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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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June 27th Board Meeting & Update

June 27th Board Meeting & Update

KCAA Board Meeting Summary – June 27, 2017 Well, folks, we came, we ate some pizza, and we talked! This time, the Central Kitsap Farmers’ Market was a bit more enjoyable – we didn’t dodge raindrops and Roni didn’t shiver her way through the meeting. The Highlights: The Farmers’ market is doing well – receipts and visits are up, and the farmers finally have a bunch of beautiful things to sell. Our long-term plan is to be able to hire…

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May 30th, 2017 Board Meeting & Update

May 30th, 2017 Board Meeting & Update

We held a KCAA board meeting on Tuesday May 30 – a cold and damp day for the end of May! We gathered at the Central Kitsap Farmer’s Market, and I wanted to share a few of the highlights with you, our dear members and supporters. We discussed the Farmer’s Market –still in its infancy. We are anticipating more traffic and much larger selection of produce and protein as the weather improves, but farmers, like everyone else in Kitsap, are…

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Petersen Estate Gifts $50,000 to KCAA

Petersen Estate Gifts $50,000 to KCAA

Petersen Estate Gifts $50,000 to Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance On Tuesday, June 6th, at the new Central Kitsap Farmers Market, Dorothy Lind, executor of the Gerald Petersen Estate presented the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA) with a donation check of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000). The generous donation was a gift from the Estate in recognition of Scott & Peggy Hall. The Halls were deeply involved in the historic Petersen Farm before the passing of Gerald Petersen in 2009…

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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…

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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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KCAA Is Looking For New Board Members!

KCAA Is Looking For 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! 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,…

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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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Jerry Darnall – 2016 KCAA Farmer Of The Year!

Jerry Darnall – 2016 KCAA Farmer Of The Year!

Congratulations to Jerry Darnall of JJJ Farm who was voted KCAA’s 2016 Farmer Of The Year. Jerry has been a tireless advocate for Ag education and has positively contributed to many areas of Kitsap County agriculture for decades. Thank you Jerry for all the time and energy you give to our community!

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