Cover Crops: Managing nitrogen contribution and choosing varieties

The endless world of cover crops! Use this opportunity to share and learn with other local farmers about their cover crop successes and challenges. Conversation will be guided by WSU researcher, who will share about a current cover crop study happening.

Date:  May 14, 2018 5-7pm
Location: CMFC Lawrence Rd Farm: 5979 Lawrence Rd., Everson, WA 98247
Speakers: Chris Benedict (WSU)

Plant Pathogens: Identification and Diagnosis

Wondering what is going on with your crops? Demystify the world of plant pathogens with local expert, Jeff Dodson. Participants are encouraged to bring in a sample of an unidentified potential pathogen in their plants. Bring all samples in a zip lock bag so as not to spread diseases!

Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 5-7pm
Location:  Spring Time Farm
Speakers: Jeff Dodson

Growing Organic Leafy Greens for Market – CANCELED

Growing Organic Peaches for Market Farmers

This workshop is designed for farmers interested in learning more about the feasibility and profitability of adding peaches into their production plans. Program will take place in the orchard where we will walk through our 10 year variety and production trials.

Date:  Monday, July 16, 2018 5-7pm
Location: Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Speakers: Tom Thornton (CMFC)

Growing Organic High Tunnel Crops for Market

We will look at the strategies and practices used in production of tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and eggplant. Topics will include temporary tunnels, trellis construction, fertigation practices, disease management and harvest management. We will give information about how to apply for an NRCS grant for your own high tunnel.

Date:  Monday, August 13, 2018 5-7pm
Location: Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Speakers: Matthew McDermott (CMFC)  NRCS Staff

Great Grazers: Holistic Pasture Management at Edelweiss Dairy

Join us for a pasture walk on an Organic dairy farm in Everson. Hear from the farmer about pasture management strategies. Learn about how Organic Valley Cooperative and the Whatcom Conservation District work with farmers to promote ecological grazing practices that affect the quality of your dairy products.

Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018 4-7pm
Location: Edelweiss Dairy Farm
Speakers: Hans Wolfisburg (Edelweiss Dairy), Kristin Haider (Whatcom Conservation District) and Jake Schmitz (Organic Valley Cooperative)

Growing Organic Seedless grapes for Market Farmers

With new varieties on the market and a proper trellis table grapes can be a very strong addition to the Market Farmer’s product offerings. We grow grapes in and outside of tunnels to help spread the season. Trellis systems, vine management and cultural practices are among the topics discussed.

Date: Monday September 17, 2018 4:30-6:30pm
Location: Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Speakers: Tom Thornton (CMFC)

Farm Grant Opportunities and Proposal Writing

Whatcom Conservation District and Cloud Mountain Farm center are organizing a networking and sharing event on Oct 18 as part of the Whatcom Farm Speaker Series. The purpose is to bring everyone together that is working to enhance agriculture in Whatcom county to share information on local grant/funding programs and provide networking opportunities for local farmers.

Date:  October 18, 2018 6-8pm
Location: Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden
Speakers:  Aneka Sweeney (WCD), NRCS and more

The nursery will reopen for 2019 on Feb. 1st. We will begin shipping mid-February. Dismiss

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