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Small Acreage Expo 2016
78th Street Heritage Farm
Vancouver, WA
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Small Acreage Expo 2016
The 11th Annual Small Acreage Expo is a fun, valuable, and informative event which offers participants a choice of different classes (see choices below, coming soon) on topics small acreage residents want to know about.  Learn about important topics that will help you manage your land, get to know local resources, meet other small acreage landowners and have a great time at the 78th Street Heritage Farm!  

An open house during the lunch hour will allow participants to meet and learn more about local agencies that serve the public as well as ask questions to local vendors participating in the event.  

Pre-registration is $15 and runs until noon on Friday, April 1.  Late registration price is $25 and can be paid on arrival.  Sandwich lunch boxes will be included in with admission.  

The Small Acreage Expo is co-sponsored by the WSU Clark County Extension and Clark County Environmental Services.

View session topics below, on the program or at our Facebook page www.facebook.com/smallacreageprogram

Session A (9am-10:15am):

A1 - Farm to Fermentation
Karen Puyleart, Purely Primal blogger
Fermented foods rich in probiotics provide support to our gut microbiome.  Learn how easy and cost effective it is to use local produce to make delicious lactofermented vegetables, including sauerkraut.  Karen will also demonstrate how to make Kombucha tea.

A2 - The Best of PNW Native Plants
Andrew Fraser, Clark CPU AmeriCorps
Want to replant with natives and impress your family on your next hike?  Andrew will share some favorite native plants for different purposes including, fruit bearing, attracting wildlife, riparian planting, and flowering for pollinators.  

A3 - Learn to Love Your Clay!
Gordon French, LJC Feeds
Do you have clay soils?  Learn about the benefits of clay and how to build your soil tilth.  Gordon will discuss adding organic matter, and timing, rates, and application methods for lime and fertilizers for pastures and gardens in our area.  

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Session B (10:30am-11:45am):

B1 - Living On A Stream
Anitra Gorham, NRCS
Do you have a stream on your property?  Implementing your goals may take some thoughtful planning.  Anitra will discuss best management practices that facilitate a productive property while protecting our clean water and natural resources.

B2 - Septic Inspection Certification
Sean Hawes, Clark County Public Health
Learn how to correctly inspect your home septic system to keep your investment working properly.  At the conclusion of this presentation, take the Public Health Operations & Management test to become certified to do your own septic inspections (gravity fed only).

B3 - Weed'em and Reap
Mike Monfort, Clark County Vegetation Management
Are you losing ground in the fight against weeds?  Learn to identify and control weeds that don't belong on your property and may harm your animals.  Mike will discuss how to create a strategic plan to control noxious, invasive, and poisonous plants.  

B4 - Gearing Up for Goats
Amy Blankenship, Clark County Goat Association
Thinking about getting goats?  Amy will discuss important considerations that will lead to goat keeping success.  Participants will learn about breed selection, housing and space needs, fencing and stocking rates.

Session C (12:45pm-2:00pm):

C1 - Garden Soil Testing and Plant Nutrition
Martha Minnich, Master Gardener
When, why and how to test soils for your vegetable garden?  Martha will discuss plant nutrient needs, soil sampling and interpretation, and guidelines for adding the right amount of fertilizers and organic soil amendments.  Participants are encouraged to bring their soil test results.

C2 - Spring-Up Your Pasture
Gene Pirelli, OSU Extension
Maximizing pasture production requires a strategic approach for each season.  Gene will discuss key principles for seasonal pasture management beginning with spring.  Fertilization, seasonal growth, and constraints will be discussed.

C3 - Mobile Poultry Processing (two session C & D)
Denise Smee, Clark Conservation District & Larry Giberson, Giberson's Plush Poultry
Interested in raising your own meat birds?  Denise and Larry will lead this hands-on demonstration of how to use the Clark Conservation Districts Mobile Poultry Processing Unit.  Participants will observe and help process live birds.

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Session D (2:15pm-3:30):

D1 - Raising Pigs for Small Farms
Gene Pirelli, OSU Extension
Ever considered adding pork to your farm products?  Gene will discuss breeds, and swine health, nutrition, and basic husbandry for small producers.  

D2 - DIY Rain Barrels
Rob Bacon, Master Gardener
Make and take home your own rain barrel in this hands-on class!  Rob will lead participants through the process of assembling a home rain barrel as well as discuss home installation.  Additional $15 fee for participants wanting to take a rain barrel home (partial cost of materials). Pay at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2516137

D3 - Composting with Worms
Joan Veach, Master Composter/Recycler
Don't let those food scraps and other organic materials go to waste!  Learn how you can use worms to create nutrient rich garden fertilizer while reducing your waste footprint.  Participants will learn how to build vermicompost bins and care for these hard working worms!

D4 - Mobile Poultry Processing (two session C & D)
Denise Smee, Clark Conservation District & Larry Giberson, Giberson's Plush Poultry
Interested in raising your own meat birds?  Denise and Larry will lead this hands-on demonstration of how to use the Clark Conservation Districts Mobile Poultry Processing Unit.  Participants will observe and help process live birds.

WSU Extension events are open to all without discrimination.  If you require additional assistance, please contact us at least 10 days prior to the event.

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78th Street Heritage Farm (View)
1919 NE 78th Street
Vancouver, WA 98665
United States


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Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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