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  1. Calendar Overlay Farm Workshops & Events (4)
  2. Calendar Overlay General Events (1)
  3. Calendar Overlay Habitat Improvement Workshops & Events (1)
  4. Calendar Overlay Harvest Pierce County (1)
  5. Calendar Overlay Meetings (1)
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Farm Workshops & Events

  1. The Difference a Good Liming and Calcium Nutrition Program Can Make - Key Peninsula

    September 20, 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Gudrun Mart of Columbia River Carbonates will walk through developing a liming program for your farm to boost productivity and improve your bottom line. Better and more predictable results can be achieved by knowing the right material, right amount, right place and right time when it comes to liming. Gudrun will illustrate her recommendations with examples of studies, observed crop and pasture responses and experiences from her years advising farmers. There will be an opportunity to test pH yourself. Bring soil samples from your land for instant testing and go home with a better understanding of what you can do to make a difference in land stewardship through pH management. RSVP for location. RSVP for location.

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  2. Know What’s Under Your Hooves: How to be a better manager of your pastures and livestock from the ground up

    September 26, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Conservation Center

    This workshop will focus on managing your soils for better forage production and animal health. Learn how to find out what soil types are on your property to inform grazing and fertilizer timing, grass species selection, and more. Learn how and when to take a soil test as well as interpret the results. Retired Natural Resources Conservation Services Soil Scientist Chuck Natsuhara will be on hand to help give you tools to better understand the ground beneath your feet. Local Farmer, Larry Bailey, will add his experience of implementing nutrient management practices on his farm in Orting.

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  3. Renewable Energy on Your Farm or Small Business - Key Peninsula

    September 26, 2018, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Are you interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to help save your business money, or reduce your environmental impact, but have been turned off by the starting costs? There are opportunities for grant writing assistance, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing support available to help farmers and rural small businesses purchase new energy-efficient equipment or install small-scale renewable energy systems. The Washington Conservation Commission and Spark Northwest are running a workshop in Pierce County illustrating how grants like the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) can help pay to get your energy conservation ideas off the ground. RSVP for location.

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  4. Horse Farm Tour and Manure Spreader Demonstration

    September 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Get inspired to get your farm ready for winter by visiting this 5-acre, well-managed horse farm. In the four years since David and Elizabeth have owned the property, they have built a paddock adjacent to the barn in which to keep their two horses in the winter and during droughty times in the summer to ensure that their pastures stay healthy and productive. They installed 5/8 minus gravel footing material in the paddocks to prevent mud. They have divided the pastures into several smaller areas to facilitate rotational grazing, which will allow the grass to rest and re-grow. The manure that is removed from the stalls and paddocks is placed in a tarp covered pile to compost it and turn it into a valuable soil amendment that they spread back onto the pastures in the fall. They will be demonstrating this at the workshop, so come learn how easy it is to use the District’s rental manure spreader and learn what you can do to improve your own farm.

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General Events

  1. Pierce Conservation District at the State Fair

    September 12, 2018, 10:00 AM - September 23, 2018, 6:00 PM @ Washington State Fairgrounds, the Northwest Outdoors Building

    Want to chat? Come and visit us at the the fair and learn about what we're up to this fall!

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Habitat Improvement Workshops & Events

  1. Dropstone Farm Planting Party

    September 29, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Dropstone Farm

    Nestled in the river valley near Orting, Dropstone Farm has fenced off a long stream corridor from their field and livestock operations. A tributary to the Carbon River, this section of stream bank is lacking in native vegetation to keep water temperatures cool and invasive reed canary grass at bay. Planting event is co-sponsored by PCC Farmland Trust, who helped protect this valuable agricultural land into perpetuity.

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Harvest Pierce County

  1. Fruit Tree Education Series: Espalier

    September 22, 2018, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM @ The Farm at Franklin Pierce School District

    Learn about espalier, a term for a fruit whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall, supported on a lattice, or a framework of stakes.

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Meetings

  1. Monthly Board of Supervisors Meeting

    September 19, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Puyallup Office

    Our monthly Board of Supervisors meeting to update work accomplished and future plans. Open to the public.

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Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Ft. Steilacoom Park Work Party

    September 22, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Ft. Steilacoom Park

    Our park is a wonderful place. Volunteers are working each month to make it even better! Can you join us?

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