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Is Farming Right for You?

Is Farming Right for You?

When: July 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: Olympic College, Poulsbo

Sponsored by Farm Services Agency, WSU Extension and the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance, Presented by Paul McClellan of Corvus Northwest with guest speakers.   We’ll learn from local farmers about their journey into farming, and discuss some predictors for farm business success. We’ll explore how clear goals, limits, and needs-determination drive good business decisions.   This class is the first in a series of monthly, local food systems courses for new and beginning farmers and producers. To learn about the series, visit http://extension.wsu.edu/kitsap/agriculture/business-2/   Doors and registration open at 3:30pm

Course fee $20;  3-course set $54; Full series $136

Register at isfarmingrightforyou.brownpapertickets.com 

Pre-event registration open through July 16 @10pm.

Day-of-class registration $25 permitted on a space-available basis; credit card payment only.

Light refreshments served, but please bring a sack lunch.

Corvus NW is a Kitsap-based consultancy helping local farms, food ventures, makers, and small enterprises manage their business for true sustainability and resilience.

Basic Accounting Workshop For Farmers

Basic Accounting Workshop For Farmers

Join Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA) along with Legacy Accounting and WSU Regional Small Farms Program as we delve into basic accounting for farmers.


What the workshop will cover:

– Why bother tracking Income and Expenses?
– The Financial Statements:  Income Statement, Cash Flow and
Balance Sheet
– Basic Accounting Concepts
– Developing a Bookkeeping System – spreadsheets vs. an accounting program
– Pricing, Budgeting, and Forecasting for Profitability

When: Monday, December 5th, 2016 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Where: Norm Dicks Government Building (345 6th St., Bremerton WA)

To RSVP: This is a FREE educational workshop. To reserve your seat please visit our Brown Paper Ticket event site:

Refreshments and snacks will be provided courtesy of KCAA’s board of directors.

Presented by: Peggy Hall, Legacy Accounting & Software Training

Sponsored by: Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA) and WSU Regional Small Farms Program

We hope you will register and join us!

Questions? Contact us anytime at info@kitsapag.org

Food Hubs – Connecting Farmers & Consumers

Food Hubs – Connecting Farmers & Consumers

We want to help grow the pie! Please join KCAA and friends for a special interactive panel discussion centered on the exciting and brave new world of the local food hub model! The success of local farms depends upon creating and reaching new markets, both retail and institutional. Our panel of experts will discuss issues of particular importance to local farmers, producers, and other parties interested in growing and being a part of a thriving local-food model.

Guest Panel Includes:
Beth Robinette – a fourth-generation rancher in the Spokane area, and co-founded LINC Foods, a Spokane food hub connecting local farmers and producers and institutional consumers.

Roni Smith – Owner/operator of The Smithshyre, helped found Kitsap Fresh, Kitsap County’s online farmers market.

Laura Ryser – Kitsap County Community and Economic Development Specialist in the WSU Community and Economic Development Program Unit.

This discussion is FREE and promises practical information, insights, and inspiration for any farmer or producer in Kitsap County hoping to grow more, sell more, and connect more with consumers eager to access the rich resource of Kitsap-grown food and farm products. Please join us!

When: Sunday, September 25th from 3pm – 5pm
Where: Olympic College (1600 Chester Avenue) – Rotunda

Please reserve your FREE ticket at Brown Paper Tickets Event Site

KCAA Noxious Weeds Workshop – Gotta Pull ‘Em All!

KCAA Noxious Weeds Workshop – Gotta Pull ‘Em All!

Join  KCAA and Dana Coggon of WSU Kitsap Extension for an informative day looking at Noxious Weeds in our area and in your own backyard.

This is a FREE community workshop focusing on plant problems on farmland and in the backyard garden. Registration is required. Those that RSVP will receive a FREE t-shirt!

When: Sunday, August 21st, 2016 from 12pm – 3pm
Where: Norm Dicks Government Building (345 6th St., Bremerton)

RSVP at http://kcaanoxiousweeds.bpt.me/ to receive a free t-shirt at attendance!

