was a great opportunity for local farmers to come learn, connect, and shape our local food system.
The two breakout sessions had the following topics to choose from:
Challenges on the Horizon to include the Hirst water well state supreme court decision , an update on the Agricultural Resource Land (ARL) zoning designation changes coming in 2017, changes in the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act rules, and finding farm labor.
Tools to Keep the Farm in Farming to include lending opportunities, conservation easements, estate planning, and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service programs.
Drainage and Drainage Districts included a panel of commissioners from various drainage districts discussing their goals, challenges, and lessons learned, and a King County perspective given by the coordinator of the King Conservation District's Agricultural Drainage Program.
New Technology and Innovation included techie tools, on-line tools, and a farm to table case study.
This workshop provided technical information when applying for irrigation wells, including information on water rights, other ways of securing water rights, how to transfer rights, and irrigation planning and management techniques.
A dynamic Farm to Table Trade Workshop where you can meet and network with farmers and purchasers, such as grocery, food hubs, farmers markets, institutional buyers, restaurants, and others. This is a unique event focused on making connections, sharing ideas, sourcing products, and discovering new market opportunities for Pierce County.
Drainage: On the Farm - A discussion on the problems & strategies January 28, 2016
An interactive workshop that examined drainage issues and what can be done about it. Proactive management strategies were explored, such as the types of crops to grow if fields are too wet.
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Food Hubs: What are they and does Pierce County need one? November 18,2015
Explored the concept of a Pierce County Food Hub and will result in next steps to support the local food market.