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County Updating Critical Areas Ordinance

County Updating Critical Areas Ordinance

County updating Critical Areas Ordinance By Scott Hall, KCAA Director & Local Farmer Kitsap County is currently undergoing a required review/update of the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) The CAO covers several topics, but the one that most directly affects agriculture on a continuing basis is wetlands. The Kitsap County CAO has always included certain wetlands exemptions for agriculture. The exemptions are related to “existing and ongoing agriculture” on lands that contain wetlands. Generally, if land containing wetlands was used for…

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New State Law Will Shield Agritourism From Lawsuits

New State Law Will Shield Agritourism From Lawsuits

New state law will shield agritourism from lawsuits By Scott Hall, KCAA Director & Local Farmer The Washington state legislature has passed a bill, ESSB 5808 that will shield practitioners of agritourism from lawsuits. It is expected to become law this legislative session, following the signature of the Governor. The law will identify “agritourism professionals” as any person in the business of providing one or more agritourism activities, whether or not for compensation. The new law will limit the liability…

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West Sound Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting coming to Island Lake, Friday March 20th

West Sound Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting coming to Island Lake, Friday March 20th

Register NOW for the West Sound Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting on March 20th, 2015. Presented by Cascade Harvest Coalition, WSDA GAPs, WSU Extension for Jefferson & Kitsap Counties, and Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance. We need both Specialty Crop Producers and local Buyers to attend to make this meeting a success. The focus of this trade meeting will be on Innovations and Expanding your Marketing Mix with a special presentation on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). There will be opportunities to network, market, and connect with local businesses. Register…

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August 13th, Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage & Potluck

August 13th, Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage & Potluck

Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage 6:30pm, North Kitsap Fire & Rescue   Join us on Tuesday, August 13th for our monthly meeting, community potluck, and educational session: Roundtable Discussion on Agricultural Code & Signage    Come to learn more & ask questions about what’s happening with the Agricultural Code in Kitsap County. Featuring members of KCAA’s Policy Committee, staff from Kitsap County’s Department of Community Development, and other involved farmers & citizens.

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