WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center

Events Calendar


2016 | 2015

2016 Events Calendar


Date/Time   Event/Location and Contact Information
January    
January 21  

Perspectives in Agriculture, panel discussion on the past, present, and future of farming in western Washington, WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center Sakuma Auditorium, 7:30 PM. Hosted by WSU Graduate Students.  Panelists: Ellen Gray, Executive Director of WSFFN, John Wraspir, WSDA Plant Inspection Supervisor Anne Schwartz, Blue Heron Farm Julia Riske, WSDA Organic Inspector.

Flyer: English  |  Spanish

February  

March  

March 5
9:00am - 3:30pm
 

Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation Winter Field Day.  The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) presents its Winter Field Day at the Washington State University Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU-NWREC), 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273. Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, this year’s event will include presentations on Historic Orchard Preservation and Orchard Stabilization Assessment by Susan Dolan, of the National Park Service. The theme of this year’s event is “Cherries”, and there will be speakers on Cherry UFO, Mummy Berry, a panel discussion of the best cherry varieties for the Pacific Northwest, and more. Free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $15 Individual or $30 Family (Parents with non-adult children only). Registration begins at 8:30 am. Please see the event website for more information.

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May  

June  

WSU CSANR: Anaerobic Digestion Systems Field Day
June 9, Lynden, WA Bus Transportation Provided

July  

July 7   WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center Field Day.
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2015 Events Calendar


Date/Time   Event/Location and Contact Information
January 8 – March 26   Small Farm and Local food Business Planning Course, Thursdays from 6 to 9pm
For more information contact Don McMoran
email: dmcmoran@wsu.edu
January 8   Island County Beach Watchers Meeting, 10:00am to 2:00pm
January 13   Septics 201, 2 to 4:00pm
For more information
January 28   WA Farm Bureau Safety Workshop, 8:30am to 12:00pm
For more information
January 20   Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers Workshop
8:30am-4:00pm
More info
January 31   Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winter School
Stanwood High School. More than 185 workshops and classes in skills from cheesemaking and beekeeping to agribusiness, landscape design, and small-scale solar power. Keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin.
More Info
February 20   Grafting Vegetables Hands-On Workshop
9am-12pm
Led by Dr. Carol A. Miles and Patti Kreider. Learn how to use the splice-graft technique to graft tomato and watermelon successfully. Register Here
More Info
February 16   WSU Mount Vernon Variety Testing Reports, 8-10am
For more information
February 17-19   Cheese Making Short Course with WSU Creamery, 8am-4pm
For more information
February 21   Women in Agriculture Workshop, 8am-5pm
For more information
February 27   Western WA Potato Workshop, 8am-6pm
For more information
March 7   Western WA Fruit Research Foundation Winter Field Day,
8:30am-3:30pm
Hosted in cooperation with WSU-NWREC, this year’s event will include presentations on Historic Orchard Preservation and Orchard Stabilization Assessment; Spotted Wing Drosophila control and the status of the brown marmorated stink bug; managing rabbits, hares, and voles in the orchard; and a panel discussion of the best antique apples for the Pacific Northwest. There will also be grafting and mason bee workshops and several pruning demonstrations (stone fruit, renovation, and bush fruit). Rootstock, scion wood, and grafting services will be available for sale. Tours of our six acre Fruit Display Garden, containing the one of the largest and most varied collections of antique apple trees in Western Washington, will be provided. Free to members of WWFRF; Non-members: $15 Individual or $30 Family (Parents with non-adult children only). http://www.nwfruit.org/
March 17   Know & Grow Workshop: Right Plant, Right Place, 1-2:30pm
http://ext100.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/upcoming-events/
March 24   Washington Farm Bureau Leadership Training, 8am-3pm
April 14   Know & Grow Workshop: Blackberries and Less Common Small Fruits, 1-2:30pm
http://ext100.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/upcoming-events/
April 14 - May 14   Farm Machinery Safety Workshop,
Tuesday and Thursday,
6-8pm, April 14-May 14
Located at the Skagit County Extension Office,
11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington 98233

