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KCAA’s Farmer of the Year 2017 – Nominations

KCAA’s Farmer of the Year 2017 – 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 2017 Farmer/Farm Business of the Year will be announced at the 9th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) on Sunday, September 24th at Olympic College, Bremer Student Center. Tickets for the KGHD are available on Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3056272

Criteria to consider when nominating:

1. Contributions that the farm business has made in the community as a whole.
2. The growth of farm business over the past year.
3. Contributions to the furtherance and advocacy of farming and agriculture in Kitsap County.
4. Past history of farm activities.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you at the 9th Annual KGHD to celebrate the winner!

The Kitsap Great Give – May 2nd

The Kitsap Great Give – May 2nd

KCAA will be taking part in this years Great Give on May 2nd.
Join us in our “I’m Committed” campaign to support farmers and locally grown food! Your donation supports scholarships for budding agripreneurs, educational workshops that we provide, the Central Kitsap Farmers Market and the Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner.

How it works:

  • For 24 hours on May 2, you can review the profiles of over 200 local nonprofit organizations on the Kitsap Great Give website (including KCAA’s!).
  • Donate to as many of them as you’d like
  • Help our community reach the goal of raising $1.5 Million for charity in one day!

The best part is that every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched by the event sponsors so that the nonprofits you donate to will actually get more money than you donate! Your $100 donation could become $120 or more actually going to the nonprofit. Your donations can also help the nonprofits win extra donation prizes throughout the day.

Join KCAA on May 2nd at our opening day of the Central Kitsap Farmers Market to donate in person between 3pm and 7pm or go online to the Great Give website and support KCAA!

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

Save The Date! – 8th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

Save The Date! – 8th Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner

Mark your calendars for this years Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner on September 25th!

The 8th 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 dinner will be held at Olympic College on Sunday, September 25th, 2016.
Tickets go on sale August 1st!

Also not to be missed this year is the Silent Auction which will feature an array of local products and services as well as our special keynote speaker, Beth Robinette with LINC Foods.

We hope you will save the date and join us in celebrating and supporting our local farmers and culinary masters!

Beth Robinette 2Keynote Speaker – Beth Robinette:
Beth Robinette, MBA, a fourth generation Spokanite, has been a food activist in the Spokane area for over 10 years. When she is not connecting farmers to markets at LINC Foods, she can be found building fence, or chasing cows, on her family’s cattle ranch, the Lazy R, where they raisegrass-fed beef. Her academic studies have revolved around
business, marketing and sustainable food systems.

Support KCAA During This Years Kitsap Great Give!

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 (www.kitsapgreatgive.org).
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.

KCAA 2016 Annual Meeting & Seed Swap

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).

SPECIAL THIS YEAR:
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
kcaa4u@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

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

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

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

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 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 sofiag@piercecountycd.org or (253) 845-9770 (ext. 105) or register online via http://tinyurl.com/pcdfarmfinance

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

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