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2018 Farmer of the Year Nominations!

2018 Farmer of the Year Nominations!

It’s that time of year again! Farm Business/Farmer of the Year nominations are going on now through August 31st. Nominate by emailing us at info@kitsapag.org. Be sure to tell us why you are nominating the farmer/farm business (include criteria below). We will compile the nominations and send/post a link to a survey to vote in early September. The 2018 Farmer/Farm Business of the Year will be announced at the 10th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) on Sunday, September 30th…

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Barn Raiser at The Smithshyre

Barn Raiser at The Smithshyre

Come on out and enjoy a fun filled evening on the farm! The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA) is pairing with The Smithshyre to put on a special Barn Raiser event on Jun 2nd from 4pm to 9pm. This is a family friendly event that will include food, live music, kids activities, farm tours and a petting zoo with fur babies from the farm! Entrance is a suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds going directly to supporting The…

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Marketing Your Farm Business

Marketing Your Farm Business

Farmers, producers, processors! Come one, come all! Even if your business isn’t quite off the ground, you´re welcome to attend Marketing Your Farm Business is 4th in a series of monthly classes in the ¨Cultivating Success¨ curriculum for farmers and food businesses working within our local food system. It’s going to be a great class! You´ll learn: How can you differentiate yourself from the pack? What’s your secret sauce? How do you develop a niche product or market? What´s your…

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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…

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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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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:…

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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:…

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Nominations For The 2016 Farmer/Farm Business Award Going on NOW!

Nominations For The 2016 Farmer/Farm Business Award Going on NOW!

Farm Business/Farmer of the Year nominations are going on now through September 16th. Do you know a really great Kitsap Farmer? The 2016 Farmer/Farm Business of the Year will be announced at the 8th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) on Sunday, September 25th at Olympic College, Bremer Student Center. Now is the time to nominate a Farmer that you think has had an outstanding year and deserves some recognition.  Maybe they have provided you with delicious local goodness throughout…

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Farm Profile – Sagging Fence Farm

Farm Profile – Sagging Fence Farm

Interview conducted by KCAA Board Member Elizabeth Hoffman Sagging Fence is a small scale goat dairy operation owned by Juli and Bob Fisher out of Port Orchard, WA. They currently have a closed herd of seventeen rambunctious Nubian dairy goats. Their main market product is a Farmstead Aged Goat Milk Cheese that they distribute to local restaurants, shops, and sell personally every Saturday at the Port Orchard Farmers Market. Did you grow up on a farm? Actually both Bob and…

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