Farm Safety Flyer (English)
Farm Safety Flyer (Spanish)
May 12   Know and Grow Workshop:
Organic Practices for the Home Gardener, 1-2:30pm
May 19   Farm-to-School Training for School Food Service Directors,
1:30-4:30pm See Flyer
June 25   Small Grains Field Day, 3pm -
Join us to tour our research fields and to discuss the production of small grains such as wheat, oats, rye and barley in Western Washington for food, feed and malt.
May 26   Elm Tree Planting Ceremony, 11am
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July 9   WSU Mount Vernon Field Day
3:30pm
July 29   Brown Bag Seminar: “Fungal Culprits in Rotted Cranberries in Washington and British Columbia - the First Two Years,” presented by Dr. Frank Caruso. All seminars begin at 12:00pm and are held in the Sakuma Auditorium. You are welcome to bring your lunch.
August 20 - 22   The Grain Gathering (conference)
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October 16   Brown Bag Seminar – Mr. Shuresh Ghimire, graduate student in Dr. Miles’ vegetable horticulture program studying biodegradable mulches. Brown Bag Seminars at WSU-Mount Vernon are structured as an informal seminar series that start at noon in the Sakuma Auditorium. Presentations generally last 30-45 minutes in duration and listeners are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while the speaker presents.
October 22   Brown Bag Seminar – Dr. Meijun Zhu, Assistant Professor in WSU’s School of Food Science. Brown Bag Seminars at WSU-Mount Vernon are structured as an informal seminar series that start at noon in the Sakuma Auditorium. Presentations generally last 30-45 minutes in duration and listeners are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while the speaker presents.
October 27   Product Development for Value-Added Foods Short Course. Time: 9 am – 4 pm, WSU Clark County Heritage Farm, 1919 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665. Cost: $95 per person. This course is geared to small scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products. This workshop will provide the region’s small scale prepared food producers with up-to-date information and technical knowledge of the food product development process for the specialty food industry and how to bring such products to market – targeted to start-up entrepreneurs and food product developers. Participants will be guided through the various steps from concept development to the market, with an emphasis on factors to consider for scaling up the product from the kitchen to commercial production. Speakers will provide examples to illustrate the steps and end goal. In addition to the aspects of product development, the course will cover product cost calculations, with real-world business examples. Presenters: Dr. Girish Ganjyal, WSU Extension Food Processing Specialist and Fred Berman, Consultant (formerly with WSDA, NABC).

For more information view the flyer. To register online, please visit their website. For assistance with registration, please contact Cathy Blood, blood@wsu.edu or 509-335-2845.
October 28   Product Development for Value-Added Foods Short Course. Time: 9 am – 4 pm, WSU Mt. Vernon. Room: Medium Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-4768. Cost: $95 per person. This course is geared to small scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products. This workshop will provide the region’s small scale prepared food producers with up-to-date information and technical knowledge of the food product development process for the specialty food industry and how to bring such products to market – targeted to start-up entrepreneurs and food product developers. Participants will be guided through the various steps from concept development to the market, with an emphasis on factors to consider for scaling up the product from the kitchen to commercial production. Speakers will provide examples to illustrate the steps and end goal. In addition to the aspects of product development, the course will cover product cost calculations, with real-world business examples. Presenters: Dr. Girish Ganjyal, WSU Extension Food Processing Specialist and Fred Berman, Consultant (formerly with WSDA, NABC).

For more information view the flyer. To register online, please visit their website. For assistance with registration, please contact Cathy Blood, blood@wsu.edu or 509-335-2845.
November 18   Brown Bag Seminar – Dr. Dalphy Harteveld, Postdoc in Dr. Peever’s Small Fruit Pathology program. Brown Bag Seminars at WSU-Mount Vernon are structured as an informal seminar series that start at noon in the Sakuma Auditorium. Presentations generally last 30-45 minutes in duration and listeners are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while the speaker presents.
December 7   Brown Bag Seminar – Dr. Lynell Tanigoshi, Professor in WSU’s Department of Entomology. Brown Bag Seminars at WSU-Mount Vernon are structured as an informal seminar series that start at noon in the Sakuma Auditorium. Presentations generally last 30-45 minutes in duration and listeners are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while the speaker presents.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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