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Cultivating Success

Core Courses and Current Offerings

Cloud Mountain Photo 1Cultivating Success™ courses are available throughout Washington State. Courses are open to farmers and community members and may be taken individually or in a series. Washington State University offers Continuing Education Units, which are nationally-recognized units of achievement, to students who complete a core course or an on-farm internship.

Please note that these are not traditional academic courses. Students interested in pursuing a formal degree in agriculture should visit the webpage for WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.  

Scroll down for current course offerings. Note that course locations and offerings vary term to term. For a map of all WSU Extension locations, visit: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/locations/. If you would like to see a course offered in your area, please contact info@cultivatingsuccess.org.

 

Core Course Descriptions

Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching: This course has students taking a realistic look at their goals and resources, and helps them evaluate what type of small acreage enterprise is right for them.  Students are exposed to all types of farming and ranching systems, guest farmers speak to the class, and field trips are taken to local farms. Students complete a whole farm plan.

Equipment field tourAgricultural Entrepreneurship: This in-depth business planning course covers evaluating resources, planning and research, legal and management issues, marketing strategies, budgets and financial statements and cultivating money resources.  Participants produce a completed business plan by completion of course.  Farmers and small business resource providers serve as guest speakers, bringing real world experience to the class. Students complete a business plan that they can take to the bank.

On-Farm Internship: A traditional internship where interns work directly with a Cultivating Success Farmer Mentor to gain hands-on experience. Interns learn about many aspects of the farm operation which may include crop management, livestock husbandry, and marketing. Internships take place during the farming/ranching season on a given farm. Visit our Farmer Mentor page for more information.

 

Current Course Offerings

 

King County

Course: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

Dates: Monday evenings 5:30-8:30 PM, January 9 through March 20, 2017

Location: Simulcast between Carnation Farm’s Alpine Room, 28901 NE Carnation Farm Road, Carnation, WA 98014 &ECC Gray Wolf Hall, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA 98201

Primary Contact: Kate Ryan or Holly Small

Website: http://extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/event/ag-ent/

 

Quillisascut Farm School

Course: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching

Location: Quillisascut Farm School, 2409 Pleasant Valley Road, Rice, WA 99167

Primary Contact: Lora Lea Misterly ,  (509) 738-2011

Website: http://quillisascut.com/workshops/intro-to-farming/

 

Skagit County

Course: Agricultural Entrepreneurship and Business Planning

Dates: Thursday evenings 6-9 PM, January 5th – March 16th, 2017

Location: WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington, WA 98233

Primary Contact: Kate Smith, 360- 428-4270- ext 223

Website: http://extension.wsu.edu/skagit/agriculture/cultivating-success/

 

Course: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching (Spanish translation offered)

Dates: Thursday evenings 6-9 PM, September 21 through December 7, 2017

Location: WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington, WA 98233

Primary Contact: Kate Smith, 360- 428-4270- ext 223

Website: http://extension.wsu.edu/skagit/agriculture/cultivating-success/

 

Spokane County

Course: Cultivating Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching

Dates: Tuesdays,  April 4-June 13, 2017, 6-9pm

Location: Spokane Community College

Contact: Pat Munts;  509 477 2173

Website: http://extension.wsu.edu/spokane/

 

Thurston County

Course: Sustainable Small Farming and Ranching

Dates: Wednesday evenings: 6-8:30 PM, January 11th – March 22nd

Location: WSU Thurston County Extension Office

Primary Contact: Stephen Bramwell

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