Whatcom County Small Farm Expo – March 9th 2019!

The 2019 Small Farm Expo will be held on Saturday March 9 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. This is a FREE open house event and will include indoor exhibits demonstrating the latest in agricultural technology, products and services, as well as seminars and demonstrations throughout the day.

Designed to be an informal meet-and-greet and networking event, visitors will find opportunities to engage with exhibitors, experts, veterinarians, and other producers, as well as discover new resources to help improve and expand healthy agricultural and livestock production.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Thistlethwaite
Rebecca Thistlethwaite is the author of Farms with a Future (Chelsea Green, 2012) and The New Livestock Farmer (Chelsea Green, 2015). As the Program Manager of the eXtension community-of-practice Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN), she develops and delivers technical assistance and educational content for niche meat producers and processors around the country. She also runs Sustain Consulting, which specializes in building thriving farming and food businesses and is a freelance writer, writing for LocalHarvest, On Pasture, and other newsletters. Formerly, Rebecca ran a successful pastured livestock and poultry farm in California, direct marketing meat and eggs around the Bay Area. She currently lives in the Columbia River Gorge with her two children and trail runs whenever she is not volunteering for local schools. Her website is rebeccathistlethwaite.com.

Learning Opportunities: Come for one or all the talks
9:30 am – Optimize your pasture management; talk nutrients and forage growth with a local agronomist Learn how to work with an agronomist to optimize your pasture management and forage production. [Steve Groen & Molly Pershing, Skagit Farmers Supply]

10:00am – Competition or Co-opetition; How local farms are cooperating to provide opportunity for all Hear from a panel of farming peers and regional marketing specialists about innovative farmer owned cooperatives and other collaborative marketing strategies. [Jeff Voltz (Northwest Agriculture Business Center) Anna Chotzen (Viva Farms), Nancy Hibbing (North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative), Cat Olson (Puget Sound Food Hub)

11:00 am – What’s Buzzing; Mason bees and honey bees on your farm Everything you wanted to know in 20 minutes and where to learn more about these two different pollinators. [Wild Bird Chalet and Bee Works]

11:30 am – Farm Funding Opportunities; Grants, incentives and costshare Funding your goals can be one of the trickier parts of growing your farm. Whatcom Conservation District will share information on small farm costshare and incentives, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and other resources.

12:00 pm – Meat the Future; Successful models in animal agriculture Successful models and key best practices for deriving the most benefits from animal agriculture. Production practices, process, aggregating and selling animal products with a focus on pasture-based and regenerative models. [Rebecca Thistlethwaite]

1:00 pm – Farms to Tables; marketing and sales from the perspective of direct market farmers A panel of Whatcom County direct market farmers will share how they run their businesses based on direct to consumer marketing and sales. [Ten Fold Farms, Twin Sisters, City Sprouts Farm]

1:30 pm – Vet’s Corner; working with a large animal vet to improve herd health

The event also offers an opportunity for vendors, manufacturers and exhibitors from across the farming industry to showcase their agri-business products. Participants will be given the chance to connect with supporting organizations, learn about the latest news affecting producers, ask and answer questions, and network with other farmers who share their concerns and desire to be successful.

Our Place Cafe, will have hot and fresh food will be available for purchase with cash throughout the day. Teens for Christ will have their coffee stand open all day also.

Hosted by Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom County Public Works, the event is free and open to the public.

Keep up to date on the Expo by following the Facebook Event.

For more information on the event, contact Corina Cheever, ccheever@whatcomcd.org.

Thanks to our 2019 Small Farm Expo sponsors! KAFE Radio, Grow Northwest, Scratch & Peck Feeds, Wild Bird Chalet, Coastal Realty, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Country Financial Barkley, Whatcom Family Farmers, and Kulshan Veterinary Hospital.

NW Washington Fairgrounds
1775 Front St, Lynden, WA 98264
(There will be signs on Front St)
Enter at Gate 2
Haggen Expo Building (map of the grounds)

Confirmed exhibitors currently include:
Aldergrove Dairy Goats & All Breeds Goats Club
Alluvial Farms
Aussie Fencing
Back Country Horsemen
Brim Tractor
Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Coastal Realty
Country Financial, Barkley
Ecotech Solar
Friends of Sunset Farm Park
Grow Northwest
Kulshan Veterinary Hospital
Lynden Farmers Market & Ten Fold Farm
Matheson Farms LLC
Mt. Baker Bee Keepers
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Northwest Agriculture Business Center
Northwest Shearing
Northwest Tractor Services
Northwest Horse Source
Osborne Seed Company
Puget Sound Energy
Rabble and Roost Farm
Scratch and Peck Feeds
Skagit Animals in Need
Skagit Conservation District
Skagit Farmers Supply
Sound Horsekeeping
Stewardship Partners
Sustainable Connections
Ten Mile Project
Twin Sisters Farmers Market
WA Dept. of Ecology
Whatcom County Cattlemen
Whatcom County Farm Bureau
Whatcom County Health Department
Whatcom County Library System
Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board
Whatcom County Planning & Development Services
Whatcom County Public Works
Whatcom Family Farmers
Whatcom Wildlife Management
Wild Bird Chalet
Windermere Equestrian Living
Winter’s Comin’ book
WSDA Produce Safety
WSDA State vet
WSU Whatcom Extension

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