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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!

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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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…

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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…

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