Support KCAA During This Years Kitsap Great Give!

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from Midnight to 11:59pm, the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA) is participating in the Kitsap Great Give. We invite you to take part in Kitsap County’s greatest nonprofit fundraising event and support KCAA!

KCAA great give fbHow your donation works: 

Your donation on May 3rd will help KCAA further our mission of providing education, resources, and advocacy for local agriculture on the Kitsap Peninsula. Donated funds will go directly to help support our scholarship program and Kitsap Grown campaign.

How you can give on May 3rd:


Step 1: For 24 hours on May 3, you can review the profiles of 200 local nonprofit organizations on the Kitsap Great Give website (
Step 2: Navigate to the KCAA profile page to donate

Step 3: Donate! You can donate any amount that suits you. Every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched by the event sponsors. This means the nonprofits you donate to will actually get more money than you donate – Your $100 donation could become $120 or more!

Please also consider joining us that evening from 6pm – 8pm at The Slippery Pig Brewery (18801 Front St NE, Poulsbo) where we will be celebrating and connecting with KCAA supporters.  $1 of each pint sale will go to the KCAA during the 6-8pm event, so don’t miss out!

As a supporter of local food and agriculture here in Kitsap we encourage you to donate to the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance during this years Kitsap Great Give on May 3rd. Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions about this event or KCAA.

Local Business Profile – Tractor Supply Company

tractor supply compnayInterview between Scott Hall, KCAA board member/farmer and Zack Heurig of Tractor Supply Company

Tractor Supply Company, also known as TSC, is a major store chain with over 1,450 stores in 49 states.

TSC strives to serve the recreational farmer and others with non-commercial farm/ranch needs. TSC understands most of these type customers are avid do-it-yourselfers, so they want to make the most commonly needed types of recreational level farm/ranch supplies available in the outskirts of larger metropolitan areas.

Recently, I spoke with Zack Heuring at the Port Orchard store location.

Scott: Does TSC have dedicated store brands of some of the items they carry?
Zack: Yes, our store brands include Du Mor feeds, and Producers Pride livestock feeds, 4 Health dog/cat foods, Royal Wing wild bird/squirrel foods, County Line tractor implements and accessories, Red Stone heating supplies, Groundworks garden supplies, Traveler equipment lubricants and chemicals, and C.E. Schmidt clothing line.”

Scott: Do you have a catalog/online division where customers can get your products not physically available in the store?
Zack: Yes, our website has items you can purchase that may not be available through the store” The website has an option for free UPS shipping to the store nearest you for pick up at the store location.

Scott: At this store, what have you found to be your best selling types of products? Zack: Livestock and pet supplies.

Scott: Considering you are a chain of stores, will there always be a broad selection of the types of items found on the website in this store, even if some things like tractor parts and hardware don’t have frequent sales?
Zack: Yes, we want to make sure some of those more specialized items are available in the store, even if we don’t necessarily sell them too frequently.

Scott: Does TSC, or this store offer any type of rewards/discount/customer loyalty program to their customers?
Zack: no, not at this time.

I took a long look, maybe an hour, up and down the various aisles in the store. What I found is they seem to deliver on their objective to have a wide assortment of those supplies and supplies and equipment most generally needed on a recreational type farm of ranch. You never know when you will need a couple fencing panels, a set of points for your trusty 8N Ford tractor, some bar and chain oil for your chainsaw, some bulk corn seed, and a package of castrating bands for those little bull calves all in one trip to the store. Seems like TSC has you covered.

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Local Producer Profile – Karen Olson, Blackjack Valley Farm

Karen Olson of Blackjack Valley Farm in Port Orchard is nothing if not an energizer bunny. Over the last 6 1/2 years she has transformed her little patch of heaven in Port Orchard into the go-to place for farm-raised beef, pork, and poultry, on top of the constant flow of raw milk and high quality eggs she supplies. So it was no big surprise when Karen was named KCAA’s Farmer of the Year for 2015. Except to her. “I was surprised since I don’t participate in many community farming groups. It was nice to know people realized and acknowledged how hard I work.”

“She is extremely energetic and tough to keep up with,” says Doug Millard, KCAA board member. “Karen is deeply dedicated and concerned about her animals and her farming. She is all for local production of farm protein products and has the best farm store I have visited.”

Karen traces her love of agriculture to her childhood. “My father was in the Navy, having grown up in Philadelphia, and he was stationed at PSNS in 1967. He decided he wanted to raise my sister and me here, not in the city. So he bought some property and we learned about farming as a family.”

An indication of Karen’s support of local farming is her current effort to develop a USDA/Custom Exempt Slaughterhouse and Processing Facility here in Port Orchard.  “I’m hoping to create a 3,600 sq. feet facility, located in Port Orchard, ” she explains. “We’re currently in permitting, and I have the deposit down on a steel building.” She plans to also offer transport services of livestock for those who cannot haul to site, and says the site will also have a retail front to market local meats and other seasonal products.

Karen says that two major roadblocks are financing and lack of local community (farmer) support. But she is applying for several USDA grants to get things rolling. And she sees herself completing the circle that her childhood began. “We have a lot of families in Kitsap County. Many that come for a short period of time with the military. I think it is great to provide those kids with farm fresh foods and visits to a farm.”

For more information on Karen’s efforts and to help fund this project please visit:

KCAA 2016 Annual Meeting & Seed Swap

You are invited to join The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance for our 2016 Annual Meeting on Monday, March 21st at 5:30 pm. We will be sharing our accomplishments from 2015 and discussing future projects KCAA will be taking on in 2016.

This is a potluck meeting (potluck dish not required to attend), and is open to KCAA members and the general community; anyone who may be interested in learning more about KCAA!

