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Whole Farm Production Planning   NEW!

Whole Farm Production Planning will provide practical information about ecologically-based, diversified production systems, and alternative marketing techniques. Developing a “whole farm” plan means studying all aspects of the production system from soil fertility to crops, livestock, pest management, resource planning, family planning, sustainability concepts, equipment and other topics. Students will gain knowledge of the practical aspects of sustainable agriculture for a wide variety of enterprises. The course involves guest lectures from local farmers, field trips, as well as classroom instruction. Students will develop a whole farm plan during the class.

Partners may enroll for $50. Call our registration line at 360-709-2020 to enroll as an additional person. Please have your full-pay partner information ready so our registration team can verify their enrollment.

For more information about this class, please visit WSU Thurston County Extension website or call Stephen Bramwell at 360-790-9308.

Meet the Instructors

Stephen Bramwell is the Thurston County Extension Director and county agriculture extension agent. He graduated from Washington State University with an MS Soil Science. His areas of work include soil fertility, market development for local agriculture, new farmer training, and on-farm conservation. Stephen has worked in agriculture, horticulture and environmental science at WSU, The Evergreen State College, Centralia College and South Puget Sound Community College. Prior to attending WSU, Stephen earned a degree in International Studies from the University of Washington and farmed for several years on diversified vegetable and livestock operations. Stephen has lived in Thurston County since 2009 with his wife and 6-year old daughter, where they grow a large garden and keep a small flock of laying hens.

Beth Leimbach has been working on and managing organic farms for the past 26 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Farm Manager at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, where she received her degree in Organic Agriculture. She has managed organic farms for non-profit organizations, such as GRuB (Garden Raised Bounty) and Left Foot Organics; developed a garden for the Nisqually Tribe; and worked on for-profit farms. A graduate of the Enterprise For Equity Small Business Training Program, she operates her own gardening and farm consultation business. She enjoys helping others develop their farm business through teaching Cultivating Success.


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