The day will consist of:
– Introduction to noxious weeds in our region
– Show & Tell – Bring your noxious weeds (bring up to 20 weeds found on your property to discuss with the group).
– Interactive, hands-on Weed Circus (identification and control recommendations).
– Q&A with Dana Coggon, WSU Kitsap Extension Noxious Weeds officer.

We hope you will register and join us!

Questions? Contact KCAA at kcaa4u@yahoo.com

KCAA to host Joel Salatin’s visit to Kitsap on September 27th, several events including the Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

KCAA to host Joel Salatin’s visit to Kitsap on September 27th, several events including the Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

A day with Joel Salatin and the 7th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner, Sunday September 27th 2015.

The mission of KCAA is to provide education, resources, and advocacy for local agriculture on the Kitsap Peninsula. In keeping with these goals, we are proud to bring Joel Salatin – farmer, public speaker, writer, and advocate for local, sustainable and sensible agriculture to participate in an exciting series of events.

Throughout the day, Joel will meet with local young farmers, speak at an intimate brunch at beautiful Kiana Lodge, participate in a panel on how to create a thriving local ecology and local economy at Olympic College, and keynote KCAA’s Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner at Olympic College in Bremerton.

  • Kiana Lodge Brunch, 10:30am-1:00pm – $50 per person – Directions to Kiana Lodge
  • Speaker Panel Discussion with Laura Ryser-WSU Extension Kitsap, Zach Wailand-Dharma Ridge Farms, and Jackie Cross-Tom Douglas Restaurants – (Please Note:  The venue has been changed to the Rotunda in the Engineering Building at Olympic College), 2:30-4:30pm – $15 per person – Directions to Olympic College
  • Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD), Olympic College Bremer Student Center, Doors open at 4:00pm, Dinner from 5:00-7:00pm – Directions to Olympic College

Prices for Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD):
$45 per person, $5 off for KCAA members
$80 per couple, $10 off for KCAA members
$300 for a table of 8 (Includes 1 free membership/renewal to KCAA)
$20 per student/farm intern (must show proof of status)
Children 7 and under are free!

Become a member or renew your yearly membership and receive $10 off dinner for a couple, or $5 off of dinner for an individual, when you combine Dinner tickets and membership. Just click on “Enter a Password or Discount Code:” and type SignMeUp in the box and click “Show Available Tickets” to see the bundle prices.
Individual membership with 1 KGHD ticket – $60
Family Membership with 2 KGHD tickets – $105

Special bundle price for Bremerton High School Speaking Event and Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner – $55

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The 7th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner brings a bounty of locally-grown food in a showcased community dining experience prepared by top-line, local chefs.

Led by Chef Chris Plemmons (Olympic College Culinary Program, Two Snooty Chefs) the presentation that awaits our locally farmed produce and livestock is certain to be a culinary delight.

Also not to be missed this year is the Silent Auction which will feature an array of local products and services.

We look forward to celebrating and supporting our local farmers and culinary masters with you!

Annual Meeting Potluck – Meet the Farmer and Ag Code Update, April 21st 6pm

Annual Meeting Potluck – Meet the Farmer and Ag Code Update, April 21st 6pm

You are invited to join The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance for our 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00 pm.

Just added to the agenda is a presentation of the 2015 Agriculture Code Update from Darren Gurney of Kitsap County. The presentation will include an explanation of the issues associated with preliminary draft agriculture code language development, where are they in the process of the update, and how you can provide feedback for the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners.

This is also an opportunity to “Meet the Farmer”. Local farmers will be on hand to share information about their CSAs and how to find their products at the local farmers markets/farm stores.

The KCAA will be sharing our accomplishments from 2014, kicking off the new Kitsap Grown campaign and discussing future projects KCAA will be taking on in 2015.

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: Tuesday, April 21st 2015

Time: 6pm – 8pm

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

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

For more information/questions please email kcaa4u@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

Annual Meeting & Meet the Farmer, Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm at Poulsbo Library

Annual Meeting & Meet the Farmer, Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm at Poulsbo Library

You are invited to join The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance for our 2015 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 6pm. We will be sharing our accomplishments from 2014, kicking off the new Kitsap Grown campaign and discussing future projects KCAA will be taking on in 2015.  Come and meet your local farmers, farmers market managers and sign up for your favorite CSA,
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: Tuesday, April 21st 2015
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Where: Kitsap Regional Library Poulsbo Branch – Community Meeting Room (Click for directions: 700 Lincoln Road NE, Poulsbo, WA)
What to Bring: Yourself and a potluck dish (not required to attend).
For more information/questions please email kcaa4u@yahoo.com
We hope to see you there!
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 CoalitionWSDA GAPsWSU 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 Here: http://wsoundf2t.bpt.me/.