When: Monday, March 21st

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Where: Kitsap Regional Library Poulsbo Branch – Community Meeting Room (700 Lincoln Road NE, Poulsbo, WA)

What to Bring: Yourself and a potluck dish (not required to attend).

We will be holding a Seed Swap as part of this years annual meeting. During the potluck and social time we will have a section set up for those that would like to partake in the sharing of seeds. Bring any extra seeds you have for planting and swap with others! KCAA will provide sandwich baggies to carry seeds home in.

For more information/questions please email

We hope to see you there!

Are You A Local Farmer? Read On…….

Are you a local farmer? Would you like to have your farm business listed in the 2016 Cascade Harvest Coalitions Farm Guide?

The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance would like to purchase ad space this year and list local farms for FREE. We can only move forward on this project if we know how many people are willing to take part. Farms would be able to list farm name and one additional piece of info (some examples include website address, phone, physical address, etc). In addition to the printed guide, KCAA will be designing and uploading an interactive map on our website with hotlinks to each farm that takes part in the project.

If your farm is interested in taking part we need to hear from you by February 23rd. Please reply directly to if you would like to be added to our list of possible participants.
We hope to hear from you soon!
~ KCAA Board of Directors

Thank You To The 2015 Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Sponsors & Donors!

Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance’s 7th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner was a huge success. The KCAA Board of Directors would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the following local businesses and individuals for their commitment to local agriculture and this event. With their help we were fortunate to host Joel Salatin, author and advocate of organic agriculture, for an amazing day around our community.

Thank you!

2015 Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Sponsors

Kitsap Bank
Port Townsend Food Co-op
Kitsap Poultry Growers
Great Peninsula Conservancy
Cenex – Poulsbo
Kitsap Credit Union
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2015 Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner Donors

Abundantly Green
Bainbridge Vineyards
Barb’s Sweets & Treats
Blackjack Valley Farm
Bon Bon Bakery c/o Marie Vila
Broken Ground Farm
Brothers Greenhouses
Central Market
City Of Bremerton
CJ’s Evergreen General Store & Catering
Creek House Family Farms
Davis Farm
Del Tucker / Rocky Ranch
Doug’s Harlow Gardens
Eleven Winery
Farm Kitchen c/o Sparrow Breads – Katherine Albro
Fat Apple Bakery
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Gregory Farms c/o: Paul Gregory
Hansville Creamery
Harbour Public House
Heyday Farm
Hitchcock Restaurant
Holly James
Inky Quills Soaps
Jack Munro
Karesha Sahali
Kiana Lodge
Kitsap E-Z Earth
Kitsap Poultry Growers Cooperative
Legacy Farm c/o Peggy & Scott Hall
London Maid Crumpets
Mayor Patty Lent
Mel Carlson / Mel’s Wood Boxes
Michelle Schmittler
Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Café
Mossback Café
Olympic College
Olympic College c/o: Chris Plemmons – Culinary Arts Program
Peninsula Paint Company
Persephone Farm
Pheasant Fields Farm
RNR Originals
Roadhouse Nursery
Robbi Perez
Rose Orchards
Short Family Farm
Silverdale Beach Hotel
Slippery Pig Brewery
Start Now Gardens
Sweet And Smokey Diner
Sweets & Savories
The Gift Garden
The Smithshyre Farm
Tom Douglas Restaurants
Town & Country Market
Viking Feast Ice Cream

Are You Passionate About Local Agriculture?

KCAA is recruiting new board members
Are you passionate about local agriculture, healthy food systems and connecting your community with the resources available to them? If so, we need you as part of the KCAA team!

The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA), a 501(c)(3), provides Kitsap County & West Sound residents with small Ag events, education opportunities, and resources required for small producers to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. Through these efforts we contribute to a sustainable small agricultural industry, the local economy, and preserve our region’s farming heritage for future generations.

We are looking for individuals who are willing and able to donate time and energy towards furthering agriculture here on the Kitsap Peninsula. In addition to attending required board meetings (occurring on the 4th Tuesday of each month), board members are asked to participate in at least one committee (education, events, policy, or communications), and take part in any major KCAA fundraiser/educational events throughout the year.

For more information please download our KCAA Board Member Position Description. Then fill out our Board Member Application and submit by February 24th, 2016. Elections will be held prior to the KCAA Annual Meeting in March.

For more information and an application please contact the KCAA Elections Committee at 360-355-9413 or

KCAA Elections Committee
P.O. Box 6004
Bremerton, Washington 98312
Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance

Kitsap Fresh is hiring a part time Project Manager, deadline 16 October 2015

Kitsap Fresh is hiring a part time Project Manager!

With our recent USDA Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grant award, Kitsap Fresh is now able to hire a part-time Project Manager. The job description & requirements are available at the link below.

The purpose of this position is to manage many of the activities associated with the Kitsap Fresh online marketplace and will work with the Board of Directors to expand and manage operations in multiple locations throughout the county.

Pierce Conservation District offering a Farm Finances Workshop, Oct 21st, 6-8pm

Farm Finances Workshop, October 21st, 6-8pm

See for the full class information.

 Many farmers struggle to make ends meet. Pierce Conservation District is offering a rare opportunity to learn from a successful farming model. Farmer Nathan Moomaw is generously willing to share his farm business model, including his farming costs and intakes with us in addition to offering practical, real-life strategies and tips relating to budgeting, business planning, market identification, marketing and much more.

Space limited – register now to reserve your spot! (FREE)

When: Wednesday, October 21st, 6-8pm

Where Central Gig Harbor, WA  / Register for address

Register: Contact Sofia Gidlund at or (253) 845-9770 (ext. 105) or register online via

Respond to the contact information on the flyer or above for attendance.