Kitsap’s 2015 Local Food Map Signup

Kitsap’s 2015 Local Food Map Signup

For the first time, Kitsap’s farms and local food-oriented businesses can sign up to be on a visual representation of our local food scene. This year, KCAA will be creating a collaborative map of our local food businesses, placing it prominently in the Cascade Harvest Coalition’s Farm Guide for statewide distribution. In creating a collaborative map, we will be joining fellow counties, Jefferson, Clallam, and San Juan in creating five pages of engaging imagery in the first section of the guide. For a reference of what a Kitsap map will look like, check out this hi-res version of Jefferson’s and Clallam’s shared pages in last year’s guide: http://mattsircely.com/2014-north-olympic-peninsula-local-food-map/ 

We are excited to invite farms and local food businesses to participate in this cooperative ad, knowing that it is distributed throughout the Puget Sound to over 100,000 readers.

  Participating in the ad – the map is divided into a few dozen shares, where one share equals a simple listing and a spot on the map (as seen in the link example above). Some may opt for 2, 3, or 4 shares to create a display ad for greater presence. All space is provisioned fairly and proportionally, and a share price of $65 represents approx 70% off the best comparable listing in the guide. And because some of the businesses that most need advertising are those that who can usually least afford it, assistance is available to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate.

 Please download the pricing sheet which includes several examples of how much information and artwork can be attained at each level of participation.

 Benefits – we are extremely excited to be working with Matt Sircely, the designer and organizer of the Jefferson and Clallam ads. If you’d like to reserve a display ad, Matt will work with you to design it for no additional fee. If you already have artwork available, he will either place it directly, or design a customized ad and bounce it back to you for feedback and confirmation.

 Beyond the affordability of the collaborative ad, farmers will also receive a free listing on the Puget Sound Fresh website and mobile app. If you already have a website, the link will increase your traffic and search ranking. If you don’t have a website, the web page can be a free new source of marketing for your future customers to discover. The incredible staff at Cascade Harvest Coalition connects directly with farmers to help get the page up and running. The mobile app allows tourists or restaurants being able to assess your farm location and product availability in just a moment. And remember, the Cascade Harvest Coalition staff is always on hand to offer marketing support to farms year-round.

 While the CHC has been creating the Farm Guide for years, they are always sweetening the deal for farmers who participate in the collaborative ad projects. This year, for the first time partnership with the Eat Well Guide, a nationwide platform which will link to everyone who chooses to have a free web listing. There is also ongoing discussion with Pierce County, which intends to create a search function for CSAs and U-Picks.

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Please respond with your level of interest or if you have any questions or concerns that we can talk through. If you know if any low-income farmers who deserve to be on the map, but may not be able to afford it, please pass along that special discounts are available, and every deserving producer should be on the map, regardless of ability to pay. Those who can afford it least should go on the map first.

 Time is of the essence to bring this project to the guide. It’s thrilling to know that with your investment of $65, you are also investing support of your neighbors, and in bringing the message to the rest of the state that agriculture is alive and thriving in Kitsap. If you’d like to take out a display ad for $130 (2 shares) or $260 (four shares), we’ll put you in touch with our designer right away so he can customize your content free of charge. Our goal is to pull this 100% together within the next couple weeks.

 Once we’ve placed our map in the guide, hundreds of thousands of potential customers will see it around the state. Furthermore, once it’s done, we own it. We can customize the artwork for any purpose all year long – posters, web imagery, it’s exciting to think what can happen when we all stick together.

 Please reserve your space on the map as soon as you can, or call us to ask any question you might have. Simply reply to this email.

 Thanks – we’ll be in touch! 

Sincerely,
 
KCAA

 

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